Stress fractures are cracks in the bone that can occur during high impact sports such as running or jumping, or sports that involve repetitive movements like cricket or rowing.
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How painful are stress fractures?
Stress fractures occur most commonly in the foot or ankle. Normally the pain develops gradually and worsens if you put weight on the area. The site of the injury may be swollen and painful to the touch.
How can I tell if I have a stress fracture?
X-rays won’t always reveal a stress fracture. You may need to have an MRI scan or nuclear bone scan using a small amount of radioactive material.
How can I prevent stress fractures?
Build up exercise gradually particularly when embarking on new sports or training regimes. Wear well-fitting sports shoes. Ensure you are getting enough vitamin D and Calcium. Take regular breaks and stop exercising when you are tired.
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