Unlimited Podcast 001 | Stress Fractures
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Stress fractures in the lower leg and foot are common injuries among long-distance hikers, hikers who are training for big events, vacation hikers, runners, and older hikers. This video podcast episode discusses the definition, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of stress fractures.
Duration: 31 min 45 sec
- This is part of an ongoing series on foot health. Previously, we discussed maceration and immersion foot disease in another episode.
- What types of hikers are most at risk for developing stress fractures?
- What is a stress fracture?
- Why do stress fractures occur?
- What is bone remodeling?
- Does any type of nutritional deficiency impact the risk of developing stress fractures?
- How does osteoporosis influence stress fracture risk?
- What about recurring stress fractures?
- How does footwear choice and pack weight impact stress fracture risk?
- Discussion of the impact of pack weight and fatigue on metatarsal stress (the Swedish Study).
- How can stress fractures be prevented?
- What are the signs of a stress fracture?
- How do I manage a stress fracture if I’m still on trail?
- What’s the course of treatment for a stress fracture once I get off trail?
- I have a stress fracture – is my long-distance hike over?
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