Health Tip: Take Care to Prevent Stress Fractures

Exercise carefully and don't ignore an injury

(HealthDay News) -- Stress fractures are common overuse injuries, and may take lots of time to fully heal.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests how to help reduce your risk of stress fractures:

  • Set incremental exercise goals, with gradual increases in intensity and duration.
  • Cross-train, to avoid too much strain on one particular area of the body.
  • Eat a balanced, nutritious diet that's rich in vitamin D and calcium.
  • Use running shoes with sufficient support. Make sure sporting gear isn't worn out.
  • Immediately stop exercising and rest for a few days if you notice swelling or pain.
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