We ask a lot of our bones, some bones more than others. If you're a runner, you pretty much ask the world of your feet. Unfortunately, the bones in your feet are some of the smaller and more fragile bones you've got. When you consider that stress fractures affect track-and-field athletes more than any other group, it stands to reason that taking care of these bones should be one of your top priorities [source: Wilder].
Stress fractures are caused when repeated exercise places too much stress on the bones. New runners, who too often haven't yet developed proper running technique or training methods, are particularly susceptible to this condition. To keep a stress fracture from occurring in the first place, use proper shoes, don't increase your training mileage by more than 10 percent at any one time, and make sure you're well rested between runs.
The worst thing you can do with a stress fracture is nothing. The bone is cracked, which means continued stress can cause a complete fracture in the bone and additional couch time. Treatment, preferably through a doctor, involves rest and immobilization [source: O&P Business News]. If you can't see yourself staying still that long, you might also try some running exercises in a pool [source: Mann]. This will at least keep pressure off of the injured bone.