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Health Tip: What May Cause a Stress Fracture

Health Tip: What May Cause a Stress Fracture


(HealthDay News) -- A stress fracture often occurs from a sudden increase in activity.

Abrupt overuse of the muscles means they can no longer absorb the shock of a particular activity. This causes a small crack to develop in nearby bone.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this list of common reasons for stress fractures:

  • Suddenly exercising more frequently or more intensely.
  • Exercising on a new type of surface, such as when a tennis player changes from soft clay to a harder surface.
  • Using worn or inappropriate exercise equipment, such as shoes without adequate support.
  • A sudden increase in physical stress, such as when a sports player is abruptly given more playing time.
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