Compartment syndrome vs. Stress fracture. Can both happen in training for cross-country running?

Yes they could. That possibility could happened because strenuous early training could cause stress fracture and compartmental syndrome. Thank you.
Not really. Exercise induced compartment syndrome is much less common and does not affect a new cross country athlete more than an experienced one. It is more affected by the structure of your legs and the physiologic ability of your body to compensate for swelling in your legs when you run. Stress reactions and stress fractures are much more common while ramping up to high level running.

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Do stress fractures cause compartment syndrome?

Unlikely. That would be pretty rare. Compartment syndrome is usually caused by severe trauma to an extremity (arm or leg) from either soft tissue injury or a fracture. As blood and fluid rush into the closed space of the extremity, the pressure rises to dangerous levels causing a compartment syndrome. Stress fractures are small and subtle and usually dont generate the same reaction as more severe trauma. Read more...

I am a long distance runner. I had an early stress fracture a month ago and have switched to biking. The pain is gone now. Is it safe to start running?

Depends. Usually, for most types of soft tissue wounds, heing is 90% complete by 6-8 weeks. For bony injuries, it's longer, on the order of 8-12 weeks. It depends on the location and severity if the stress fracture. Best to ask the doctor that made the diagnosis, or an orthopedic surgeon. Hope this helps! Read more...

I'm a long time runner who took off a few months running for work. Now when I run 3 mi 3x/week the inner shins hurt a lot. Possible stress fracture?

It is possible. If the pain more with ac if the pain more with activity most likely it is due stress fracture, go and have bone scan it will show and you could treat it. Read more...
Possible. Differential diagnosis includes stress fracture or medial tibial stress syndrome. Both caused by overuse and increasing training intensity too much and too quickly. Read more...

Can I begin running track again after 5-6 weeks of my stress fracture femur?

Not until cleared. You need to be cleared by your doctor for return to activity after a fracture, even stress fractures. Read more...

Very painful foot after running last time, could it be a stress fracture?

Maybe. If pain or swelling continues the foot should be x-rayed. If it only hurts when you run or right after you run it may be a shoe or mechanical problem. Read more...
Possibly. The more common stress fractures occur close to the balls of the feet and slightly above it. If there is pain every time you try to run, it would be much better to obtain x-rays and confirm, rather than to worsen the stress fracture and allow it to displace (break more and fall into a bad position). Read more...
Maybe. Having pain after(or during) activity is not a good sign. There is a possibility that you have a stress fracture, it could also be many other possible conditions. The first thing to do is back of on your activities, allow the symptoms to resolve, then slowly progress back into activities. If the symptoms do not resolve or return quickly, you should be evaluated by your doctor. Read more...

I think I may have a stress fracture from running. How do I know?

Stress of Running. You did not say where the stress fracture was suspected. Let us assume it is in the foot as that is the most likely spot. There is usually pain and swelling in the immediate area of the bone that is fractured. There may be some bruising but not usually. Oddly enough x-rays usually do not show the stress fracture until some time later. Follow the RICE protocol and walk with a cast boot. Read more...

I have a stress fracture from running but I can't afford to see a doctor. It is very painful, prevents me from sleeping, and I limp. What can I do?

Start Riceland diet. You need to REST it, ICE it, Compression applied to it, Elevate it. You must stay off it initially. You need to give it time to calm down. Of course this is assuming that it is not a true break. Read more...
See doctor. Suggest you ask your parent of guardian to take you to the doctor for examination and appropriate tests to diagnose the problem, which may or may not be a stress fracture. Once a diagnosis is made, treatment can be prescribed to help you get better. Read more...