If the shoe fits... should you just wear it? A complete calcaneal stress fracture in a female recreational runner

  • J. W. Burger 1 Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; 2 Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2388-5019
  • R. De Villiers Winelands Radiology, Institute of Orthopaedics and Rheumatology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6114-126X
  • E. W. Derman 1 Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; 4 IOC Research Centre, Cape Town, South Africa https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8879-177X

Abstract

Shoe choice by runners may follow trends related to purported generalised benefits rather than following an individual risk- benefit analysis. The benefits and risks related to minimalist footwear for running has been a much debated topic. The authors report a case of a complete calcaneal stress fracture in an otherwise healthy female recreational runner in the first three weeks following her conversion from a traditional cushioned running shoe to a minimalist type of running shoe. Clinicians should be aware of the potential added bone stress with reduced cushioning and the potential risks in transitioning to new footwear.

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Published
2020-09-15
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