Repeated stress like the continuous pounding of running, sports, exercise, or dance can cause a tiny break in the bone, also known as a stress fracture. The metatarsal bones, which make up the front part of the arch, are a common area for stress fractures with the second and third metatarsal's being affected most often.
The pain is typically felt at a specific and localize spot, usually on the top portion of the bone. Sadly, your stress fracture might not be obvious at first, which puts you at risk for making it worse. The pain may be milder first, but he can intensify with time if you don't take care of it.
Stress fractures take about 6 to 8 weeks to heal and are routinely treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Rest is key here, ice and anti- inflammatory medication may assist in the early days, but the fastest path way to healing is through relative offloading of the fracture site. That means no running or high impact exercise until your doctor says so. We, at Advanced Podiatry, often prescribe a Walking Boot to help take some load off the affected area. A stress fracture can turn into a full break if you aren't careful.