“Very atypical distal tibial stress fracture” That’s what the doctor wrote on the script for the MRI. I don’t like being atypical. If I had a typical tibial stress fracture I would have been running by now. But the truth is that I don’t know if I have a stress fracture. As I said from the beginning half of my symptoms indicate a SF and half do not. I have localized pain on the bone where most tibial SFs occur (and most SFs are tibial). The pain came on rather abruptly. I was running on a new surface and my intensity had increased. The pain increases in the evening and a bit in the morning. On the other hand I can hop without pain and that should cause serious pain (the vibration through the bone makes a SF hurt). Also the pain disappears rather quickly.
For the last two weeks I’ve been treating this as a tibial stress fracture and have diligently worn the aircast leg brace. With that brace I should have been running unrestricted in 3 weeks. Unfortunately I feel like I haven’t made any progress. I am pretty confident that I would be in extreme pain if I ran for just 1 mile.
Both the doctor and I are confused. He took x-rays yesterday and they showed nothing out of the ordinary. X-rays rarely show anything for a stress fracture until they have started to heal. Even then many x-rays don’t show the fracture. So the doctor ordered an MRI. I was lucky enough to get the MRI done last night. I won’t know the results until Monday afternoon. The technician wasn’t allowed to show me the images. He claimed it was illegal.