It can happen in an instant. But sometimes and all too often for us runners the result is a stress fracture. Runners most often get stress fractures in the foot or lower leg. Stress fractures in the foot can be caused by too much loading force on the bone. One way this happens is when you tack on too many miles too quickly.
Stress fractures are tiny cracks in a bone — most commonly, in the weight-bearing bones of the lower leg and foot. Stress fractures are tiny cracks in a bone. They're caused by repetitive force, often from overuse — such as repeatedly jumping up and down or running long distances. Stress fractures can also develop from normal use of a bone that's weakened by a condition such as osteoporosis.
A stress fracture is a tiny crack in a bone. Stress fractures usually happen from repeating the same movement over and over such as when someone trains for a sport. They also can happen from everyday activities in people whose bones are weak due to poor nutrition or a medical condition. The lower leg and the foot are the most common areas to get a stress fracture.
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