(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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