Catchy post title, no? It was either that or Inflammation. I went with confession because well, it’s just more intriguing.
Soooooo….what do I have to confess?
It’s time I came clean to everyone about my running lately. You all know I took a three week break after VCM. I’ve been slowly trying to build up my mileage over the last two weeks.
I admitted that things haven’t been perfect. What I didn’t tell you is that my right foot has still been bothersome. I continued to run on it even though it didn’t feel right. I didn’t have any pain with running, just an ache that was noticeable on the side and around my ankle. No swelling. No bruising. I had convinced myself that it would go away with time. After a run one morning last week that really stunk, I decided it was time. I had enough. I needed to see my sports medicine doctor for an X-Ray. I’ve been hearing/seeing way too many runners with similar issues in a boot from a stress fracture. My biggest fear was the boot. I fear the boot.
I got in the same day that I called for an appointment. X-rays were done first before I saw the doctor. He listened to my story (shoes, blisters, gait altering, marathon training, etc) and began to push and prod trying to reproduce the pain. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Which is something I told him. There’s no tender spot. Just achy spots. However, as he got to the bottom of my foot, the Plantar Fasciitis, there was a slight little tender spot. What? Where did that come from? I haven’t felt anything there at all.
The good new is that my x-ray came out fine. The bad news? I got the generic diagnosis of inflammation of the foot. A very broad diagnosis. So where does this leave me? I walked out of the office with a prescription for Naproxen and an appointment for a gait analysis with a physical therapist. He actually asked me if it was OK for me to not run for a couple of weeks. My response was laughing. He didn’t get it.
So my conscious is clean now. I’m trying to be a good girl and not run. It really sucks since I had big plans for my summer running. It doesn’t look like a 5k or any trail running will be happening just yet. Till this issue is cleared up, I’ll be on my bike and finding other ways to get my runner’s high. Boo.
I’m still stretching my foot, calf and Soleus religiously and have added the Rubz ball as much as possible. Even though I haven’t had any issues with Plantar Fasciitis, I’m not taking any chances. Definitely don’t need to add that to my ailments!
Do you have a confession? Feel free to let it out in the comments. 😉
**Please note that my foot issue is not stemming from testing the Mizuno Wave Sayonara. It was a problem even before I got those. My feet really did feel good running in them!**