I'm 51, diagnosed with grade one 5th metatarsal stress fracture that I sustained on 4/12/10. I say "sustained" because in retrospect, it was hurting before that. I last had a stress fracture 28 years ago, forgot what it felt like, etc. 4/12/10 was my last run. Saw the orthopedic guy on 4/27, X-rays were negative, as expected. He said it was a stress fracture. I continued to limp around, finally had MRI on 5/25 that confirmed fracture. So here I am, 7 weeks in, and absolutely no closer to getting well than when I started. I can gently press on the ball of my foot between 4th and baby toe, and it hurts. So, I presume this is where the fracture is (the MRI report does not specifically state where the fracture is). I borrowed a boot from a runner friend, wore it for 2 weeks, took it off for a week, and went back to boot on 5/24. I went back to my podiatrist who fitted me with orthotics 20 years ago, he re-casted my feet and now I have new and updated orthotics. I can't even ride a bike, it hurts. So here I am, used to running sub-18:00 5K's, now eyeing chocolates and fried food with unrestrained lust, depression addled, realizing I'm going to have to go back into the pool (which I hate more than anything), and realizing my Grand Canyon R2R hike in September is in real jeopardy. I'm going back to the orthopedic guy later this week and I am going to ask him:
1. Is the boot the right thing to be wearing?
2. Do I need to be casted?
3. How long will this take to heal?
What else should I be doing or what else am I forgetting to ask the doc? Thanks for your help.
Definitely see the orthopedic guy, because everyone is different.
If it helps, though, I had a stress fracture, and it hurt at 6 weeks, and 7 weeks, and 8 weeks (they take 6-8 weeks to heal, I thought), and 9 weeks, and 10 weeks, and 11 weeks. At 11 1/2 weeks it stopped hurting, and I could run.