Is this a stress fracture?

I recently ran a half marathon and at mile 2 I felt a sharp pain near the top of my foot. 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, was swollen and I couldn’t wait to take my shoes off. The pain started to decrease so yesterday I went for a run. After about the first mile, there was a sharp pain shooting through the top of my foot again. Wondering if it could be a stress fracture and if I should see a Podiatrist?

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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 as this does sound like a stress fracture. If treated early, stress fractures heal relatively quickly (2 weeks).

    Although stress fractures typically do not show up right away on an x-ray, they can be diagnosed clinically and you can begin off-loading your foot. Typical treatment is a surgical shoe, bone stimulator and minimal activity.

    I hope this helps!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
    Please be advised: we do not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
    By law, we cannot give specific medical advice over the Internet.

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