How can a stress fracture be prevented?
These steps can help prevent a stress fracture:
- Once you feel pain, stop exercising.
- See your doctor as soon as possible if you have a persistent problem with your feet, ankles, or toes.
- Use the correct sports equipment.
- Wear the proper running shoes.
- Add new physical activities. For example, switch running with swimming.
- Start new sports activities slowly, and gradually increase the time, speed, and distance.
- Practice strength training to help prevent early muscle fatigue, and to help prevent the loss of bone density that comes with aging.
- Follow a healthy diet full of calcium and vitamin D foods that will keep your bones strong.
- If you decide to increase your activity level, ask your doctor for a recommendation of how much to add and when to add it.
- If pain or swelling returns, stop the activity and rest for a few days. If pain continues, see your doctor.
- Check with your doctor before starting an exercise program or before taking a job that will involve a higher level of physical activity than you are used to.
- Follow all the rules your doctor gives you.