I swear there’s food under that ketchup.
Nothing like an egg & veggie sausage scramble with a side of taped foot. Eaten in bed on a Saturday morning Oh relaxing.
So about that tape…here comes some injury talk! Booooo.
Anyways I really haven’t talked about it much. I’ve mentioned it, but I’m injured. Yes, again.
Back in October, my heel gave me some trouble the week before my half marathon. I thought it was plantar fasciitis, and it got 90% better within the week. But my ankle still felt….funny. It didn’t hurt, but on every run it just felt weird. Like full or tight or something. Not bad at all though. The pain also sometimes radiated up above my inner ankle along the inner shin bone. I thought I just needed new orthotics. So I got some.
But, like I mentioned in January, my new orthotics didn’t help. In fact, my problems just got worse with them. I cut back on running. I rested. I iced. I’m part of the Injury’s royal court by now, so I know the drill. Finally at the end of January, I had enough and went to a podiatrist.
Diagnosis? Tarsal tunnel syndrome. Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome (of the wrist), but in the ankle.
Prescription? Rest. Wear orthotics/running shoes all day long. Limit walking. Ice. Prescription strength anti-inflammatories. Come back in 4 weeks.
By the end of 4 weeks, I was feeling 85% better. Barely any pain! So I tried a couple treadmill workouts that week. 2-3 miles on the treadmill of running/walking. Took it very easy and slow. And you know what? I felt no pain during activity. But that week it flared up. Super painful. Throbbing at night.
When I went back to the doctor, he told me the same thing: Rest. Wear orthotics. Limit walking. Ice. And now physical therapy.
So that’s what I’ve been doing the past 3 weeks. Physical therapy. Which seems to be helping. But barely. It’s feeling better. But no better than it felt at the end of those initial 4 weeks. And it still definitely hurts often, and always feels funny. It almost always feels full and tight – like there’s something in there that just needs to be stretched out.
So I had another appointment yesterday. And at this point, he wants to boot me up.
He did take x-rays, but I guess nothing was abnormal since he didn’t talk about them.
And I can’t afford an MRI right now. I joke that I’d “be rich!” if it weren’t for all my injuries. You know how much I’ve spent on multiple pairs of new shoes, orthotics, doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, etc? Yeah, you don’t want to know. Neither do I.
Booting would limit all motion of the ankle and the tarsal tunnel. Unfortunately, it would also limit movement of all muscles. Which mean I would lose all strength down there. Seeing as how physical therapy has been focusing on strengthening the ankle and calf muscles around the ankle in order to support the arch better, it seems counterproductive to me. My physical therapist wasn’t happy about this, and I’m having trouble with it as well.
I’m going to see how my ankle/heel feels this weekend/week and then decide. I’ve just been dealing with this thing for almost 6 months now, and I feel like no matter what improvement I get, it comes flaring back again with activity. (Keep in mind even swimming and the stationary bike hurt and bother it).
I’m just sick of injuries!!
- Plantar fasciitis in 2006 (back when I just ran on the treadmill)
- Year-long calf pain following my marathon in 2007
- Knee pain from 2008-current (it got 90% better in 2009 but occasionally still bothers me)
- Oblique/side pain in August 2010 that lasted 3 weeks
- The heel pain in October 2010
- Oblique/side pain in November 2010-end of December (this one was much worse than the first – both sides and even into my back)
My body obviously is not meant for running. Actually, I’m sure it all stems from my feet (which the physical therapist couldn’t get over how much my arches collapse and ankles roll inward).
Fun/Weird fact: I actually have very high arches. My arches just collapse because my feet are so long (size 11), and there’s no support in the middle. Kind of like how a bridge would collapse if there wasn’t a support pole in the center to help keep it up.
Okay, enough injury talk. My sister’s coming into town to visit today and I have to figure out what to do with her!!
Have you ever dealt with an injury (or injuries)? What type?