For the past few weeks the top of my right foot has been hurting. Not real bad but more of a bruised feeling. I find that if I put the brunt of my weight on my heel when I walk that tempers the discomfort. Everything I have read points to a stress fracture. The thing is though, the “injury” did not occur due to an exercise related event. In fact, I do not workout at all, though I do walk a lot at work and bend the foot in question a lot when kneeling down. I have been placing an icepack on the foot daily for about 30 minutes three times per day. I can still walk on it, even briskly if needed but the discomfort is beginning to irritate me as it does not appear to be getting any better. I do not want to wear a boot or be on crutches—so I am hoping this goes away on its own. Nor do I want to end up having surgery due to being unnecessarily stubborn. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I am a 41-year old male.