Hi - I'm recovering from a stress fracture to the top of my tibia just under the knee. I was training for the chester marathon but my leg gave way for no apparent reason just half a mile into my first 20 mile run. It's been just over 6 weeks.
I had an X-ray, an mri scan, a bone density scan an a vitamin d test. Luckily I'm covered by bupa as I very much doubt that my local a&e would have supported all that! Am still waiting for the test results for the last two but have fingers crossed.
My consultant told me to stop using anti-inflamatories as he said that they can slow down the bone healing. I'd never heard that before but I did take his advice and switched to paracetamol instead.
As much as I want to get back to running, I know it's going to take some time as it is still pretty painful just to walk normally. The physio said that I shouldn't think about running until I can hop comfortably on the bad leg - just thinking about doing that makes me feel sick at the minute!!
All I can say is take it steady. It is frustrating but you really don't want to end up going backwards with this. Vicky - speak to your gp about the mri etc. Even if he cant refer you directly, he may be able to refer you to a consultant who can or at the very least to a physio.
Unfortunately I got stuck not being able to do anything as I was having trouble just walking properly and the physio wouldn't clear me for bike riding until the end of April. The only thing i was allowed to do was swim but I can't (tried to learn as an adult but it never happened)
so....things have been v difficult since trying to get back into it as my fitness levels are now pants. I've gone from running a half marathon non stop to stopping at least twice during a Parkrun. It's hard not to let that get to you! But, given that you've managed to keep fairly active I'm sure you won't find it as bad!! To be honest its taking my mind off having a dodgy foot
The ultrasound was done by the physio at a&e. A&e referred me to their own physio and i saw her every week for about 6 weeks. She massaged it for a bit and then did the ultrasound for about 5 mins'each time. It feels ok at the time but it does hurt later that day for some strange reason. Maybe you could ask your docs for a referral letter?
I'm going out on the road for the first time tomorrow night. Will let you know how it goes!! xx
Hi Emma. I've been suffering with exactly the same thing, brought on after doing the Blackpool half at the end of Feb. A fortnight ago, my physio gave me the all clear to run but I've been really nervy about actually doing it as I never want to feel that bad again. I've managed 2 parkruns (on grass) and it was surprisingly ok.
The worst part was that my cardio is now rubbish and I couldn't run the whole thing with out stopping several times - although that probably wasn't a bad thing as it forced me not to go too crazy! The day after my foot was tight but not sore and i made sure to keep massaging it like the physio said (in the bath works pretty well!). The tightness is in my arch and on the inside on my ankle so I find it helps to alternate my shoes during the week to keep it stretched out rather than keep it in the same position (ie heels one day and flats the next).
Have you had any ultrasound on the area? I found it really helped. it did seem to make it more painful later on the day of treatment but by the next day it seemed to settle down nicely. The other thing was standing on the edge of your stairs with the balls of your feet on the stair and the rest of your feet hanging off and then coming up onto your toes. It's a really good stretch and the bannister comes in handy when you start wobbling!!
The second week was much better, both in terms of cardio and tightness, but I've yet to run any distance on the road. To be honest, I've caught myself making excuses NOT to go out, which is ridiculous since I was so miserable when I couldn't run. I think the trick is to build up slowly and not to expect to be where you were pre-injury. I'm struggling with that part, but hopefully things will get better!!