What is Tibial Stress Fracture?

A tibial stress fracture is a fracture of the tibia (shin bone) caused by an accumulation of repetitive stress and microtrauma. This repetitive stress commonly occurs in activities such as frequent running on hard surfaces where the tibia becomes overwhelmed by the amount of stress and does not receive adequate recovery time. This activity accumulates the microtraumas until the tibia eventually fractures.

Tibial stress fractures commonly present in active individuals, typically runners or athletes who perform on hard surfaces. It begins as a slow onset of shin pain, usually worse following exercise, which progresses to an incapacitating pain following several days or weeks of high intensity exercise.

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