I love watching the Olympics to see the athletes who dedicate the past 4 years, sometimes their whole lives, to their one sport. It all culminates in one competition, their one moment in time to compete with the best of the best. Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland almost saw her dreams come crasing down after she found out 2 weeks earlier she had a broken 5th metatarsal bone, which is the long bone of the foot just below the base of the 5th toe. She fought through the pain and won the gold medal in the 10 km classic interval start competition in Sochi, Russia. This was definitely a call that only she and her coaches could make, because it typically takes 6-8 weeks and sometimes up to 12 weeks for a fracture to heal, and that is with immobilizationin a walking cast boot or a fiberglass cast. This may be different than a stress fracture in an athlete, which also needs to be treated with immobilization. Without immediate attention, a fracture can become displaced or improper treatment may cause delayed healing, sidelining you even longer. If you think an injury in your foot may be a stress fracture or other type of fracture, make an appointment with one of our doctors at Prairie Path Foot and Ankle where we will perform a thorough exam and we are able to perform digital Xrays right on the premesis to give you an accurate diagnosis. With swift treatment, even if it is not an Olympic sport, it is important to get you back to your activity as soon as possible.