Participating in certain physical activities or having certain health conditions may put you or your child at increased risk of a broken leg.

Physical activities

Stress fractures are often the result of repetitive stress to the leg bones from physical activities, such as:

  • Running
  • Ballet dancing
  • Basketball
  • Marching

Contact sports, such as hockey and football, also may pose a risk of direct blows to the leg, which can result in a fracture.

Health conditions

Stress fractures are more common in people who have:

  • Decreased bone density (osteoporosis)
  • Flat feet or high-arched feet
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
Jul. 07, 2011