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Fibular Stress Fracture

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  • Posted By: fishfry1983
  • May 6, 2009
  • 05:27 PM

I just finished a marathon three days ago. For about three weeks leading up to the marathon I thought that I had tendonitis in my right ankle. I had sprained the ankle during week 3 of the 17 week training program and I thought that this was a residual effect of the sprain. I never went to the doctor for the sprain or for what I thought was tendonitis.

The pain in my right leg was a sharp pain radiating from a specific point just above my ankle on the outside of my right leg when I ran. When I wasn't running it was a dull pain and stiffness throughout my ankle and lower leg and if I pressed on the specific point pain would shoot all the way up an down my leg.

Before running the marathon I took 2 ibuprofen as a precautionary measure and, while my leg hurt a little it was completely bearable. At the end of the marathon I was able to walk, but my leg was stiff. When I came home I took a shower then nap, but when I woke up from the nap I could not stand on my right leg because it would involuntarily coil back in pain when I tried to put any pressure at all on it. During the past three days I have mostly been using crutches, but the pain has subsided to the point that if I am very careful about how I step I can walk on my right leg if necessary.

I am in the middle of finals and as soon as I finish them I have to make a cross country move, so I don't have much time for going to a doctor's office in order for the doctor to tell me to rest and ice it...which I can do on my own. I think that I have had a stress fracture to my fibula, and not tendonitis, all along. However, I know that the fibula is not a weight bearing bone. I was wondering if anyone knew the answers to two things: 1) Do my symptoms, as I suspect, actually sound more like a stress fracture than tendonitis? and 2) If I have a stress fracture in my fibula can I continue to do things like walk and bike while it is healing since it is not a weight bearing bone or will that inhibit healing?

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