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.

Stress fractures outside of sport situations are more common in people who have:

  • Decreased bone density (osteoporosis)
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
May. 30, 2014

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