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The most important healing method is rest. A person who has this injury needs to rest from activities that cause stress fractures
and only do activities that are not painless for four to eight weeks.
If the activity that causes stress fractures is carried back too quickly, larger bone fractures can occur and the healing process will be longer.
Injuries that occur repeatedly without going through the healing process can cause chronic problems and stress fractures may not heal completely.
Perhaps the most famous example of a stress fracture occurred in Paula Radcliffe, a British marathon athlete who won a world record at the London Marathon 2003 with a time record of 2:15:25.
Shortly before the 2012 Olympics in London, Paula’s soft bones between the two bones of the foot were fractured and the doctor gave Paula a small chance of running again.
This fracture resulted from a stress fracture that failed to be diagnosed in 1994.
As a result he resigned from the British national team and until early 2013 Paula still could not run even though several operations had been carried out to fix his leg bones. In addition to rest, shoe inserts or leg braces can also be used.
Here are some tips by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons to help prevent stress fractures:
-When participating in sports activities that have never been done before, start gradually. For example, beginner runners do not immediately try to run 5 kilometers per day. Practice gradually to increase mileage each week.
-Cross-training, or alternative activities to achieve the same fitness goals, can help prevent stress fractures. Instead of running every day, we can bike or swim alternately with running schedules. Add also some strength and flexibility exercises.
-Maintain a healthy diet. Make sure you consume enough food with enough calcium and vitamin D.
-Use adequate sports equipment. Don’t wear the wrong running shoes or worn ones.
-If pain or swelling arises, immediately stop the activity and rest for a few days. If pain continues, visit an orthopedic specialist.
-It is important to remember that if we recognize the initial symptoms and take appropriate healing actions, we can return to the same intensity as before the injury occurred.