I had a tibial stress fracture at the end of April and began weight bearing activity (walk/runs) at the end of July and built up slowly both in number of runs and distance.Had aches for a few weeks after starting but have had no issues.
I'm running 4 times a week, currently training for 10 mile race mid next month.
I got mine about the same time. Unfortuneatly I went to a physio which prevented healing. Wasn't diagnosed till a ditched the crap physio and got a bone scan.
I had the opposite experience, physio spotted it straight away and advised me to get mri scan. He gave me a great rehab plan and touch wood everything is going to plan.
I think the physio I went to was afraid that if they spotted soemthing like that they wouldn't be able to get so much money off me. There are some crooked physios out there. I thought I was safe in that she was recomended by someone at the club.....
At the moment I am in week three of the boot. Six weeks to do in all then see what the consultant says about rehab.
Good luck, hope you're back soon. I guess physios are like like everyone else, some good ones some bad ones or simply make mistakes. I got away without a boot as by the time I'd waited for the scan and was seen in fracture clinic it was healing.
My physio told me to race on the stress fracture.... Had little or no healing before I got the result of the scan. i am guessing that you stopped running pretty much as soon as you got the pain.
Yes straight away, the pain made walking almost impossible nevermind running. I think if I'd tried to run on it I would have ended up breaking it properly.
I've had a gradually progressing pain in my tibia which is very painful if I touch it the area (particularly after running). However, until the last couple of days I have been able to run on it.
I haven't been to see a physio/doctor yet, but though it was potentially a stress fracture.
Rossy, yours sounds like it came on suddenly and stopped you running immediately? Which is making me think mine could hopefully be less serious.
Stop running immediately. Push your doctor for a MRI or bone scan, an x ray is unlikely to show a stress fracture. You may need to pay for the MRI if you want it done quickly, cost me £275.
i could run at first but became increasingly painful and I was taking ibuprofen like smarties. I latter found out that ibuprofen slows down healing.
Yes Iwan, mine came on suddenly, had no symptons and then after a parkrun I could barely walk.
If the bone hurts to touch it definitely needs checking out as that is not usual, could well be shin splints you have, worth getting checked out whatever, better safe than sorry and all that.
Cheers for the replies guys, physio booked for Monday.
Remember my physio, who was experienced and was recommended by the club chairman, didn't spot the stress fracture despite regular visits over three months. The only definitive tests are bone scan and MRI. If the physio says it isn't a stress fracture best to get an opinion from a properly qualified orthopaedic surgeon.
Physio was convinced it isn't a stress fracture and that it is a pain in the tendon between the tibia and the adjoining muscle, caused by a lot of stiffness in the ankles from scar tissue (several sprained ankles) and lack of flexibilty. It sounded convincing!
Although if he says stress fracture he gets no repeat fees, and this way he thinks I need a few sessions to try and get rid of some scar tissue!
Mine said something similar re stiff ankles and flexibility, she was wrong and her treatment made it worse. Though to be frank her story changed during the treatments.
See an orthopod and get a MRI if it doesn't improve significantly very quickly. Above all don't run if in pain. If you have private medical insurance use it.
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