Could it be a stress fracture?

I recently ran a half marathon and at mile 2 I felt a pinch near the top of my foot above the arch. I figured it was a cramp and would work itself out. By the end of the race, my foot was in a lot of pain and I couldn’t wait to take my shoes off. Eventually, the pain subsided and I didn’t think about it again until two days later when I went for a run. After about the first mile, there was a sharp pain shooting through the top and side of my foot above the arch. I rested it and tried to run the following day, with the same result. There is virtually no pain except when I run. I am deliberating about seeing an orthopedist, but don’t want to make the visit needlessly. Wondering how long I should rest and “wait and see” before scheduling an appointment.

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Based off of the way you are describing your foot pain I would recommend seeing a Podiatrist. If treated early, stress fractures heal relatively quickly. Although stress fractures typically do not show up right away on an x-ray, they can be diagnosed clinically. Typical treatment is a surgical shoe, bone stimulator and minimal activity. Good luck!

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