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Fibular Stress Fracture

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 6, 2009
  • 02:45 AM

I just ran a marathon two days ago and I think that I have a stress fracture in my fibula. I had been experiencing pain on the outside of my right leg when I ran (and sometimes while I wasn't running) for about three weeks. When I experienced the pain during running it was a sharp pain radiating from a specific point on the outside of my leg (which also hurt if I pressed on it during rest), but when I experienced the pain while resting it was a general dull aching pain and tightness throughout my ankle and lower leg. I thought that this was tendonitis because I had sprained my ankle during week three of my 17 week training program, so I wrapped my ankle before runs and took my last few weeks of training a little easier.

I took two Ibuprofen before running the marathon as a precautionary measure. When I finished, my leg was stiff and sore, but I could still walk on it. However, I went home and took a nap and when I woke up I could not put any pressure at all on my right leg without it involuntarily pulling back up from the extreme pain. I think that I have had a stress fracture in my fibula the whole time, and not tendonitis. There is only very little swelling, but I have been icing it a few times a day and after every run. Anyways, during the past two days I have been staying off of it (either hopping or using crutches), but I am now able to walk on it with very little pain as long as I am careful about how I step.

I am in the middle of finals and as soon as I finish I have to start a cross country move, so I am reluctant to spend hours in a doctor's office so that they can tell me to rest and ice it...which I can do on my own. I was wondering if anyone has input on two things: 1) do my symptoms really point to a fibular stress fracture as I suspect? 2) Since the fibula is not a weight bearing bone, is it ok for me to walk on it while it recovers or do I need to get some type of boot or continue using crutches?

Thanks for any help!

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