28 Aug '15, 12pm

How do you know when you have a stress fracture?

While you can run on a stress fracture, you shouldn't--doing so simply delays healing and will probably lead to a compensatory injury from altering your running form. The sooner a stress fracture is diagnosed and treated, the faster the athlete can return to activity. Consider the case of Rich Kenah, who won bronze medals at 800m in the 1997 indoor and outdoor world championships. When he resumed training for the 1998 season, he developed pain in the middle of his foot. Kenah was able to run for another month, albeit in pain, and began compensating, which led to pain on the outside of the foot. It turns out that Kenah had a navicular stress fracture (bone in the midfoot) and compensation for this injury led to a stress fracture in the fourth metatarsal bone. A long layoff ensued, which included crutches, a walking cast and a bone stimulator. Kenah had to miss the 1998 seas...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-treatment/how-do-you-k...

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