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What is the healing time of cuneiform stress fracture?

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by needadvice, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. needadvice

    needadvice New Member

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    Last October, 5 weeks out from doing my first Ironman on Nov 24th, I was diagnosed via MRI with lateral cuneiform stress fracture in my left foot. I decided to rest it completely and attempt the run(marathon) on race day. About 12 miles into my run, my foot started to hurt a lot so I decided to walk the last 13 miles to complete the race. Post race, I compleetly stopped running and just rested it. I spent my workouts biking instead 3-4 days a week. i did not wear a boot(my dr didn't bring it up)
    Fast forward 4 months later(end of march), I got another MRI and the results showed no discrete fracture line and decreased inflamation. My dr said to start running a few times a week 30min 2x/week which I did and then a few weeks later increased to 40min 3x in one week. that week my foot started to hurt like crazy. Fustrated and worried I was not getting proper treatment, I decided to get a second opinion and the doctor is suggesting a bone stimulator.
    I am writing because I am frustrated and I hope someone can shed some light on how long does it really take to heal this type of stress fracture and what methods can help increase healing time. is what I am going through uncommon? I am worried I will never be able to run again or that my foot will get worse. I'm also wondering if the biking put pressure on my foot too beacuse I do a lot of hills and sometimes it's a bit sore/tender after rides.
    any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. rdizzy1223

    rdizzy1223 New Member

    Most lower extremity stress reactions take between 8 and 17 weeks for recovery. Got that from a stress fracture site.
  3. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    i hope your foot is healing by now! I too, a distance runner, was diagnosed with a stress reaction in my cuneiform. This is week 5 in a boot and i have done no pounding activities. My foot really doesn't feel any better yet. My dr. says i could be in a boot up to 12 weeks. Was also told i would need custom orthodics. My dr. says this is a slow healing process and that NO pounding activities should be done, including distance walking, even in my boot. KILLER! Hope this helps!

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