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The Truth about Running with Stress Fractures

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Man Grabbing Water During MarathonOne of the perks of a city like Chandler, AZ, is the connected trails that are perfect for runners, like the Paseo Trail. This route is a popular spot with runners of all kinds, and is a great place to log a few miles with friends. No matter how runner-friendly the trail is, though, it’s a bad idea to go running with stress fractures. As much as any runner will hate to hear this, a stress fracture in your foot requires time off to heal. This isn’t something you can short-change, as much as you might want to. The risks of making the injury far worse, and needing much longer to heal, are too high.  

This is because stress fractures are overuse injuries that affect your bones. Repetitive pounding and hard impacts strain the bone tissue. Normally, your feet absorb and distribute the shock of striking the ground evenly, so no one area of your foot is hurt. When your feet are overworked, however, this process doesn’t always happen. Weaker or particularly strained sections of bone may then be prone to cracking. Once the bone is split, even slightly, any additional pressure can make it worse.

That’s why you can’t run on cracked bones. Not only is running with stress fractures increasingly painful, you risk widening the split even more. Eventually the crack will just break completely, leaving you on crutches. Worse, any future running after recovery may be difficult, especially if your broken foot has any complications or trouble healing.

Rather than risk a full break and the time on crutches to recover, it’s better to stop all running when you’re concerned you have a stress fracture. Have your lower limbs thoroughly evaluated, and follow through with any necessary treatment. That way, when you’re ready, you can return to the trails without pain or worry that you’re injuring yourself further.

Let the team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you rest and recover completely from your bone damage. Just use our online request forms to make an appointment with us. You can also call or fax: dial (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for our Chandler office; or dial (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for our Gilbert location.

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Dr. David Laurino
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