Weekly Health Tips
Reduce Stress Fracture Risk
A stress fracture is a crack in a bone. It is a common injury in high-impact sports such as running or when people dramatically increase their level of physical activity. To reduce the risk of stress fractures, start off slowly when engaging in new activities; gradually increase intensity and duration. Practice strength training for strong muscles and bones. Get enough calcium and vitamin D. Alternate activities to lessen the strain on bones. Always wear appropriate athletic apparel, such as supportive running shoes. Replace worn-out equipment as needed. Rest anytime you feel pain or have swelling.