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I tried running about the equivalent of a marathon without training for it. I am athletic, but that is another beast to deal with. I couldn’t even run much more than half of it.

I have 2 stress fractures in my feet. One in each. One near my left ankle bone and the other is on my right and is likely a metatarsal. I didn’t have any X-rays to prove it. You just kinda know sometimes. I have gone over 2 months without running or serious sports and it’s still not healed up. I was working some and maybe this slowed the healing, as I was on my feet and lifting some stuff now and then.

I’ve drank more milk than usual, taken some calcium supplements, actually laid off pop, which science has proven to contribute towards fractures later in life. Caffeine also leaches calcium.

I am 29. Have no insurance. Wanted to try a PEMF device(bone-growth stimulator), but not enough money. Is there a place I could rent one??

Have crutches at home, haven’t used them much.

Suggestions, other?

4 Thoughts on How do I heal stress fractures the best and quickest?
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    Lancelot
    September 2, 2011 at 5:49 am

    If u find snails Just boil them and apply the paste in the facture area and Drink it aswell Its a anicient and natural medicine

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    Brandon W
    September 2, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Sounds like the only thing you haven’t triedis the best healer for stress fractures…rest. Especially in the feet, stress fractures take a while to heal, just as full fractures do. You need to stay off your feet as much as possible in order for them to heal poperly.

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    kj
    September 2, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Sometimes, being athletic can be a detriment. You can create physical problems that last the rest of your life..Calcium and supplements are good only up to a point….if you take too much it can cause kidney (or liver??) disease. Being athletic can be just as addicting as any drug, and it can just as dangerous when one keeps getting injury after injury.

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    Pancho Villa
    September 2, 2011 at 6:53 am

    The unfortunate truth is, even walking normally, you are “stressing” the fracture. I had this twice, once in the left 3rd metatarsal and later the right 4th.

    Basically I had to have a “walking cast” that had a rubber ball on my heel to avoid “using” my feet in a normal fashion.

    It sucks, but there is really NOTHING that can be done other than staying off it and looking like an idiot walking on your heel (walking cast or not) OR using your crutches for much longer than you feel that you need to use them. (a fracture is a fracture and if you don’t lay off them, you will pay in the long run)

    I wish you luck and sympathize with your situation.

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