I have bad ankles to begin with from years of volleyball, basketball, softball, and the Army. Right now, I do believe I have a stress fracture(s) in my ankle or shin. I used to just practice and play through the pain when I was younger. However, I am 25 now and super excited about starting Tri's, so I don't want to mess myself up anymore. I guess I should throw in that I am Military Police in Iraq right now. I have to wear boots all the time, except when working out, and when out on missions I carry about 30 lbs with my vest and gear. I don't think the fact that the past couple months I have been jumping down from my truck(about 3 feet) helped any. When I realized my leg was hurting, I stopped that. It just takes me a bit longer to get down now.
What should I do to heal? Can I still do my training, just do light running or Iliptical?
Would compression socks work for this, or just for shin splints?
Rest as much as you can. Sounds a lot harder for you with your situation, but try not to do anything else to cause injury to it.
I had a stress fracture in my right tibia last year. It took about 8 weeks of wearing a boot and resting for it to heal, then I started rehab.
While I was healing, my doctor said I could swim or aqua jog as much as I wanted. I could bike as long as I didn't stand to climb or push on the leg too hard. Running was completely out, but the elliptical was ok as long as the resistance was turned up high enough that there was no bouncing.
I spent most of the time swimming and biking rather than trying the elliptical. I was pretty afraid of it not healing and taking even more time.
elizabethsparks2002 - 2008-07-06 9:10 AM Would compression socks work for this, or just for shin splints?
Compression socks have only been truly proven to do one thing ...... make an endurance athlete look like a 70 year old guy in shorts, long socks and loafers. All other "claims" tend to be unfounded. And they certainly would not help a stress fracture!!