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Exercising with a 5th metatarsal stress fracture

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Hey everyone. I'm waiting on confirmation from a specialist but it looks like I may have a 5th metatarsal stress fracture. I'm wondering if anyone out there has has one, and what exercises you did to stay fit before you could get back on the road running. I'm ATTEMPTING to have a positive attitude about this, but in all honesty, the thought of not being able to run for who knows how long really has me anxious and stressed out (running is my outlet!!!). I'd appreciate any ideas or thoughts anyone has! I'll obviously also ask my Doc for suggestions but would like to hear from others who have gone through this as well.
Thanks!!!

Update: not a fracture! Was given the wrong inserts which has resulted in a deep tissue/bone bruise and stress aggravation. Seeing a specialist in 2 weeks to have my gate evaluated so he can prescribe me shoes. Strictly aqua jogging until then. BUT Doc is confident I will be A-OK for my upcoming races!! Thanks for the tips everyone and the article was great!

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  • Bob
    Bob Sendmail

    I am overcoming a 2nd metatarsal stress fracture so I feel your pain. The best advice I found is in this article as it covers everything about stress fractures: http://camilleherron.com/2011/05/11/overcoming-stress-fractures

    In a nutshell, she recommends light walking (30 minutes) and strength training. Before I read her article, I swam and rode a bike and did a little bit on the stair master. I hope to start running again in two weeks. Good luck!

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  • I was able to bicycle comfortably with metatarsal stress fracture.

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  • I broke my 5thmetatarsal a long while back and was in a hard cast for 6 weeks or so and prohibited from running for a copule more weeks. i was able to cycle and swim anything that didn't put weight on the foot. might also look into deep water running. it's a run work out in the deep end of the pool w/ a floatation belt it is very intense and kinda boring but keep you in running shape. good luck and mend up soon

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