Originally posted by rcs1113@May 1 2010, 09:33 PM
Alright. Its more of a sharp pain, nothing dull really. The sports doctor I went to suggested I get orthotics and get my gait analyzed so maybe ill do that once i can run again.
You mention diet changes... I first experienced the pain about halfway through april. My diet was normal(healthy) as always. I have been taking calcium, vitamin d3, magnesium, taking a multi vitamin, and whey protein on a daily basis for about the past 2 weeks. Within the last week(pain about the same maybe a little more noticeable) I've been eating A LOT less. I've been trying to cut out almost any unnecessary food. I've been eating probably less than 2000 calories during the week days and maybe around 2500-3000 calories during the weekends. Now that I'm in this boot, Im trying to cut out every ounce of fat on my body besides the necessary fat. Im 16 years old, 6'1", and about 155 pounds(mostly muscle; not just saying that, I lift a lot) and growing so now that Im reading my words, its probably not the best idea to try to be trying to not eat at all. The other reason I'm not eating as much is because now that its shorts & short sleeves season, the ladies have been giving me a lot of attention about my body for the first time in my life. So i'm kinda thinking "if they're loving it like this, think[myself] about how hot I will be if I'm even more toned down."---(Wow, what am I a 14 year old girl who thinks she's fat or something?)
Hmm yeah, the sharp pain makes me think it's not necessarily a bone problem. Does the pain shoot up your foot or anywhere else, or is it pretty much localized?
I think it would be a fine idea to get your gait analyzed as soon as you can, actually. Weight bearing is usually recommended during stress fracture (sFx) recovery because it helps keep your bone mass to normal - otherwise when you return to weight bearing you will have a lot of tissues that need to readjust to the stress of being used again. For gait analysis most places videotape you running on a treadmill. It won't be bad for you to do this as long as you aren't in extreme pain or something. So I would recommend it while you are still injured to see what you are doing now
that is causing the problems.
As for diet.. I agree with your impression of yourself. What you are doing seems a little silly, especially since you are relatively tall and your weight is not that high to begin with. If you're serious about running you should be serious about your diet. I'm not saying you should be super anal and crazy about every little thing you eat, but I am saying that you should be intaking a proper amount of calories. In fact, I don't think that simply limiting caloric intake has been shown to lower weight (all things I've heard indicate a weight GAIN, actually). Proper caloric intake is essential for a runner, or any active person who stresses their body.
Every time you run or place stress on your body during exercise, structures are slightly damaged as a natural process (microtears in muscle, slight osteoblastic - bone destroying- occurring in bone, etc.). When you stop exercising, your body is repairing these tissues and making them stronger. This includes bone, muscle, tendons, etc. You need a sufficient intake (i.e. more calories in than calories burned) in order for these repairs to occur. If bone breakdown is greater than bone regeneration, for example, a stress reaction is pretty likely to occur.
Since you aren't running right now, it may seem like eating enough is less of a concern, but I would say that 2000 calories is probably not enough for you, even at this time. It's important to still be intaking enough food while you are trying to heal your sFx.
But, I am not a professional nor a dietician. This is some basic stuff I've learned and I encourage you to find out more from your doctor and any other health care professionals you have access to.