I have been dealing with a stress fracture in my right foot for about a year now. I have been to the doctor, the specialist, and the physical therapist many times. I have had an MRI . I wear orthotics and and do stretches as instructed. I ice my foot in the morning, when I get home from school, and most evenings. I learned that my right leg is not straight and that I have been landing improperly on my foot my whole life. It is not healed. It is better, but not healed.
I have been a walker for about 17 years. Until I realized I had a stress fracture I walked 45 minutes about 5 days a week for exercise. Now I limit myself to 30 minutes to keep my foot "happy." I have had to make some changes to my life and my routine to accommodate my foot. I bought an exercise bike and use it some days.
I have learned to be patient. I have learned to adjust. I carefully choose shoes for their fit not their style. My specialist recommended Saucony brand sneakers. I have worn out several pairs. I have learned to plan my walks and to factor in the weather more than ever. I have learned to enjoy the small "steps" (pun intended) as I walk into the future.