Christine would probably be a good one to talk to. I know she had a different stress fracture but she did all sort of cross training. On the other hand, when I had my stress fracture (or possibly just a stress reaction, never got the MRI to confirm one or the other) in the 3rd metatarsal in my foot, I just took time off from training entirely, as that was the best option for me. I never was the cross training type... Good luck! Hope it's nothing but being safe for a bit is probably the best bet....
Thanks Danielle! I totally already talked to Christine :) and indeed she offered some great suggestions and intel about her experience. Hers sounds like it happened fast though, and mine -- if it even is one -- seems to be a bit of a different creature. Slow onset, no big snap. So, I figured I'd put it out the "the panel" before I decide if it is worth "getting it looked at", since I know many of you have probably dealt with such things! Curious - how long did you stop training for?
Xar, I would have to look back at my training log to be sure, but I believe I took about a month off entirely, maybe even more, then came back very very slowly... I wonder, do you think the pressure in your foot could be the product of moving differently because of your back or something... in all my visits with Dr. Jamie, there's nothing I haven't learned more than "it's all connected!"
Yes, it's related. Lost a ton of muscle tone in my left leg in the throes of the back saga. At the worst of it, proprioception in my left leg/foot was out of whack too. Microspikes have been a lifesaver many times. One of my theories is that in attempting to work through the imbalance via that leg, I was trying very slightly to land more on the outside of my foot. (All the weakness made the leg want to cave inward - even the arch in my left foot was lower.) And though I tried to make the adjustment very subtle, the pavement rather brisk increase in back to back miles may have been like the perfect storm.
!? Gack ?!my brother has had two. he might be a good one to talk to. he tried to run through the first - did all kinds of shoe mods to relieve pressure from said frac. I'll tell him to weigh in.
I agree with gack! And I was having such fun with my relative level of soundness! Biking has been great though, and this kind of thing should heal in weeks if I figure it out right. A minor blip. Would love to hear for John's take if he has a few minutes!
I have a great orthopedic doctor if you are interested. I have no stress fracture, but turf toe, he helped me greatly. You need to have someone look at this if it's been going on for a long time. Yes, time off is key. I have lost track how long I have been off now. Going ape-shit batty.
Thanks Amy, I hope you are healed up soon. Time off can be maddening for sure. :/
What do you think?