I recently qualified for the NYC Marathon and have been training with some decently high mileage (50-60 a week) for the last few months to get ready. I developed what I think is a stress fracture in my left leg a few inches above my ankle. I had an x-ray done and it came back negative and I have an MRI tomorrow which I will most likely get the results back from on Tuesday.
I was wondering what sort of experience people have had with this injury before? At this point, I think I may have to write off the Marathon for this year but I really don't want to. I'll be completely bummed because I was so excited to qualify. What kind of mileage will I be able to do when I finally get back into it? Is it going to be anywhere near enough time to get back into shape and run NYC? Please share your experience and success stories with this injury! I need something positive! Thanks everyone.
Oh boy, I hope its not a stress fracture. The only treatment for that kind of injury is a brace and as little weight on it as possible. A stress fracture must have time to rebuild the bone that has cracked and for that to happen you must not have any substantial weight on it. I hate to say this but you will NOT be able to run for at least 4 weeks depending on the severity, and as long as 16 weeks in some extreme cases. Now, as to running when you are all healed up...if you only have to take a month off, I would imagine you would be able to regain your stamina for the race on November 1st. In general your body does not atrophy for around 16 days and as long as you have a good plan you may still be able to do your race. Lets hope its not a stress fracture that requires more than a month to heal. Good luck and either way, you have done more than most people will ever do that is qualify for the NYC Marathon!
I had a bone scan Friday which confirmed my tibia stress fracture right below the knee and had to cancel plans for the LA Marathon. Now I will not run for 2-3 months. Instead I am doing low impact aerobics, spinning bike classes and tomorrow I try yoga.
The world will not end if you have a FX. Just be patient and try again later with a marathon.
Well, my MRI came back negative for any stress fractures but the pain is still there. I am walking comfortably with pretty much no pain (it's been about 2 weeks since I first started feeling anything and I haven't run in 8 days.) I still cannot run, however, and when I apply pressure to the area with my fingers, it's still very sore. I've been biking to keep my fitness level up but I'm not sure how long I'm going to be out if it's not a stress fracture. I'm pretty sure it's not shin splints since I've been a runner for about 4 years and have never had a shin splint issue. Are there any other injuries that mask themselves with a similar pain/symptoms that anyone knows of or is there a chance that a stress fracture would not show up on an MRI? Thanks!
Interesting, on one hand im glad its not a stress fracture, but its too bad you dont have a diagnosis. An MRI is very hard core, its super detailed and gives a very clear image of the area. What ever is causing you pain is in that picture unless its a nerve issue somewhere else. My bet is that you have some kind of tendinitis. As to why you may have tendinitis, im not sure I can help answer that from here. Ask your doctor to be specific about what is causing your pain and mention tendinitis. Does taking ibuprofen help with the pain? That is an anti-inflammatory and should help with that kind of pain. Let me know. Do some reading on the subject, I left you a good link in this message.
This short article Diagnosis of Repititive Use Injury, does not specfically answer your question, but it does provide some direction on where or how you might find an answer. If this is truely a running injury ask "could the manner in which I run contribute to the injury?".
Damien Howell MS, PT, OCS - www.damienhowellpt.com
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