Stress Fracture Q&A

Hip Stress FractureI have received so many searches, page views, comments, and questions about the posts I’ve made on Stress Fractures that I thought it would make sense to write an update on my status, as well as share my findings and what I’ve learned through the healing process of the two stress fractures I’ve had. I am not a medical doctor, I don’t even play one on TV, so please only take my comments as feedback from a patient, and do not consider anything I say to be medical advice.

Stress fractures in your hips – I don’t even want to imagine how painful this is, but these types of stress fractures are apparently common among long distance runners. My quick net research seems to suggest that older runners and female runners are at significantly greater risk for this type of injury.

You can get partial stress fractures on either the top (tension fracture) or the bottom (compression fracture) of the “femoral neck” (the ball part of the ball and socket hip joint); or you can have a break that goes all the way through the femoral neck called a displaced fracture. Displaced fractures are particularly problematic because they can lead to avascular necrosis (the injury that our friend Floyd Landis had his hip replacement surgery to repair).

Pain in your shins – A very common injury for runners is shin splints. We’ve all heard the term, and most of us probably would assume that any pain in your shins is shin splints. That’s what Lance Armstrong thought as he trained for his first New York City Marathon. Unfortunately, sometimes pain in the lower legs can actually be something much more serious, namely a tibial stress fracture.

Tibial stress fractures can be become very serious because athletes may assume that the pain “is just shin splints” and they will be advised by their friends and fellow runners to “just tough it out”.  People trying to work through this pain, can often end up with a tibial stress fracture. Determining whether shin pain is a shin splint or a more serious stress fracture is something that should be left to your medical professional. In all of my “research” on the topic, the distinction appears to be rather subtle, with tibial stress fractures being a much more serious injury.

Metatarsal Stress FracturePain in the top of your foot and toes – I’ve also received some searches from people looking for information about metatarsal stress fractures. These types of injuries apparently often go unreported. In fact, I suspect that I may have had a mild stress fracture in my left metatarsal bones as well as my calcaneus stress fracture. I suspect that my wife may have received this injury as well when she trained for and completed the 3-day Walk. This injury can be caused by osteoporosis or a foot deformation (e.g. tailor’s bunion), abnormal foot structure and mechanics (e.g. overpronation), and increased hill or speed running.

Pain in your heel – Another common injury for runners is plantar fasciitis. Most of us would assume that pain in our heels is plantar fasciitis. When I got my first heel injury, everyone I knew said, “Oh you just have plantar fasciitis, rest a day or two and you’ll be fine!” Of course, I didn’t feel better in a day or two, and as I got more worried about my injury, I did more research and discovered the primary distinguishing symptom being “pain related to lateral compression”.

Calcaneus BoneBasically, if you squeeze the sides of your heel, and it hurts, then your pain is probably not plantar fasciitis… you probably have a calcaneus stress fracture. When I got to my doctor for the first visit to discuss my heel pain, I explained my self diagnosis. He hummed “oh really….” and gave me a full exam. And then he announced, “Yep, I think you were correct, you have a stress fracture.” The key symptom was this pain with lateral compression.

I got my first case of calcaneus stress fracture a year ago in my right heel. I had been training for my first marathon, and had ramped up pretty quickly. I fell into the trap of over training because I had a very high fitness level from cycling, and assumed that since I wasn’t tired, and my muscles weren’t getting sore, that I was giving myself enough time to recover. Although I certainly won’t compare myself to Lance, I suspect that he may have fallen into the same trap. But with running, unlike cycling, you are putting a tremendous amount of force on your feet, legs, and hips. Your bones and connective tissue also needs time to recover.

After getting an official diagnosis, I was determined to recover quickly. I stayed on crutches for a week and minimized my standing, walking, and weight baring for a total of 4 weeks. I didn’t run at all during this time. I stayed fit with cycling, in particular spin class. In 4 weeks I felt great, and was eager to get on a treadmill so I returned to the doctor and he was very surprised that I had made a full recovery. But he cleared me to run, and he encouraged me to “listen to my body”. As a result, I was really afraid to do much running. And my run training from last year shows it. I basically only ran on average 2 hours a week, and at most 6 hours in only 2 of my training weeks coming up to my Ironman. Ultimately, I am convinced that this moderate running prevented another injury, but didn’t really address the underlying cause for my stress fracture.

My second calcaneus stress fracture was in my left heel. I got it almost a year after my first. And again, it was probably from over training (and the underlying structural problems with my feet). After my Ironman, I wanted to start training for next year, and in particular, improve my run time. So I trained to run the Seattle Marathon, and I ramped my training to an average of 3.3 hours a week, but again, with doing no more than 4.75 hours in any one week. Upon diagnosing my second stress fracture, my doctor focused more on my holistic medical history. And from that he reached a new conclusion for the source of my problems.

Possible Root Cause: Poor Foot Mechanics 

Considering the following history of injuries: 2 calcaneus stress fractures (one in each heel), very fast recovery from the first, a strained hip flexor after resuming more serious run training, and a mild case of hip bursitis. Also considering the following non-injury medical history: high arches, tailor’s bunion on both feet, history of being overweight, high dairy consumption for must of my life, no family history of bone breaks. All of these fractures lead my doctor to believe that the source of my “stress” causing these stress fractures is an underlying flaw in the anatomy of my feet. Namely that my high arches are causing poor shock absorption and hip strain. Fix the arches fix the other problems.

My doctor sent me to a local sports medicine rehab clinic. This has offered significant insight for me. The time I have spent with my physical therapist has been great. She has done serious gate analysis (watching me walk and run from all angles) and determined not only what structural issues in my feet need correcting, but she has also identified which muscles of mine are overly tight (and need a good stretching routine). These tight muscles can also cause problems in gate and stride, and can in fact lead to more stress fractures. Your muscles can actually be strong enough to break your bones. Don’t we all suspect this is what happened to Barry Bonds?


A lot of people have asked the question “What kind of exercise can I do while I have this stress fracture?” I guess I’m lucky that I had a good doctor, because I felt like he and I had a good candid conversation about my training goals (and my need to exercise and stay fit) and he was helpful in suggesting which of my training activities he felt I could safely continue while my stress fracture was healing. The simple rule was if you could do it on day 1 without any pain at all, then it was probably ok to do throughout your recovery. Some activities that you might think of as non-weight baring, like swimming and cycling, certainly were good after about week 2, but even those activities will put stress on different parts of your body. It’s going to depend on where your stress fracture is, and how aggressive you are about training.

I wanted to heal quickly, so I didn’t do any activity that would cause any pain. I found that swimming the first week was still too painful. As I would kick, the muscles in my legs would pull on their connections to the calcaneus, and it would hurt. So I avoided swimming until week 2. I suspect that swimming would be very difficult with a hip stress fracture, tibial stress fracture, or a metatarsal stress fracture; because swimming kicks are full leg kicks and would cause stress to be placed on any of these muscle bone connections.

Light spinning was fine, but I couldn’t “stand up” on a spin bike, and I couldn’t put a lot of tension on the wheel or else, again, my muscles would stress the heel. I suspect that this would be particularly true of a hip and tibial stress fractures.

Weight training like squats, lunges, leg presses, would be very painful and significantly impact recovery if they were done prematurely. This is one reason that I suggested isometric strength training as a possible alternative.

Stress Fractures Due to Sudden Trauma

I did get one comment from a Rock Climber who believes he got a stress fracture from jumping down 6 feet and landing on one heel. He said he was experiencing pain from lateral compression and suspects a calcaneus stress fracture. This certainly sounds like a calcaneus stress fracture to me. In fact, I did find one article that suggest that these types of stress fractures are common among construction workers. I guess falling off of a ladder is an occupational hazard.

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112 Responses to “Stress Fracture Q&A”

  1. lily Says:

    I was recently diagnosed with a nasty stress fracture on my left tibia and two milder ones on the right tibia. This was confirmed by bone scan. I am a runner and had my heart set on 8 marathons between April 2007- October 2007, but my doctor says I cannot run for 6 months!!!! Oh the torture of it all!!! I told my doctor that when I run on the grass, I barely have any pain at all, but he still says I cannot run, and I do not see why I cannot, if I keep my mileage low until I heal. I am also doing some weight training,aquatic running in a pool and cycling, and all without pain. I am trying to be good, but I do not know if I can keep the promise of not running at all for 6 straight months!! I get depressed thinking about having to do that. I am taking some Oscal with vitamin D to help heal the the fracture, but I eat healthy and drink plenty of milk anyway. My questions are, if it barely hurts to run on grass, why is running so bad, and also, is it true it takes 6 entire months for a stress fracture to heal? Thank you Lily

  2. cathy Says:

    I have a stress fracture in my 5th metatarsal. Nearly every resource recommends swimming, but increased pain in my foot seems to correspond to my swimming schedule. Thanks for posting all this information. Sounds like swimming may be putting more stress on that injury. Guess I will need to back off or stop swimming for a few weeks.

  3. Dania Says:

    I was recently diagnosed with a stress fracture on my right tibia. Since I am on my high school track team and my season just started, my coaches are definetly not happy. My physical therapists gave me exercises with the theraband and I have been swimming and biking daily to keep my fitness. My problem is by the time I heal I might have already missed most my season. Is there anything I can do to make the healing go faster besides doing my exercises?

  4. Gin Says:

    Thanks for the tips on the stress fracture. I’m pretty sure I have a right heel calcaneus stress fracture and have had for weeks. I don’t exercise that frequently and also suffer from slight obesity. My husband rubs my heels and I especially notice it than. Besides dianosing is it imperitive to go to a doctor? Your diagnosis seemed fairly straight forward and not really showing that there is anything a doc can do.

  5. zappoman Says:


    I agree, there isn’t much a doctor can do… if you have a stress fracture, the only cure is rest. They can help out by getting you crutches or a “walking boot” to help slow you down and ease some of the pain. Also, if you have something else wrong, other than a stress fracture, then they would help identify it and get you on the right track to recovery.

    Good luck.

  6. neal Says:

    Thank you for the site & the resources, they are very helpful.
    I am training for a marathon and last sunday did my 18 mile run. I was fine for a few days but then on Thursday morning, when I woke up, my lower right shin felt like it’d been banged into something really hard, although I hadn’t, and was red, tender and swollen more or less right above the bone. I saw a physician on Friday and she seemed to think it was an infectino of sorts. It actually does appear to be paining less today as opposed to yesterday and I can get around without limping too much but I don’t think I’d feel comfortable without at least seeing an orthopedic doctor. What do you think?

  7. Aussie Says:

    Thanks for the graphics & other info
    Had a calcaneal stressie mid last year and assumed it was just bad luck. Had never broken any bones in my life. Am a new runner (54 yo male) and had quit being a chain smoker 1 year earlier.
    Within 6 months of the heel # I was cranking up the k’s (mileage for you foreigners!) on some bush trails on Christm as Day and felt a pain in the groin. It wouldn’t ease up by continuing to run so I stopped & did some stretches and couldn’t get up for what seemed like an hour. It was 8k to hobble back home. At least I got some family attention over Christmas and avoided doing the dishes. It took an MRI to confirm it was a hip stress fracture (femoral neck). That was about 16 weeks ago. Spent about 8 weeks on crutches. I’ve recently been walking up to 10k per week and even a couple of very short gentle runs (uphill to keep impact reduced and also on grass/dirt) Am not supposed to run until June. Just wanted to say that apart from the difficulty getting home (kiddies, always make sure your parents know where you are going!!) it hasn’t really been very painful physically.
    Every running website will say that you must increase training duration, intensity & frequency SLOWLY
    When your lungs start working after 35 years of nicotine abuse and you feel you can run on forever it’s really hard to keep in control
    Zappoman, did you get your bone density tested? It’s a fairly routine test to do after two low impact stress fractures

    Have fun

  8. zappoman Says:


    Thanks for sharing your story. Sorry to hear about your injury… sounds tough. I can imagine being 8K (5miles) from home and having an injury so bad I can’t walk. I always try to carry a phone and enough cash to call a taxi cab (although I guess on a trail run, there aren’t many taxis driving by, eh?).

    I can feel your pain about wanting to go faster. I am constantly holding back for fear of injuring my bones, although my heart an lungs always want to go longer and farther and faster. Cycling is good for that, since it’s low impact.

    As for a bone scan, no, I didn’t have one. My doctor felt that since I had a history of obesity, and I am a confirmed cheese and milk addict, that I probably have strong enough bones… he’s convinced my stress fractures were caused by poor foot mechanics which we believe we’ve corrected with custom made orthotics.

    Good luck in your healing! See you on the trail!

  9. Debby Says:

    I am not a runner nor do I have osteoporosis. My fractures are caused by a drug called “plavix”. I keep fracturing both my feet with multiple fractures for the last 6 months! Did anyone ever hear of that?

  10. zappoman Says:


    Sorry to hear about your injuries. I have not heard of this before. I hope there are alternative treatments for you, or some additional supplements that can offset this issue for you.

    Good Luck!

  11. Debby Says:

    thanks for your good wishes…I am so frustrated!

  12. Kara Says:

    Thanks a lot for the information posted here. It is very helpful and I wish I had come across your site sooner. It might have helped me out in my delimma.
    Over 4 weeks ago, I did a hard fast 3 mile run on the treadmill and shortly after ended up with a pain in the top of my foot. I thought that it might have been my shoes tied a little too tightly and bruised it. I ran twice since within a few days and the running in itself did not hurt but the pain; once, a couple of hours later and the other, immediately after attempting to walk, was tremendous.
    I went to a doctor who took xrays, found nothing (I’m told they don’t show most of the time) and referred me to the military podiatrist (I’m active duty) who is not available to see me until June 5th.
    So here I’m stuck with a swollen foot (icing and motrin doesn’t seem to help) and intermittent pain that when it hurts, it’s enough to cause me to really limp. The first couple of weeks after continued to cause more problems (especially due to three days training in the field with boots that aggrivated it and in “moving our office” from one building to another over the following week).
    Since I’m a fitness “geek” I have been attempting to do low to no impact things that don’t hurt it (as was mentioned). But I’m in the dark – it is not life threatening or an emergency to take me to the ER. The general practitioner is virtually useless with her input (“Don’t run”…duh…I figured that one out myself). She gave me nothing for the pain nor any idea what I should otherwise do (I’m using the medicine given to me left over from my knee surgery.) And up until last week I really didn’t have much of an idea what it was. Now I’m pretty certain…
    ISo I understand the frustration from most who have posted here and I hope each of your recoveries are speedy (and complete) – although from what I’ve been reading, a year still seems a long time.
    I wish I even had a final diagnosis and guidelines to follow…I took a day off of doing nothing (the weekend following the injury) thinking that being off my foot would help. The next morning it was swollen even more along with worse pain. I just don’t understand.
    Sorry for the rambling but thank you for taking a moment to read.

  13. Erin Says:

    Hi there, great blog! I was recently diagnosed with a Calcaneus Stress Fracture on my right foot. I am an avid runner and had beefed up my workouts, which I commonly do this time of year. The combination of harder workouts in sneakers that should have been tossed a month ago I believe caused this pain in my ankle. After limping around for a couple weeks I saw a doctor. The DR got me into a very attractive (actually very ugly) open toed down hill ski looking boot to stabilize my ankle. In less then a week of sporting this boot the pain in my ankle has gone away. My doctor has recommended an MRI, which I am putting b/c of the cost. My question is how long did the pain last for you? I am not convinced of my diagnosis. I am fearful the pain will come back if I start running again, which I won’t be doing for at least another couple weeks. I have yet to stop exercising. I’ve been putting in 30 to 60 minutes on the bike and elliptical machine at the gym and have experienced no pain. Looking to try to understand this pain I had. It is feeling mysterious to me given it came on over the course of a few weeks and is now not there. Did you experience any bruising or swelling? My doc seemed surprised that I didn’t.

  14. Marilyn Says:

    I was just diagnosed with a stress fracture to my second metatarsal in my left foot. It happened really fast…basically from running a 1500m race in track spikes-I had only run in the spikes three previous times that week and although my foot was a little tender, I just though my laces had been tied too tightly the previuos track WO and didn’t think much of it. As soon as I crossed the line, I couldn’t walk a step. I won the race which should have been a happy moment, but instead, I knew I had just done something bad and things in my foot felt very, very wrong. This is my very first injury so it’s been a brutal journey so far. Anyway, I am moving into week three with no running, just pool running and cycling. With the recommendation from my physio I started using crutches yesterday because as I started to feel better I naturalIy was walking a bit more and putting too much stress on the injury . I was just wondering if anyone knew how long it can take before the pain actually goes away. I know you should be off the injury for 6-8 weeks but does that mean the pain lasts that long normally or is it supposed to subside after several weeks but you still refrain from the activity that caused it for 6-8 weeks. Any feedback would be appreciated. I have a running blog if anyone out there is interested in how I am dealing with this and how I am trying to keep my fitness up while off. I have read other blogs and find it helps to see what others are doing:
    Good luck with all your recoveries!!

  15. sarah Says:

    I have recently recovered from a 4th Met. stress fracture and started running again. The other day while running on the beach I felt tremendous pain on the top of my foot. I limped for the next 4 days knowing in my heart it was another stress fracture in the 3rd metatarsal. I went to a Doc here in Mexico and the x-ray showed no fracture. I know that it is a fracture. When does the healing begin and is it imperative that I get an x-ray to know the severity of it? Is pool running an option for fitness for me? Now I am bandaging it and weight bearing. I have low bone density as I am 58-what is the normal healing timefor this? Let me know as I am super frustrated! Sarah

  16. Marilyn Says:

    Hi Sarah,
    X-rays will not necessarily show a stress fracture until a few weeks of healing has happened and may not ever reveal a fracture from what I’ve been told. A bone scan shows blood uptake where there is an injury and that should confirm a frature or not. The severity of it really doesn’t matter. It will heal when it heals depending on many, many factors so hop in the pool, do pilates, cycle, stretch…just get on a program so you don’t get depressed and unmotivated. I am into week 8 of recovery. I have done pool running and cycling to stay in cardio shape and although I was certain I could start runing a couple of weeks ago, I am still staying off it…these orders from a very respected Canadian sports physio/middle distance running coach. The bone must be COMPLETELY healed. This means NO PAIN when you hop barefoot on one foot. Believe me, I am dying to start up again. I can walk normally even barefoot with no pain but until I can hop on it, no running for me. This is the hard part of staying off the injury because once you can walk on it with no pain, you get anxious and want to test it out on a run. Be honest with yourself though. You can really screw your future running up for good if you run on it before it is healed completely so take the time it takes. Good luck!

  17. Kendall Says:

    Thank you for providing this forum to discuss stress fractures! It’s great to hear from other people about their experiences. Good information and encouragement, too.

    My story is interesting, and a bit different from previous posts. [Bio info: I’m a 35 year old male; no previous bone breaks; racquetball champion]In May, I had surgery to excise a bony protrusion on the back of my heel (Haglunds dysfunction). Well, the surgery was successful and I was well into physical therapy about 6 weeks later.

    I followed the directions of my doctor and the therapist about conservative therapy. Nonetheless, I developed some serious pain in the heel. I’ve never felt that type of bone pain in my foot. The doctor used the “pinch test” to determine the stress fracture (though it didn’t show up on the initial x-ray…which I’ve heard is fairly common).

    He said it could take anywhere from 2-8 weeks to heal. I’m into week 3 and am not weight-bearing yet. I am biking, stretching, and doing the theraband to maintain flexibility, which is particularly important after the surgical procedure.

    My orthopaedic surgeon said that I probably developed the stress fracture due to two reasons:

    1. therapy was going too hard, too fast for my body.

    2. after surgery (excision of a bone spur in my case), the surrounding bones can be even more sensitive because of the “controlled trauma” (the cutting of the bone) to the region.

    The doctor didn’t order an MRI because he said the treatment would be the same (whether or not it revealed anything [the x ray did not]. To be safe, however, I think I’m going to push for an MRI just the same.

    One helpful hint: apparently getting a little sun exposure will help the body absorb calcium/vitamin d and help recovery.

    Question for folks: My doctor said that a boot probably wouldn’t be necessary. He wants me completely non-weight bearing until the bone heals. Then, he claims, I can move into padded, orthotic sneakers. Has anyone else gotten this advice? Or should I press him for the boot?

    Good luck and God bless.

  18. antonio Says:

    I think I got two stress fractures. Is it safe to stretch them while I’m resting them? (hip and fibula/tibia)

  19. Raul Flores Says:

    I fractured the third metatarsal in my left foot 6 weeks ago, it is a non stress fracture, i stubbed the third toe really hard on a dresser so the fracture was in the direction of the bone, hardly perceptible on the x-ray, but the doc caught it and 4 weeks later the follow up x-ray showed a calcium ball around the fracture and it was healing nicely in fact it feels great, but doc doesn’t want me to run on it for 2 more weeks and even then he says to go easy, i run 5 miles 4x a week at an average speed of 9mph for emotional as well as physicall well being, i have one more week to wait, i would like to continue my normal routine, is the doc being to cautious?

  20. kartik Says:

    Hi, this is Kartik

    About a week back i broke my 5th metatarsel which i was running. I have got my leg plastered but even after a week, the pain is still there. Moreover i’m concerned about how long will this take to completely heal. I’m 28 years of age and i run every day for at least 30 minutes. Will i be able to run again? and if yes how long will this take. Kindly help.

  21. Lance Says:

    Wow, you really have done some study right here. This is good knowledge to have for all sportsman out there. Luckily I still haven’t receive any stress fracture.

  22. Hadley Says:

    My stress fracture sounds so much like Marilyn’s. It came on fast, with only one three mile run with mild pain on the top of my foot as a warning. I just thought my shoe was laced too tight. Then, three days later, I ran a half marathon, which I had been training for following a race-sponsored training schedule. I felt some mild pain on the top of my foot, but on mile 9, a severe pain erupted, and I knew in my heart what happened. I finished the race in a PR, but x-rays showed that my 3rd metatarsal was fractured in three places. The doctor said it looked so bad, he could believe I hadn’t dropped something on my foot. Very scary how fast it happened. Well, I’m on week 3 of healing. I was on crutches with a boot for two weeks, and now I’m able to walk with a boot. I went for my first bike ride yesterday. It’s hard to imagine that I will recover enough to run again, but I guess people do. It’s frustrating to get this injury when otherwise I’m in peak physical condition after a season of recreational racing. Good luck to all of you. Everything I’ve heard says only do exercise that doesn’t cause pain until it COMPLETELY heals, since added stress can cause it to keep rebreaking.

  23. Marilyn Says:

    Hey there, you will recover and you will be fit again. I know how frustarting it is. I was having the best race season ever when I got my stress fracture. I was off my foot for 9 weeks and just pool ran and cycled and although coming back to running was brutal, I was back in decent shape in 12 weeks. I started running mid-July, gradually building and by early October I ran a 30 second PR from last year on an 8km course in 28:14. You can check out my blog. My injury happened back in May, I think. Stay positive and you’ll be back stonger than ever in no time-promise!

  24. amarnath Says:

    i had 5 th metatasal fracture on 25 th sept07 while playing tennis. after a week they put plaster and i was with the plaster till 7-11-07. while checking x-ray observed straingt crack started heeling and external edge still opening was there. dr advised me to start wlaking with pop shoe with crature. they provided black slab bangage to me on 7-11-07. i am 50 yrs i like to get advice from u how to get heel faster. and how long will it take to attend duty. i am still at home sick leave. what medicine and what i required to do ?

  25. karen Says:

    i also have a 5th metatarsal fracture that went unattended for a good month – 6weeks before I bypassed the regular doctors and went straight to podiatrist. he was fairly confident of the stress fracture diagnosis and put me in the boot. I’ve had a abone scan last week. I’ve been in the boot now for almost 2 weeks but i’m actually feeling worse from wearing it. like i’m overcompensating for the imbalance and straining muscles in my upper leg, calf, shin and ankle. the foot pain is as bad as it’s been and nothing seems to make it feel better. how long does this take before the pain diminishes??? and has anyone else experienced other related pains in relation to wearing the boot??? thanks/karen

  26. Family Health Says:

    I have only had 1 major injury in my 21 years of running but it is soooo hard to take a few weeks to rest. The funny thing was when I did get back into my running I came back stronger….weird??!!

  27. Joel Says:

    Calcaneal stress fracture…

    I am healing fairly fast.

    When you are injured: Exercise the remainder of your body to maintain your fast metabolism and healing speed! Running injuries? …do upper-body cardio and other workouts to maintain your vitality for a quick recovery. Try “dry land swimming”, a good upper-body cardio workout, or REALLY light weights/high rep lifting.

  28. Lucy Says:

    Hi, I have had a stress fracture in my 1st metatarsal since last march. It went undiagnosed for about 4-5mths, during which time I was referred to an orthopedic specialist who told me to walk on it more and it consequently became more and more swollen, went bluey purple and numb. I have severe osteoporosis and am only 27yrs. It was finally diagnosed after a MRI scan. I was given crutches, but eventually it caused me back/hip problems to use them.
    I was in much less pain, although still experiencing numbness and stiffness in my heel and ankle. Then, a week ago twisted awkwardly and felt it ‘pop’ or click and have since been in so much pain. It sounds extreme, but I am so, so depressed. Walking was a massive part of my life and I can barely manage 20mins now. I have just ordered a space boot on the net and the specialist who diagnosed it is referring me to have another scan. I feel like I am so unfit and socializing is very difficult as by the time I get home I cannot bear to walk on it anymore.
    I suffer from depression anyway and this is causing me such despair. Is there any way I can increases the healing speed? Will the boot enable me to get about more?
    Please help, I am desperate and fear I will be like this for another year. Thanks, sorry for going on. Lu

  29. Jordan Says:

    My name is Jordan and I am a high jumper for the Brown university track team. I read that you can get a stress fracture from sudden impacts above 6 a six foot fall. My problem is that everytime I jump I put that amount of pressure onto my heel in order to raise my center of gravity over a 6’6” bar. Four weeks ago at the Harvard invitational I came away from one certain jump with bad pain in my heel, but because i was in the middle of a meet I took another four jumps even though my heal hurt badly. I had been told that I should just ice for five days and my foot would be fine, then when the pain persisted I was told that it might be a bone bruise and that they also take time to heal… Now I’m a month in and my foot is not getting better.

    For a week it hurt too much to touch my heel to the ground so I walked on the ball of my foot. Now the pain has subsided for three weeks and I haven’t jumped on my foot for three weeks, but if the side of my heel touches the floor or if it is pressed I still have pain. If I take one or two serious jumps the pain goes right back to where it was on day one.

    Its hard to diagnose my problem because when a high jumper plants his foot the outside of the heel comes in contact with the ground first because of the curve approach path. This complicates the squeeze test because it is the side of the heel that hurts in the first place.

    Should the squeeze test cause pain in a fractured calcanus if you squeeze low, middle, or high on the heel?

    Do you also feel pain if you simply push one side of the calcanus? and is that pain concentrated to an area?

    Does the pain caused by a stress fracture go away when not in use?

  30. Jordan Says:

    Sorry, also are all stress fractures accompanied by bruising and swelling?

  31. Uglisa Says:

    My son was just diagnosed with a stress fracture of his left tibia. The doctor said it’s not severe. He has ice hockey tryouts in one month. Will he be able to try out?

  32. Deborah Says:

    In Sept 2007 I was diagnosed with a right foot stress fracture. The doctor put me into a boot for 6-7 weeks, which threw my gait off on my left side. The boot caused yoodles of pain in my left hip and as of March 2008 I’m still dealing with the hip pain. After the initial 6-7 weeks in the boot, I asked the doctor if there was something else I could wear. I then purchased some super sturdy-stiff tennies that got me out of that moon boot. The foot injury has come and gone but left hip pains are pretty bad.

    Doc thought it was bursitis, shot me up with a steriod, but no help there. Pain started going into my lower back, down the side/front of my left leg. Two doses of physical therapy with the ultra sound, no help. Now they are sending me for holistic type of health. I hope this helps as I can’t exercise or anything. As a sidenote, 10 years ago I suffered repetitive stress injury in my arms from keyboarding. As a result of the left hip problems from the boot, my RSI has popped up again in my arms.

    Anyone out there ever had a bad reaction to being in on of these boots? Anything like what I have described above?
    If so, what was the treatment to correct the problem and how long did it take?

    Any info would be super helpful. I’m baffled that I went in with a right foot stress fracture, which has healed. Due to this boot, I come out of this situation with a left hip problem that is much worse than the stress fracture. MANY THANKS TO ANYONE THAT WOULD CARE TO COMMENT!! I appreciate it.

    • Eva Says:

      Hi Deborah:

      You posted that after your 6 weeks in a boot you got some sturdy tennis shoes. What did you end up buying and did the work out for you? I have a stress fracture in my right heel and am looking at an alternative for my boot after the 5 weeks are up since I’m leaving on a trip.


  33. Phil Says:

    Hey everyone,
    Thanks for the blogging, I really enjoy reading what other people go through and how they handle things effectively. I’m here because I recently signed up to do the Chicago Marathon on Sunday March 16th, and decided I would start building up endurance on that Monday. I’m a fairly in shape person who played sports all through high school. I’m into my third year of college and run off and on. I hadnt ran in over a month before Monday and I started it off (foolishly) with a 5 mile run on the treadmill. Afterwards I felt great. I took a nap later in the day and woke up with a lot of muscle soreness in my body, as usual for me. However, I started rubbing the top of my foot and found a sore, painful spot almost on the side of the first metatarsal (the big toe side) on the part closest to the heel. Its been a few days since then and my muscle soreness is not as severe, and my foot is still mildly sore. Since Monday I have run 4 miles on Tuesday, and swam very effectively on Wednesday, and Thursday ran a mile and biked 5 miles and swam. Just wondering what you guys thought it could be, if I indeed have a stress fracture from starting such an intense workout program so early or if I just pulled some foot muscles that is causing pain. Thanks guys!

  34. Sue Says:

    Hi All – thanks for having a very informational blog! I’m 4 weeks into a calcaneus stress fracture on my right foot diagnosed 2/08. I had a 5th metatarsal sfx in 5/07. BOTH times I’ve been in a plaster cast for 6 weeks, non weight bearing, on crutches.

    I’m 50 and slightly overweight, female, and really grumpy. I have 2 more weeks in plaster for my calcaneus sfx and I’m toe walking because I’ve had it with the crutches! Both timesmy podaitrist said that if I walked on it while it was healing the bone would not heal, so it’s interesting that many of you are weight bearing and walking around on a boot with a sfx. After I’m out of the cast I finally get to have an aircast and can slightly weight bear.

    I have to say after my 1st sfx it was completely healed before I started running again 5 mi 4x p/week, and I ran without pain until my heal acted up. I kept running on my heal for a month thinking it was plantar faschitis. I have orthotics and good shoes.

    Anyway, just my two cents – good luck with healing if you’re also bearing weight on it! Sue

  35. Cynthia Says:

    Hey y’all–
    Well, as a 53-yr-old, 4x-wk-5k racewalker, I was devastated to be diagnosed yesterday with a stress fracture to 2nd & 3rd metatarsals. (I’m pretty embarassed to say that it happened due to wearing a great new pair of high-heeled boots 3 weeks ago–and dancing in those boots for 5 nights in a row while following a band around… but I had a GREAT time!)

    So the podiatrist put me in the space boot yesterday, for 4-8 wks. Then today I went to my non-force chiropractor, who said all this stuff about how the boot throws out your hip, ruins your gait, causes muscles to atrophy! Deborah’s story is exactly the scenario he described.

    So I am trying to gather info to decide what will help me best: all the medical sites say they put you in a boot, etc., and then it heals. Anybody else have corroboration for the “bad side” of wearing the boot?

  36. Lawrence Stith Says:

    Should i soak in a hot tub if I have a stress fracture?


    November 2007 I was diagnosed with a right tibia fracture – I am not an athlete – I do not run, I was however walking at the mall 3-4 times a week 3 miles at a time. After resting I began to resume normal activities, no walking though & 5 months later I am having pain and swelling again & my doctor suspects a repeat stress fracture or that my stress fracture has not healed. I have an MRI scheduled in a few days. My question is this, I live in Florida and am barefoot most of the time and wear sandles to work – I have ceramic tile floors at home – can this contribute to the stress fracture and can this hinder healing?

  38. Denise Litchfield Says:

    I have had pain in my right foot for approximately 4 weeks, had an x-ray, but no sign of breakage or fracture. The pain is horrific after resting and I cannot walk far without severe pain which goes from under my arch to my heel and then up to the calve of my leg. I have been back and forwards to the GP, who has now sent urgent fax to physio for me to be seen as soon as possible. Could this pain be a fracture. The only exercise I do is walk to do shopping. I do not do much sport at all. I am a little overweight. What could have caused this, any suggestions. I did have plantar frascitis in left two years ago and a cortsone injection cured it. This pain is more severe than that. Please any suggestions

  39. Linda Says:

    To Deborah – something very similar happened to me. I’m not a runner, but had my first stress fracture (right hip) in Mar07. Then because of the way I was favoring my hip, I got a stress fracture in my 2nd MT on the left foot (Jun07, two casts for six weeks each, and moon boot for six weeks). After those healed, I got another stress fracture in my left ankle (Jan08). We decided I should wear the moon boot to help the ankle. After a week or so in the boot again, my left hip started hurting tremendously. Where was it this time? Yes, femoral neck stress fracture (Feb08). It was like walking with glass shards in the joint. I’m just now off of “no weight bearing” again. I agree – the stress fracture in the femur – caused by wearing the boot – is much worse than the orginal ankle stress fracture. My Vitamin D was extremely low last year and I’ve been taking mega doses since then, plus Calcium, and sunshine! I haven’t been able to find much about multiple stress fractures caused for no reason. Thanks for this page!

    • Elizabeth T Says:

      Hi Linda. You may be long gone from this blog, but I just read your original post about your fractures and my story is very similar. I started a pretty intense exercise program in early 2010 and ended up with a stress fracture in my left fibula. Wore the “boot” for several weeks and it seemed to heal, but I’ve never quite regained the strength in it. I’ve never been a runner, although I do walk and do Pilates and cardio (elliptical, etc) I’ve had lingering pain in same leg -left- for last year. Occasional swelling near groin and mild numbness in leg and foot. Pain in hip has gotten so bad in last 3 months I finally saw an ortho and had MRI… He said I’m “this close” to a stress fracture in femoral neck in left hip and right hip showing signs of stress. Im really surprised as I’m NOT a runner at all. Did you ever confirm if your hip fracture was a result of favoring from previous injury or vitamin D/calcium deficiency? I’m on a supplement for that and am trying to be “non weight bearing” but I am a busy mom. I’m a 41 year old, healthy female with no history of bone fractures prior to 2010. Any advice???

  40. katie Says:

    wow small world…..

    Jordan! im going to run for brown university next year and when i told the coach i had a calcaneal stress fracture she said there was a guy on the team that had one as well…so im assuming its you. anyway mine was swollen and bruised. How is the recovery going? There is a machine its called Exogen thats suposed to increase bone growth and cut the healing time down 1/3 – 1/2. Anyway i hope you see this! good luck with eveythign

  41. Brittany Says:

    I was wondering what is the worst that can happen if a stress fracture goes untreated? I have had stress fractures in my shins before (one in each shin at the same time) that I got while training for and running the 10K at a D-I college, but then didn’t run for about six weeks and they healed (sort of).

    Now I think I may have a stress fracture (or at least stress reaction) in my heel, but I no longer have insurance, so I am unable to go have it looked at. I work in a restaurant waiting tables, where I am on my feet all day, and really can’t afford to take the suggested time off my feet for my pain to go away. What is the worst that can happen and what do you suggest I do?

  42. Linda Says:

    Great blog with lots of helpful information! I’m a 42yo female, who recently started dabbling in triathlons. I’ve been extremely active most of my adult life. In the warmer months, I’m at the gym every weekday..on weekends I do long (60-80 miles) bike rides. I also swim 2-3x per week in the summer. In the colder months (when the pool is closed), I’ll be at the gym 7 days a week, doing cardio machines, spinning classes, weight training, and also training with a personal trainer 1x per week. A week ago, I completed my second triathlon – it was an olympic distance event (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run). This was the first time I had ever run 6 miles on pavement. I do a majority of my running on a treadmill at the gym, due to a chronic lower back problem that I suffer from. During my transition from the swim to the bike, I was required to run barefoot on a short stretch of an asphalt walking path. After I completed the race, my left heel was hurting more than it’s ever hurt before. It had been acting up in the few days prior to my triathlon, but I just figured it was plantar fasciitis and worked through it. Now…the pain is almost unbearable. It hurts to put any weight on it – including walking. I tried running on the treadmill this morning, and after about 30 seconds, I had to stop…I was in agony. I’ve done the lateral “squeeze test” and I definitely feel pain…so I’m guessing it’s a stress fracture of the heel, and not PF. I’m seeing a sports medicine doctor next week for a diagnosis. I’m beginning to panic and freak out a little bit…because running is the one activity that keeps my weight in check and my fitness level up. I’m terribly afraid that if I have to stop running to let this fracture heal, I will lose all of my fitness and gain loads of weight back! Like I said, I’m active…I do tons of other cardio, and cycle as much as 100 miles a week…but nothing seems to keep my weight down, EXCEPT running. How do I keep myself sane while I’m recovering from this?!? I know myself, and I know that I will want to “test” myself and see if I can handle running sooner than I probably should. Any suggestions on how to stay smart about my training throughout this ordeal? Thanks!

    • Sonia Says:


      I know it’s been a while since your injury, but I just came across your post and was wondering how your recovery phase went. I have the same concerns you do about gaining weight and maintaining my fitness level, and I won’t be able to run for 3 months while my tibial stress fracture heals.

      Any advice on what exercises you did in the first weeks during the healing process would be most helpful. Were you successful in managing your weight, too?


  43. shelly Says:

    hi, im just recovering from a 2nd metatarsal stress frac. i’ve been doing therapy for 2 wks now after getting off of crutches and a boot. im a distance runner and my doc says i can start running slowly now. what kind of a workout should i be starting with? [i really cant afford to run less than a mile everyday]

  44. Brad Says:

    I make this comment to all of your above, especially Deborah March 15. Fracture boots can cause hip pain due to the rapid introduction of leg length inequality aka leg length discrepancy. I have been practicing podiatry for almost 20 years and have seen this problem frequently. Leveling the leg length is simple. Either by adding a thicked sole to the bottom of shoe or even simpler by wearing an Evenup on the opposite foot that the boot is on. see

    I hope this helps all you recovering from fractures or other injuries of the foot or ankle


  45. Morris Says:

    I’m a 49 y/o male and into competitive running. I’ve been experiencing pain in my right shin for about 1 month now, but only after I run. The pain goes away after I stretch and while I am running. It is not a really sharp pain, but it is aggraving nonetheless. I have an orthopedic that I use who specializes in sports medicine. My x-rays came up negative, so he scheduled a bone scan, which I just completed this morning. I used to suffer with shin splints when I was a beginning runner, but I haven’t had a problem with them in several years. Could I have developed a shin splint again by inceasing intensity in my training routine?

    My problem is that I do not know how I will take it if my doctor tells me that I have to stay off of my leg due to a stress fracture. Running is not my entire life, but it is a huge part of who I am.

  46. Carol Says:

    I am 49 years old and I am recovering from my 2nd calcaneus fracture on the right. Before this happened I was walking sometimes 18 miles a week, sometimes only 6.

    The first time I developed a pain in my right big toe and a limp. When it went on for more than a week I went to a foot doctor who told me I had tendonitis and recommended I wear an ace bandage from my toes up to my ankle. This did nothing to help me and the pain became so bad that I could not bear weight on that toe. I went back to the doctor and he put me in a boot. That’s when the pain in my heel started, I am very short and the boot went almost up to my knee and I had problems walking in it. The pain was crushing and the back of my foot was swollen.

    I eventually had an MRI which showed a break in the back of my heel near where the achilles tendon inserts. The MRI also showed a fracture of my big toe. I was off work for 2 months, following which I felt a lot better but still very sore. My doctor told me I could resume my activities and gave me some orthotics out of a box. I was suspicious and did not start walking again.

    The pain started coming back little by little until the pain in my heel was again so bad that I could hardly walk. I also had a large swelling near my ankle on the left side of my right foot. This time I went to an orthopedic dr who sent me for another MRI. My heel is broken again, this time on the lateral side (outside). I was put on crutches with a boot, non-weight bearing for 5 weeks and then gradually adding weight. I found it impossible to be compliant with non-weight bearing as I couldn’t take off from work again, needed to get on-off the bus, and tasks like getting a shower, going up/down stairs were difficult.

    I’m now going to therapy but the therapists tells me that my calves are very tight and that there is not enough rotation in my ankle for my foot to go on the ground properly and walk. It has been 9 months since this has been going on. I spent about 4 months+ in a boot, seems like too long and now my leg muscles are having trouble straightening out.

    The other comments I had read about the boot seem to point to questions about using this type of therapy, I am wondering if a patient’s height should be considered and also the risk of contracture, shortening of muscles when using the boot for an extended amount of time. At this point I am hoping to be able to walk normally, much less get back to my walking. I have lost all my endurance and put back on all the weight I lost. I am wondering if my next move needs to be to a sports therapist who can try to loosen up my calves. Since this has happened twice I need to find out what is causing this and how to prevent it.

  47. Heather Says:

    I just want to say thanks for your wonderfully informative website. I am a sometimes runner who had pretty much quit walking and running regularly during these winter months. The weather has improved recently, so in the last few weeks I began walking again on my lunch hour. (I have a desk job.) For the last two weeks I have had increasing pain in my right heel. Now it is beginning to get unbearable. Lateral compression of the heel is excruciating. I’m guessing calcaneal stress fracture, though I haven’t had it officially diagnosed. I bought heel cushions today, so I guess I’ll use those and give up my afternoon walks for awhile…
    But thanks again for all the great information. I have a better idea now what to do, and how to go about getting back into exercise without injuring myself next time.

  48. Dee Says:

    I am a ‘sometimes’ runner and do a ton of walking at work. After a month or so of a lot of walking in poor footwear (outside of work..stupid I know!) and then walking on concrete floors at work, two weeks ago, ended up going from walking, to ++ pain in my forefoot and only able to walk on the lateral portion of my foot. Would numbness in the big toe and tingling/numbness in the forefoot – metatarsal area and aching along with sharp pains in the 1st/2nd metatarsal area be symptoms of a stress fracture? My xray came up negative and i am waiting for a bone scan… Wearing a removal walking cast causes ++ discomfort seemingly from the small amount of pressure on my forefoot. Is this ‘normal’?? Anyone have similar experiences? Any comments would be appreciated!
    Thanks so much,

  49. Katy Says:

    Hi all,

    Fantastic thread with some great advice and stories!

    I recently (well, 6 weeks and a day ago!) injured myself and had X-rays/CT scans to reveal a slight hairline stress fracture to my left femur.
    The pain in the beginning was EXCRUCIATING – I couldn’t even stand, and kneeling/trying to get up from sitting down made me howl with pain!

    The doc recommended absolute rest but I was sneaky and swam/cycled according to pain. 6 weeks on and things are looking great. My last X-ray shows that I’m 99% healed and so I’ve started lightly jogging to get back into the swing of things 🙂

    The only trouble is, my once injured leg seems to be SO much less strong than the other one. Does anyone know how I can try and equal them out a bit?!?!?

    Used to run 60-70 miles per week and have ran 2 marathons and a few halfs and 10ks. Running is my absolute passion so can’t wait until I’m back properly!

    Hope you’re all healing well 🙂


  50. kelli Says:

    hi, has anyone else had a stress fracture in their hip (femoral neck), i used to be a runner, but have not been able to walk without pain for 6 months. i was on crutches march-april. thought i was getting better, then found out i was still fracture. so i’ve been on crutches for another 2 motnhs. my last mri showed that it was healing, but i still have alot of pain. it also turns out i have ostepenia and i’m only 22. i just started swimming, very moderatley only 2x but am afraid to hurt myself. however haven’t worked out in 5 months. has anyone else had a fracture that disabled them for this long. its very frustrating as i can barely do anything anymore and feel like my life is wasting away.

  51. kelli Says:

    sorry any advice

  52. Heather Says:

    I also had a stress fracture in the neck of my femur. I was having severe hip pain after trying to increase my time. I took 10 days off, ran an easy 2 miles and thought I was good. I then ran a 4 mile race fast (for me, 7:30 mile) and by the end was in terrible pain. A MRI revealed a stress fracture in the neck of my left femur. I was on crutches for a month w/ NO weight on my foot at all. I was super good and didn’t even rest my foot on the ground. After one month I was released to “regular life” meaning I could walk but no exercise. No bike, swimming, walking long distances, etc. The only pain I have now is an ache in my hip sometimes. I am hoping to get released when I go back to my dr. this week, but am not holding my breath. I just don’t feel like it is 100%. Maybe cross training and swimming but I am doubting I will be able to run. This is killing me, I have run forever! I am a 33 year old female w/ 4 kids. I had a bone scan and it was normal, so hopefully I will get back to normal.

  53. Gloria Says:

    My 71-year old mother thought she had plantar fasciitis for quite awhile before receiving the correct diagnosis of calcaneus stress fracture. She now wears a modified boot as her initial boot was so heavy as to cause muscle and bone stress on her opposite leg and hip. She is not a runner nor a triathlete. But, she is a regular light walker and eats healthfully. She would simply enjoy the ability to walk pain-free to feed the wild birds, check the mail, perform her apartment manager job, and go where she needs to go. Her pain has not significantly improved in the weeks since she started wearing the boot. You can imagine how long healing can take in an older body. All of you young and young’ish folks out there suffering with this, enjoy your freedom of movement and realize the impact your continuing activities may have on your bones later in life. Take care.

  54. Suzi Says:

    Thank you for this information! I have had what I thought was plantar fasciitis pain off and on for years. I am not athletic, but overweight. Every morning when I get out of bed I just want to cry from the pain. I kept thinking that it feels like my foot is broken, but the podiatrist kept saying plantar fasciitis and the physical therapist says weak, tight ankle muscles are the problem. I’ve tried everything for plantar faciitis- exercises, physical therapy, ibuprophen, ice, $700 custom orthotics, shock therapy. But I think I may have found the answer. The answer that has been screaming from my foot every time I try to walk or stand on it. No wonder my foot feels broken! It probably has a stress fracture.

  55. TONY Says:

    i have a stress fracture of femur been out of work for 4 monthes fighting my boss he tells me its not related to my job so , i’m on my feet 9 hours a day food service a job that tries to kill ya, very worried never claimed comp before but workers carrier is fighting pleasssse help

  56. Thiwa Says:

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  57. Carolyn Says:

    I am a runner & play soccer. In June, I injured my hip. At first I thought it was a groin pull so didn’t end up seeing a doc until mid/end of July. Turns out, I had a stress fracture in my left femoral neck back. I was on nwb on crutches for 6 weeks. About 4 weeks into nwb, I managed to sustain a fracture to the base of my 2nd metatarsal. Apparently, non-weightbearing can weaken bones & I have ostopenia. It is not a stress fracture but an actual fracture but it is not visible on x-rays (confirmed via MRI). It is incomplete & non-displaced and I was told that it is very small. The funny thing is it never hurt when I pushed on the bone. My foot just hurt whenever I walked on it and it was usually a 2 or 3 in terms of pain level. I was put on crutches beginning of October and given the boot. After 3 weeks, the doc (a podiatrist) allowed me to go back into sneakers. Sneakers were too painful so I went back into the boot. I still felt pain in the boot because I couldn’t take pressure on the forefoot. I went to another podiatrist and she gave me a darco orthowedge shoe which does not have a front to it so I do not put as much pressure on the forefoot. She wants to treat me as if I have a new fracture so another 6 weeks of this. The shoe is definitely much better than the boot but occasionally I will feel a pinching type of feeling at the top of my foot. Is the “pinching” feeling normal? I am frustrated because the fracture still has not yet healed. I have not been able to run since June and the new doc told me to do absolutely nothing (not even swim). I can walk with the shoe but not supposed to overdo it. I live in nyc so it is kind of hard to keep walking to a minimum. As scary as my femoral neck stress fracture was, at least it healed in a reasonable amount of time and the treatment was relatively straightforward without complications. Plus I didn’t feel dumb explaining how I injured myself like I do when I have to explain my foot injury.

  58. Dawn Wilkerson Says:

    I want to know if anyone has ever heard of a stress fracture or even full fracture of the hip has been reported after having been walking in a orthopedic fracture cast/boot?

    I walked and worked, heavy lifting, walking jumping with the fracture boot for approximately 3 months. The lift from the fracture boot is approximately 1 to 1.5 inches, causing an unbalanced “wobble/walk”.

    Any info would be appreciated.

  59. Speedy4 Says:

    I have ran 4 to 5 miles every morning before work for 16 years(gain 60 lbs with second child he only weighed 5lb) Started have insidious heel pain about 3 wks ago thought it to be pf however i have no pain in my arch at all and when doing all the exercixes for pf I feel nothing no pain no steching nothing but the lateral squeeze test @#$%$%^&&*&^%$#$ TERRIBLE walk with crazy limp and the pain is just terrible not to mention not being able to run, other then rest and the nice boot I hear all of you post about should I expect doc to perscribe any pain relief? I take advil which does nothing I also take 400 mg celebrex for a small menisca tear in left knee but no relief.

  60. Janet Says:

    Thanks for all the info here! I am 53 and in good shape. I do cross training and weighted step training. In August of 09 I developed pain and swelling in one foot bad enough that I could not put weight on it for two days. I was not diagnosed with a stress fracture but with “dropped metatarsal heads. Stayed off the foot for a while then no work outs for 10 weeks (ARGH!). Had great custom orthodics made and wear them all the time. My foot feels fine and I have gone back to my regular work outs with less impact step. My problem is that the swelling is still there. I am a shoe freak and can’t fit into any of the shoes I was wearing before this happened. How long does it take for the soft tissue swelling to go away???

  61. Kathy Says:

    I have be diagnosed with a stess fracture in my 2 and third metatarsal. Toward the top of my foot.Was running on treadmill and had to stop in about 10 minutes. I had a bike wreck two weeks before and landed on my left side and didnt know it affected my right foot. Now he says to rest and do just what I need to do.I have trying to do upper body . the pain when you stand on it has gotten a little better. It has been since 4/21/10. How much longer should I not do anything . It is so depressing. I have a trip planned on 5/12 to California. so I want to heal as fast as possible.

  62. infinkSwign Says:

    Im new here . I want to say hello for everyone.

  63. Speedy4 Says:

    Hi all! This is my first post to any site but feel other can learn from my nightmare!! In Jan. went to foot Doc for terrible pain on the inside of my acrch of right foot along with unbearable pain on top and along outside edge of foot. Doc says it PF does cort shoot go back in 3 weeks no better does another cort. shot go back in 3 weeks no better. At this point I cant not put any weight on it at all. They do x-ray say everything is fine to keep stretching the pf and it will get better in time. Go back May 4 demand MRI, pain is just terrible, I am a jogger have jogged 5 miles every morning for 17yrs without ever getting a injury. @hrs after MRI Doc calls back in a panic to get back to office right a way need hard cast for 9-12 weeks!! Mri in a nut shell says Lisfranc injusy consistant with a high impact injury (had none) along with intraosseous bone marrowedema related to the madial, lateral, and intermediate cunneiform bones as well as the base of the third and forth metatersals. with minimal involvement of the ase of the fifth metatarsal. Some involvement of the cubiod and moderate involvement of the lateral half of he navicular. theses findings represent occult fracture although there is an obvious cortical fracture seen.There is some signal loss at the metatarsal phalangeal joints. A portion of the heel demonstrates fusiform enlagement of the pf with increased signal at the insertion as well as marrow edema of the calcaneus. Soft tissue swelling is associated with pf. All of this because I was misdiagnoised for months. Always listen to your body, you know it best. Each time I went to the Doc I stated that my pain is bone pain, it is very different from any other typr of pain. They just would not listen to me. I can not get into any other Doc because my ins. will not cover another specialist while I am under the care of another. Lets just pray this heals fast and right and I am back to my life soon

  64. sara Says:

    thanks for your insights. but can you tell something about knee fracture

  65. Gabby Says:

    Hey Everyone,
    So I have pretty much read every single one of these posts and I just needed some advice. I go to Fordham University and am on the rowing team. We do pretty vigorous workouts every morning and then in the afternoons i would run 6 to 10 miles every day. We also did lifting two days a week. I have not taken off a day of working out in about two years. In the beginning of April, my hip starting hurting so badly but I tried to run through the pain. The next day, I couldnt even walk but I iced and stimed and got ultra sounds from my trainer every day… so a week later i was back on the erg and in the boat, as well as the elliptical and the bike. When I came home from school mid May, I went to my orthopedic and he took x-rays. Nothning came up so he thought I had bursitis and he gave me a cortizone shot and told me to see him in two weeks. So I was still working out really hard on it, just couldnt run yet.

    finally, they realized I have a stress fracture in my groin so I have wasted so much time wkring out on it when it could be healed by now. Now I am on crutches and can do NO physical activity at all. I am going insane and im getting flabby. WHAT DO I DO. PLEASE. ADVICE ANYONEE! i reallly reallly need it.

  66. NYC111 Says:

    Wonder if any of you my have any thoughts on this. I have been an avid runner for about 15 years- 25 miles a week, etc. No injuries. For certain reasons I haven’t ran in several months, but about 3 months ago I did kick a hard object hard with the bottom of my foot wearing dress shoes and it hurt alot but went away. Because I haven’t been running I have been doing jumping jacks in large numbers. Now I have significant – but not overwhelming pain in my left heel so that I have walk on my toes- can’t plant that foot. I now have what looks like a marble protruding under the skin, about 1 cm ABOVE the bottom of my heal (on the inside) toward the ankle, and about 2 cm from the back of the foot. There is red swelling above it. IT was harder now is softer. Its the damndest thing. I at first thought heel spur, but its from the side. Then thought “calcaneous fracture”- maybe some piece of broken but sticking out. Any clues?

  67. Joantroj Says:

    Hello:) I had bunion surgery and mid foot fusion on 6/23. Had the best ortho foot and ankle surgeon in Phila. NWB for 4 weeks(Cam Walker), PWB for 4 weeks still with Cam walker. The first day I was allowed to FWB on on Cam Boot and sneaker, I couldn’t-bad pain. I went back to Dr. the next day, and the new Xray showed the stress fracture on the 5th metatarsal:( So upset. Cast for two weeks, then another X-ray,Dr. said I could go back into Cam boot. He told me I could do full weightbearing as tolerated. Here’s the problem, I am so afraid to full weight bear. Since I saw Dr. 1 and 1/2 weeks ago, I have been PWB with my crutches. I started to FWB yesterday, and I can’t!! I keep switching to my “good” foot with a limp and a hop. I kept at it leaning on my wheel walker in front of me-it hurts in the vicinity of the stress fracture. I can’t feel the sore part on my foot where the fracture is anymore when I press on it, but if I move my foot around, I can feel some pain there. I can also feel some pain when I try to FWB. I am sooo frustrated. 8 weeks recovering from foot surgery, and now 3 weeks recovering from stress fracture. I’m a teacher, and I want to be back in school. I figure when I was told to walk at 8 weeks and felt the stress fracture when I first stepped, and it showed up on Xrays, that I must have had it already in the first 8 weeks. I don’t know how that would be possible. The area where I had the stress fracture was bruised along the side of my foot right after surgery. I figured it was because of the bunion surgery and the midfoot fusion, but it was on the opposite side. I am so depressed, I just want to walk, and I am so afraid of hurting the stress fracture. I want there to be no pain there at all. The Cam Walker is sooo hard to walk in. Please, I would appreciate any feedback. Thanks so much.

  68. Courtney Says:

    Has anyoe ever heard of getting a stress fracture on the lateal part of the femur, close to the knee? I was disgnosed with IT Band syndrome since March and it was just not getting better. So I got a bone scan the other day and it came back a stress fracture on the distal lateral side of the femur. I;ve never heard of this. I’ve heard of femoral shaft fractures on the medial side of the leg, but never on the outside.

  69. Courtney Says:

    I meant **Lateral ** part of the femur, not lateal lol

  70. Blue Says:

    Courtney, how’s your femur stress fracture going now? I’m currently healing a simular fracture and would be interested to see how others are doing.

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