In the spring I started having some foot pain on the outside of my right foot (5th metatarsal) as well as pain above my ankle and swelling on the outside of my leg. I went to a podiatrist and got x-rays and MRIs. He determined that I had the beginning stages of a stress fracture in my 5th metatarsal. He had me wear a boot air cast for about a month and a half and go to physical therapy. It is two months later and I am still having the pain and swelling. I do the PT exercises every day and ice my ankle and foot. I've been taking it easy and haven't done anything but swim. I saw him two weeks ago and he told me to start weening off the boot and suggests that my pain might be coming from a pinched nerve in my back. First of all I am pretty sure this injury was caused because I started running earlier this year. I felt like I did everything correctly. I started off slowly, got fitted for shoes, cross-trained, stretched, etc. I have always been active and like I said no other injuries to this area of my body. I am scheduled to return to the doctor in a few days but am just kind of at a loss of what to do. Clearly, it is very frustrating to go through a few months of treatment to come out being not much better then before. Has anyone ever experienced a similar type of issue? Any suggestions on what else I can do to help it? Depending on the results of my next visit with him I am more then likely going to seek a second opinion.