My GP diagnosed inflamed tendons then it got worse (I think when the actual stress fracture occurred) and I then decided to make use of my private health insurance that I get with my job and see a consultant. The boot was an option, rightly or wrongly I decided not to have that. As regards shoes, I lived in my trainers for weeks, even now I keep them in the car and use them for driving to try and reduce the strain on my foot. Walking is not a problem, the other weekend I walked 4 miles without and pain or discomfort but my last run was early May, might try a very short test run next week if things are any better. I’m trying to get in touch in the consultant to get his thoughts on my recovery progress or lack of. Hopefully you should get some answers from the MRI, keep us posted.
I don't want to worry you Clag but that is just how my stress fracture felt, right under the ball of the foot, absolute agony when I first did it. At least if it is that the MRI will show it up and you will know what you are dealing with. Hope for you it’s not a stress fracture but something more easily fixed.
Sorry to hear the news about stopping running . . . I’m 58 and still trying to recover from a metatarsal stress fracture back in May but when I saw the consultant about this he also told me I had arthritis in my other foot which had contributed to making me very flat footed. I was expecting him to tell me to stop running but the advice was just to only run every other day and have rest days. I’m still not back running yet after the stress fracture but I do often wonder with arthritis if my running days are numbered, so I totally understand.
Thanks Debra / Stylish for the replies . . . I’m currently walking about a mile and a half a day (more when time allows) with no real pain or discomfort but obviously that does not put the stress on the foot like running. The only things that really cause me any discomfort are driving (it’s my left foot so my clutch foot) and most importantly running. A paramedic friend told me at the weekend there is not much that can be done except wait for it to heal so I guess I just have to be patient but when read of other people back running after 6 weeks it’s just a little frustrating.
At the beginning of May I got metatarsal stress fracture, had an X-Ray, a MRI and a vitamin D check – The result of the MRI confirmed the stress fracture and the vitamin D test that I had a deficiency. The consultant told me not to run until early July. I have been walking and even walked 4 miles last week without problems but after my first very short (quarter mile) test run my foot aches. Everything I read says about 6 – 12 weeks for recovery, obviously even at 12 weeks I am not even near recovery yet so feeling a bit fed up . . . I would be really interested to hear other peoples experiences with this injury particularly how long it took before you could start running again, it might cheer me up a bit!