FLORIDA HOSPITAL EAST ORLANDO: Stress Fracture 101: How Little Bone Cracks Can Be a Big Deal

By Press release submission | | Mar 4, 2019

Florida Hospital East Orlando issued the following announcement on Feb. 28.

A stress fracture happens slowly, as a bone absorbs impact after impact without getting the rest it needs to rebuild. These small stresses add up, eventually creating a small but painful crack called a stress fracture.

Stress fractures are most commonly seen in athletes who train too hard, too quickly, says Dr. Brad Homan, Medical Director of Sports Medicine at AdventHealth Celebration. Stress fractures almost always happen in the weight-bearing bones of the legs and feet.

Bones are like muscles — regular activity is good for them. As they undergo increasing stress, bones break down and, in time, rebuild stronger. When the stress comes too frequently, like when a marathon runner overtrains, the bone is repeatedly breaking down without building up afterward.

The result can be a stress fracture, a painful condition that, if ignored, can eventually become a complete break. They are preventable, though.

Paying attention to the signs of an impending stress fracture can save you some pain and ensure your training isn’t interrupted.

It’s important to note that, while most stress fractures are caused by overuse, they can also be a sign of low bone density. As Dr. Homan explains, women who have gone through menopause should pay special attention to potential stress fractures.

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Source: Florida Hospital East Orlando 

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