Can I still run with stress fractures?

A stress fracture is a break in the bone that doesn’t go all the way through. It often occurs in new recruits who march a lot, or runners who suddenly increase the distance or intensity of their runs. They most often happen in the tibia (shin bone) and metatarsals (the foot bones behind your toes).

If you run with stress fractures, you risk a complete break. A stress fracture may not show on an X-ray, but a bone scan will usually reveal where it is. Pain in a certain spot on your foot is a reason to see us for a diagnosis.

This injury requires no running for 4 to 6 weeks. It will not heal if you do. Fractures in the 5th metatarsal, which has poor blood supply, may take even longer to heal.

Let Sierra Foot & Ankle in Carson City and Gardnerville, NV guide you through recovering from this injury. Call us at (775) 783-8037—or toll free at (888) 608-8406—for an appointment to learn treatments to help with pain, and don’t run until it is totally gone, even when you press on the spot. Doing so is just not worth the risk.