Pete Larson who writes a terrific, informative blog on all things running, asked me to put together a post on stress fractures in barefoot runners, which he posted here. In that article I talk specifically about second metatarsal fractures though what I describe relates to stress fractures throughout the entire lower extremity. Stress fractures are common not just to barefoot running but with running in general. Just like virtually all repetitive injuries, we are at risk for stress fractures not at impact but when the foot is fully planted and the body weight is directly over the foot.

2 replies on “Stress Fractures in Running

  • JoeGarland

    Speaking of Pete, you came to my mind while I watched the Irene Davis video, and apparently to others as well, as there’s stuff for (and on) you in the comments. I’d be interested in what you have to say. I commented under my nom de guerre, “runwestchester”.

    As an aside, remember that there are no degrees of uniqueness.

    • Casey

      I think you can get a better sense of what I’m saying about midstance versus impact from my “Rest of the Story” post here. What we observed was very straightforward: the peak pressures across all the common sites for injuries including stress fractures (e.g. tibial and metatarsal) and osteoarthritis (e.g. knee osteoarthritis) occur at midstance, not at impact.


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