If more pressure is put on a bone than it can stand, it will split or break. A break of any size is called a fracture. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open fracture (compound fracture).
A stress fracture is a hairline crack in the bone that develops because of repeated or prolonged forces against the bone.
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The following are common causes of broken bones:
- Fall from a height
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Direct blow
- Repetitive forces, such as those caused by running, can cause stress fractures of the foot, ankle, tibia, or hip