(HealthDay News) -- A stress fracture is an overuse injury that
usually occurs from exercise, such as running.
Fatigued muscles after a while aren't able to absorb the stress
of a certain activity, so the bone begins to absorb the impact,
resulting in a tiny fracture.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests how to
help a stress fracture heal:
- Take a break from the exercise or activity that triggered the
stress fracture. Generally, healing takes about six to eight
- If possible, limit yourself to light activity that doesn't
cause pain for your particular fracture.
- Using a brace or shoe insert may help speed healing.
- Don't resume the activity too early, as re-injuring the area
could cause an even larger, longer-lasting problem.
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