A stress fracture is a crack in your bone. It could be no more than the width of a hair follicle, yet cause significant discomfort, especially when it is in a bone of weight bearing use, such as the foot. Stress fractures are most common in the feet, and obviously strike runners, basketball players and dancers most often. Stress fractures can become very serious if left untreated; however, it is not difficult, though it does take a long time to treat a foot stress fracture.
Stop exercising, running or whatever you were doing at the onset of the pain. Prepare yourself for boredom from lack of exercise for 6-12 weeks. Go slow to get back into your normal routine, even if your foot feels better. Limited weight bearing exercise such as swimming or a stationary bike is acceptable.
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