Calcaneous Stress Fracture

I am 21 years old and typically run between 5-8 miles about 5 or 6 days a week. In the beginning of july i experienced a lot of pain in the center of my heel but stupidly decided to "run through it". I could not walk the next morning so I went to the emergency room and had it X-Rayed. The X-Rays came back negative and i was diagnosed with achilles tendonitis. After two weeks of no relief from the symptoms I saw an orthopedic surgeon who guessed tendonitis again and told me i could run in a week, which i did. The pain in my heel went away but the swelling did not. I had an MRI done about 3 weeks ago which revealed a stress fracture in the posterior medial calcaneous. I have been given different opinions on treatment options. I went to see another orthopedic surgeon becuase i recently moved and he took new x-rays. The fracture is still not showing up on the xrays. However, it is not painful to walk, but the swelling is STILL there. I was curious on what to do about the swelling and when you think I will be able to run again. Also, should i be in a cast? Currently I am wearing athletic sneakers every day and I have not ran since August 14th. Thank you!!

Posted By Kat on August 31, 2005 at 23:57:12:

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