Foot injury - stress fracture or soft tissue????
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Last week all of a sudden, out of the blue, I had a terrible pain in the top of my right foot.
It got progressively worse and I could hardly walk. The next day I saw my family doc (mistake!) and she was not very helpful (not having a clue about sports injuries) but sent me for ultra sound and x -ray.
The ultra sound showed significant swelling and x-ray was clear (which is sometimes the case with stress fractures). So no definitive diagnosis (and I'm not prepared to go for a bone scan - just too expensive. Especially when rest is only treatment required in the long run, whatever the injury is).
I then saw a sports doctor(who has lots of road running experience being a multiple IM and Comrades finisher) on Tuesday. She gave me an anti-inflammatory/cortisone shot directly into the most painful area and strict instructions to rest my foot completely (no cycling, swimming, minimal walking) for one week.
I'm also using TransAct patches and Arcoxia tabs (NSAID).
Having follow up consultation on Wednesday. If foot significantly better by then, then injury was/is probably just a soft tissue injury, but if still painful then more likely a stress fracture which will require even more rest. I’m hoping it’s going the soft tissue way!
I must say my foot feels MUCH better today (although something still feels wrong) and last night I eventually managed to have a really good sleep (previously foot throbbing, too uncomfortable and achy).
But still no way I can make up the training I have lost, and I am missing my 32K run this coming weekend. I was also supposed to run a qualifying marathon either end of this month or beginning March for the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon in April, but that is not going to happen now.
So I have scrapped this year’s Comrades in my mind – very disappointing. (Spent weekend feeling very depressed!)
So will shift my focus on losing this excess weight (it really is NOT good to do distance running carrying excess weight!) and improving my speed (want to run a very comfortable sub 2 hr HM) to be in top form for next year instead.
A whole lot of new opportunities are already beckoning me....might get back onto my road bike for a ride on the road (instead of just on the trainer), and also start mountain biking (there's a great ladies group that goes on out-rides in my area).