Ever heard of a March Fracture?
I’m speaking (and advising) from experience with this blog. The March Fracture acquired its name because it was common in Army recruits after long marches. It's also common in runners who begin marathon training.
This injury usually occurs in the middle of the second or third metatarsal bone in the forefoot. The pain and tenderness is typically felt on the top of the midfoot. As with all stress fractures, it rarely shows up on the initial X-ray but can be seen several weeks later as it begins healing through calcification.
Once diagnosed, avoiding jumping and running activity will be prescribed along with an immobilizing boot for daily wear for up to six weeks. After that, running will be contraindicated for up to 3 months!
Don’t attempt to convince your doctor that biking is okay within the first six weeks of healing because once out on the road, you’ll quickly discover that the divots in the pavement cause pain and rewind any healing!
How can you avoid this annoying injury? Take days off! If you plan, and/or periodize your training, build in those much needed recovery days. Bone, just like muscle, requires rest in order to repair and rebuild.
Learner and sharer of all things healthy, active, esteem building, growth promoting, witty and Hawaiian