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Repeated stress (like the continuous pounding of running) can cause a tiny break in the bone, also known as a stress fracture. “The metatarsal bones, which make up the front part of the arch, are a common area for stress fractures with the second and third metatarsals being affected most often,” says Loretta Logan, DPM, an associate professor at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine & Foot Center of New York. “The pain is typically felt at a specific and localized spot, usually on the top portion of the bone.” Sadly, your stress fracture might not be obvious at first, which puts you at risk for making it worse: “The pain may be mild at first, but it can intensify with time if you don’t take care of it.”
 
Dr. Loretta Logan
 
 
“Stress fractures take about six to eight weeks to heal and are routinely treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation,” Logan says. Rest is key here: “Ice and NSAID medication may assist in early days, but the fastest pathway to healing is through relative off-loading of the fracture site.” To be clear, that means no running until your doc says so. Some doctors may even prescribe a walking boot to help take some load off the affected area. The stakes are high: A stress fracture can turn into a fracture-fracture (or full break) if you aren’t careful.
 
Source: Kiera Carter, Runner's World [11/3/18]
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
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