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How long for a stress fracture to heal?

Clearly every case is different, but I'm wondering what other people have experienced.  My orthopedist is pretty sure I have a stress fracture at the top of my tibia and said to take a few weeks off from running until it doesn't hurt anymore.  I had been training for a 10 mile race, working up to about 20-25 miles / week, almost exclusively on a treadmill.  It's been a few weeks and it still hurts a lot.  If it's still hurting by the end of the week, I'll go back to the doctor again, but curious what others have experienced in terms of healing time.  TIA! 

Re: How long for a stress fracture to heal?

  • is this a sports med ortho?  just take a few weeks off until it feels better sounds like something a non-sports med ortho would say.  

    my ortho recently evaluated me for a stress fracture.  I don't have one but I was told to expect 6-8 healing time/time off running.

    did you get an MRI or an x-ray or anything? 

  • image ebeth_msn:

    is this a sports med ortho?  just take a few weeks off until it feels better sounds like something a non-sports med ortho would say.  

    my ortho recently evaluated me for a stress fracture.  I don't have one but I was told to expect 6-8 healing time/time off running.

    did you get an MRI or an x-ray or anything? 

    He is a sports med ortho - he gave me some other exercises to do and said to keep walking on the treadmill and doing other non-impact exercise in the mean time (and to come back in a week or two if it wasn't better).  Sounds like if it is a stress fracture it's not too serious.  They did take x-rays, but wanted to wait a week or two before ordering an MRI. Nothing definitive showed up on the x-ray, but they said with a stress fracture that the second x-ray in a few weeks would truly help to evaluate (to see any changes in the bone).  I've had 2 operations on this knee because of a skiing injury, so my knee is pretty messed up already and I just don't want to risk further damage.  

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