If a break is suspected, runners should immediately follow the RICE protocol: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. If pain and swelling last longer than a few days, a visit to a podiatrist for an x-ray and diagnosis is in order.
In most cases, treatment includes rest and immobilization with casting of the foot. Surgery may be required in certain instances to repair and stabilize a stress fracture that has progressed into a full fracture.
Runners can take action to prevent repetitive stress injuries in their feet by wearing supportive athletic shoes and slowly building up their activity levels according to their abilities.
If a runner suffers from abnormal mechanics in the foot, such as overpronation or hypermobility, custom orthotics can also be helpful to prevent these injuries.
If you are suffering from stress fractures in the foot, the podiatrists’ at North Eastern Ohio Podiatry Group, LLC can help provide the best advice and options.