My Dr is pretty sure I have managed to give myself a stress fracture in my lower leg and foot! Since my foot started hurting I have stopped running (5 weeks ago). After a visit to a physio, and A&E (Xrays were clear) I am being sent for an MRI to figure out what is going on!
I have been on crutches for 2 weeks to completely rest the lower leg, but after that I am trying to figure out what training I can do. Is swimming ok if I don't kick off the wall, also turbo training on the bike, should it be ok if I don't go for high power intervals?
My Physio has said that it can take 3-6 months to completely clear up, any suggestions about how to reintroduce running after a break of that long?
Be careful with stress fx. Make sure you find a good clinician who can help you figure out what caused it. Too much volume too quick? Increase in intensity too quickly? Hills? Sprints? New lifting routine? New plyometrics? Poor running mechanics? New running locations? etc etc.
Once you are healed, you shouldn't start jogging until you can walk at a brisk pace for 45-60min without pain and without pain later that day.
After that, 10-20% increase per week in overall volume.
Mind you training variables: Frequency, duration, and intensity.
This is my protocol with all of my patients. But don't take this to heart, only follow a RTP protocol advised by your team. This was just an example since you asked what you can expect when reintroducing running.
Best of luck