Stress fractures in runners are common, but can be easily missed. Here's our guide to spotting femoral, tibial, metatarsal and sacral stress fractures.
Its marathon season again, and already my clinic is littered with stress fractured runners. There are a lot of myths around stress fractures, that prevent the clinician from taking action.
Most patients with bone stress injuries are able to give you a pretty good account of how they came to be in trouble. My patient had another tale to tell.
Stress fractures can occur in almost any bone in the body. Metatarsal, fibular, and tibial stress fractures are the obviously common ones in runners, but many wannabe marathoners who present with groin or SIJ area pain receive an incorrect or vague diagnosis, when they might be suffering from a pelvic or sacral ala stress fracture. [...]
Runners love running, and it is often difficult for a non-runner to understand the desire to run, even when injured. A big fear for our patients who run regularly is to be told to ‘give up ’, which may explain why runners struggle on, delaying seeking advice. Thankfully, there is a great deal we can [...]