Pain, worry, and looking on the bright side
Sunday, April 24, 2011
A few weeks ago during my run I had some pain and discomfort in my right foot. Right on the side below my ankle bone was hurting. It was the kind of pain that only really bothers you during exercise and isn't constant. I tried to focus on my form, posture, and stride. I did everything I could think of to alleviate the discomfort. I can't even really call it pain just irritating and definitely noticeable while running. So anyway I took some time off to make sure I didn't really injure myself and then started off running again. Good news the side of my foot wasn't hurting again the bad news is that the pain moved to my arch and now it's no longer discomfort while running it is 24 hour pain.
So now I'm worried. I've looked up foot pain and while I have no medical training or any knowledge I've decided that maybe it's plantar fasciitis but that is usually associated with problems with the heel and it hurts more at the very base of the ball of my foot in the arch area. Sharp, stabbing, stinging pain although there is some heel pain too. Okay so given that it was hurting on the side of my foot first I thought maybe it's PTT (Posterior Tibial Tendonitis). Plantar fasciitis is preferable but I'm just not sure. So I got a wrap and have my foot and ankle supported. I've been treating with Motrin and trying to rest. It hurts even when I walk so I have limited my mobility. Then my brother-in-law's parents were here for Easter and his mom was telling me how his dad has to have surgery because he tore something and his foot has fallen and he's in permanent pain. They are planning on fusing his foot in a permanent "L" shape. She told me how he ignored the pain and now it's that bad so now I'm worried. I'm unhappy about not being able to run or even walk (I take a walk every night after dinner). I'm afraid of gaining weight and losing all my progress especially since I've been eating poorly. Not only that but I'm worried about my foot and I'm afraid I may have really hurt myself or be at a point that without proper treatment I may end up permanently injured. I have no access to medical care and no money to pay for a trip to the doctor. So I'm not sure what to do there.
On the bright side I have realized that I have a sport's injury. Hello a sport's injury!! Me who smoked for over 23 years. Who has been overweight for the last 16 years! I have a sport's injury. HAHA that's really kind of awesome even though it sucks to not be able to run or to participate in my son's high school 5K (to raise money for their sport's program). I wanted to start taking classes at a gym and I was one pound away from making it into the 130's. I have to feel pleased that I was in a position to get a sport's injury but like all injuries this really sucks, it really hurts, and I'm going crazy not being able to exercise. On another bright note it's 90 degrees here and we heated the pool yesterday so today was a beautiful day to swim. I swam back and forth using a kick board for about half an hour. My legs were really tired so I figure that had to have burned some calories. I tried running under water (our pool is on 5' 8" at it's deepest) but it was still too much pressure on my foot. I'm not sure what to do honestly but I have to look on the bright side and brag about my sport's injury.