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Stress Fractures in Runners

      Stress fractures are a common cause of injury in runners.
      • Matheson G.O.
      • Clement D.B.
      • Mckenzie D.C.
      • et al.
      Stress fractures in athletes A study of 320 cases.
      • McBryde Jr, A.M.
      Stress fractures in athletes.
      Stress fractures represent a form of mechanical microcrack that occurs as a result of excess strain placed on weight-bearing lower extremity bones. The resultant overload leads to an accumulation of microdamage that the body is not able to heal. The resultant microfracture, if progressive, leads to an occult fracture.

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