I’m assuming Steve didn’t have a stress fracture then?
Can’t say, since we are both stubborn bastards who won’t go to a doctor. It doesn’t hurt him while running now, only walking up and down stairs or when he gets out of bed, or after walking for hours on end out in the woods. I think if it was a fracture, it would be worse? Just basing this on the research I’ve done.
But it’s been 15 days without any running at all (and very little the two weeks before that) and he is at a point where he doesn’t want to stay off of it any longer and have to start over from square one. I mean, yes, I know no one wants this, smart as it may be. But I am not going to tell him not to run. I empathize with his plight too much.
So he will see what comes of it the next few weeks. He is not compensating or changing his form since it is not in pain during the running itself. It should eventually heal regardless, though it may take longer, and if it gets worse in the next few weeks, he will likely finally go to a doctor without me kicking him to do it.