An admitted shoe geek waxes philosophical about running, triathlon, and life in general.
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Friday, May 6, 2011

An update

As promised, here is an update on my foot -- I don't know, and it still hurts.

I went to a doctor on Monday, who poked and prodded (and found a point of very significant pain), and took x-rays. I got the follow-up call the next morning saying that the x-rays didn't show any fracture, but that doesn't rule out a fracture. And if the pain doesn't get better in a week, to come back for another round of x-rays.

Today is Friday, and there's been no real improvement.

It all means that there is no diagnosis yet, I have no idea how long it'll take to heal, and it's not improving at all.

So I'm not doing well mentally, thinking that I've thrown race entry fee money down the drain (ironically enough, the injury happened the day after I signed up for a half on August 6th), let down my wife in that I won't be able to do the Chicago half with her, and just the general funk of not being able to run. I did a light trainer ride on Wednesday, another tonight, and it went fine as long as I was on the bike pedaling. Getting on and off the bike wasn't fun, though.

This is the first time I've had a problem with my right foot. Everything else has been on my left -- Plantar fasciitis, Frieberg's Infraction, Jones fracture... And if I end up in a boot, how am I gonna drive?

I know, it's not the end of the world, and I'll be able to, eventually, return to running and do the events I've been looking forward to (maybe not this year).

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I'm really sorry to hear that I can can completely sympathize with you. I broke my first metatarsal in my left foot during the last leg of a 52-mile relay last September. It was a complicated break as it was around a pin I had in my foot for a previous bunion surgery.

I was in the boot til the end of October with no improvement (slow to heal), then a cast for two weeks (complicated by swelling issues), then boot again but completely off of it on crutches until mid-December.

I started PT in January, then resumed running (as tolerated) in February. All seems to be OK so far - have run up to 6+ miles without much issue.

Long story, sorry! Those months didn't go by without several freak-outs (after being so active with training and racing), then a total spiral into holiday food.

My advice, go easy, watch your diet (if you are inclined to do so) and do everything you can (weights, abs, pool runs, swimming and biking, if allowed). I wish I would have taken my own advice at the time because I've had to work that much harder to regain my fitness. But I DID regain it.