30 Oct '13, 2am
Sidelined with a stress fracture? Here's everything you need to know:
A stress fracture is a tiny crack in the surface of a bone, usually in the lower leg or the metatarsals of the foot. Stress fractures usually occur when runners are increasing the intensity and volume of their training over several weeks to several months. Muscle soreness and stiffness progress over this period, and a pinpoint pain develops on the sore bone. If you suspect you may have a fracture, see a doctor immediately, as further running will only worsen what may be a cracked bone. He or she can perform an x-ray which may show a crack; however, more often than not, a stress fracture won't appear on an x-ray and your doctor should then refer you to a sports-oriented physician for a bone scan.