As much as runners hate to hear this, the only way to truly recover and be able to run without pain—or risk a full fracture—is to take a break and invest in healing your foot. If you catch the injury early, you may only need a few weeks off to allow the bone to heal. If you continue to exercise and allow the fracture to progress, though, you’ll find it takes much longer.
If resting fails to alleviate the pain, you may need to wear a special walking boot or a cast to avoid putting too much pressure on the cracked bone while it recovers. You should also ice the area to combat inflammation and swelling. When your foot has healed to a certain point, you’ll be able to begin cross-training activities to ease back into exercise. Swimming, water aerobics, and other low-impact cardio are great for keeping you in shape and bringing your feet back into action. Once you have no pain and our staff has cleared your return to running, you can begin slowly working your way back to your regular routine.