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11/25/09 1:10 P

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Thank you, Dani! Happy Thanksgiving!!
Janet

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11/25/09 1:03 P

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Well i am glad you are getting some answers and starting to fix this! hang in there girl!

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11/24/09 8:12 A

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I had the problem checked out, and based on its specific location and symptoms, it's now thought to be some sort of inflammation in the joint between my second metatarsal and my intermediate cuneiform bone. It's being treated with prolotherapy. I had my first session yesterday, and they think it will take 1-2 more. I'll probably be able to run again after my next session. I don't have a date for that yet because they are more concerned about my neck than my foot. My neck is almost always stiff, and I thought it was just tension, but they are checking it out. I had it xrayed yesterday to rule out arthritis. I will also be getting physical therapy for it. I'll let you know when I resume running. Thank you all for your support and concern!

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11/9/09 3:16 P

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just read through this, glad to hear you are going to get the footsie checked out... hope it is good news - fingers crossed!

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11/9/09 10:18 A

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I'll start to get some answers tomorrow.
I'll keep you posted.

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11/9/09 9:56 A

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Let us know what you find out?

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11/8/09 7:08 P

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Thank you all very much!

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11/8/09 5:37 P

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Sounds like you have great advice, but want to wish you well and a speedy recovery!!

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11/8/09 1:26 P

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Thanks, all, for your advice and concern. I really appreciate it.

I will get all the tests and see what needs to be done.

I like biking very much when the weather is okay,and I do a lot of it in spring and summer, but it's not very pleasant to be out biking when there's a cold wind blowing. I live outside D.C., and it gets pretty cold in winter.

There are regular cycling classes given in the gym at work, but my daily schedule has been unpredictable for the last few months, so I have to exercise when I can. I don't know that my scheduling issues are going to change much in the near term.

I will try to figure out what to do. I just don't want to lose too much ground, weight or fitness-wise.

Congratulations, Aspenjules, on being able to get back into running.

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11/8/09 11:18 A

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Janet - I know it's frustrating to have to wait, but try to look at this as an opportunity to try something new. Does cycling bother your foot? what about swimming?

I'm just really getting back into running after a leg injury (wrenched knee and badly sprained ankle) last April and had to be creative on my exercising in the meantime. Interestingly, I discovered I really enjoy the cycling as well.

Good luck and I hope your docs are able to help you recover quickly.

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11/8/09 9:48 A

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Janet,

For what it is worth, many times conventional x-rays will not pick up stress fractures so you may need the more involved test such as a bone (DEXA-scan). The reason, stress fractures are really teeny-tiny hairlike cracks in the bone (kinda like pottery where the glazed is cracked-you can't see if from far away but upon further inspection it's there).

I hope you feel better soon and know that once you have your answer you will be able to come up with a plan.

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11/8/09 9:41 A

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Thank you both.

I'm considering what's best to do. The doctor that I'm waiting weeks to see (unless there is a cancellation)is a physiatrist without whom I probably wouldn't be walking today. Where other doctors have thrown up their hands, he keeps on going, with good results. And he's got the whole picture.

On the other hand, I also have a podiatrist who fits me for orthotics, and I could probably get in to see him faster, but I have other issues, and he doesn't have the whole picture. (I have a small leg length discrepancy and a history of ligament issues.) I also have a primary doctor who could arrange to have me x-rayed on short notice.

My tentative plan is to go to my primary doctor within a couple of days so I can get my foot x-rayed, see what else she has to say, and then hope my physiatrist has a cancellation soon, so I can go with my x-rays and any other tests in hand. I ran that by my physiatrist yesterday by email, and he is okay with the plan. He also suggested a bone scan if the x-ray isn't conclusive. Once I see him, he might have specific recommendations for the podiatrist, as he has in the past. Isn't it nice to be able to email your doctor?

Convoluted, I know. Meanwhile, I'm not running, which is kind of frustrating to me, and I was wondering how long it might take to get back to it. I've worked hard to get where I am, and I would hate to have to start over again from the beginning.

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11/7/09 11:13 P

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Janet,

That was the first thing I was thinking of when you mentioned the location and the pain. Definitely get it checked out and of course no running. You may want to ice, just to relieve some of the swelling and inflammation, but it won't speed the recovery.

As to how long it may take to heal??? Well, some people will see improvements in 6-8 weeks as the bone regeneration process takes that long, however, if you have a history of osetopenia the precursor to osteoporosis, it may take even longer.

Not too sure if you know who Deana Kastor is but she is the fastest American woman marathon and in the Beijing Olympics she suffered a stress fracture of her toe and she just ran her first marathon (Chicago) last month...that was roughly 15 months later.

Here's to a SpeedyRecovery!!!

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11/7/09 11:03 P

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I'm glad you are going to see someone about it, but is there any possibility of getting that appt moved up in time? If it is a stress fracture, and you continue to run with it, it could end up being an actual fracture. Better to rest it now, and not run until after you see your doctor.

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11/7/09 10:54 P

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My right foot has been bothering me for a few weeks when I run, or more precisely, after I run. My shoe starting feeling painful in one spot, so I have been trying different ways of lacing it. It's right over one of my metatarsal bones, and it swells after I run and remains painful for several days. Any pressure on it, including a snug sock, can increase the pain. I've backed off of running a bit, but as soon as I start up again, the pain returns.

From stuff I read on sports medicine sites this morning, it seems like it might be a stress fracture.

Does anyone have experience with stress fractures in that area? I have an appointment with a doctor, but it's still a few weeks away. Any idea how long I may have to stop running?

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