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Stress Fracture Primer

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So, what exactly is a stress fracture? How do you know when shin splints have progressed to a stress fracture? And how do you treat it so you can get back on the road as soon as possible and as strong as possible?

For starters, it’s sort of the mother of all running injuries (short of a full fracture). You really don’t want to hear that coming out of your doctor’s mouth, but if you do, know that it’s only a bump in the road; respect their advice no matter how much you may dislike them in that moment. If you don’t, you’re only hurting yourself – and making it easier for them to put their kids through college!

Here are some of the resources I consulted last month when trying to determine if my aches and pains were something I could deal with on my own or if they were something that needed attention from more practiced hands.

Stress Fractures (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
Inside the Doctor’s Office: Stress Fractures
Sidelined With a Stress Fracture

Hopefully you’ll never find yourself needing this info, but if you do, knowing what you’re potentially up against before you can see your doctor can help shorten your healing time, or at least help you avoid doing further damage.

(Disclosure: I am not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV. These are just resources that I consulted before I was able to meet with my physical therapist and, later, an orthopedist. If you have any questions or doubts about any aches or pains you’re feeling, by all means, call a trained professional! The internet is a good source for information, but Google ≠ M.D.) 

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