(HealthDay News) -- A stress fracture is a common injury of the lower leg and foot, involving overused muscles that become fatigued and are no longer able to protect nearby bones from stress and shock.
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The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends how to help prevent stress fractures:
- Gradually increase exercise over time.
- Engage in different types of physical activities that use different muscles.
- Stick to a healthy diet that's rich in calcium and vitamin D.
- Make sure athletic equipment is in good shape, especially your running shoes.
- Always stop exercising and rest if you have any swelling or pain.
-- Diana Kohnle
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