Runners who are training for their next race are always prone to injuries. One of the most dreaded is the stress fracture that often can occur in the foot or in the lower leg. While there are other types of stress fractures such as those in the pelvis, they are much more rare.
Some running injuries occur by falls or improper steps on uneven pavement or trails, but stress fractures are insidious and develop over time.
Stress fractures are more prone to occur when increasing your mileage or running speed too quickly, although all stress fractures are due to impact.
Why do some runners constantly experience injuries from running while others do not? The truth is, we are not all build ideally for running, however, the right shoe or the right foot orthotic can help with impact problems.
A chiropractor is your best first option in the healthcare system to help you evaluate and treat most running injuries. The profession has sports certified and diplomate practitioners who use manipulation, soft tissue techniques, exercises, foot orthotics and treadmill evaluation to properly diagnose the mechanism of injury. Their unique approach of treating the whole and the mechanical basis for impact can help you prevent the next injury as well, since impact injuries such as stress fractures are due to impact. Medically speaking, it is important to properly diagnose a stress fracture, but unless you solve the impact problem, the next injury is likely to occur to another part of the body.
I found a great article regarding stress fractures that offers some sound advice. While an x ray is often the first choice of diagnostics, an MRI is a better tool to diagnose a stress fracture. Is the MRI absolutely necessary when you can abstain from running for six weeks while avoiding the cost of the test? Most stress injuries heal unassisted on their own with little need for a boot or another type of device. If you have a high deductible plan, you may want to use that medical expense to find out why you have an impact problem instead.
Check out the article below
Everything You Need to Know If You Suspect a Stress Fracture in Your Foot
A top sports medicine doctor shares how to identify and treat a dreaded stress fracture.
THE RUNNER’S WORLD EDITORS and JORDAN D. METZL, MD
MAY 13, 2019
It can happen in an instant. It usually starts with a flinch—something that doesn’t feel right—then a sinking feeling in your stomach, and a hope that it’s nothing serious. But sometimes (and all too often for us runners) the result is a stress fracture. Runners most often get stress fractures in the foot or lower leg. Stress fractures in the foot can be caused by too much loading force on the bone. One way this happens is when you tack on too many miles too quickly.
If you suspect a stress fracture in your foot or other parts of your body such as your shins, knees, or hips, take a break from training and check in with your doctor. Here, Jordan Metzl, M.D., a sports medicine physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, breaks down everything you need to know about stress fractures.