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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.
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    I have done that!
    2817 days ago
    That hurts just reading about your pain. I am so sorry.


    2941 days ago
    sending healing hands your way.....

    2944 days ago
    Hopefully it's nothing serious. I love your outlook that it's a sports injury!

    Healing thoughts being sent your way!
    2947 days ago
    You have a great attitude. That will get you far!
    2947 days ago
  • SBATES63
    My heart is with you, former running mate! I hope the foot clears up but you are doing the right thing. Ice, Compression, Elevation and Motrin usually help but it might take some time. Set yourself up a swimming program for the time being. I am sure there are underwater exercises on the internet for you to do instead. They swim injured race horses back to strength because there is no stress on the joints under water. Good luck and keep us posted.
    2948 days ago
    Are you new to running? If so, you might have done too much too soon. That happened to me. I had tons of issues, but worked through 'em. Definitely had to take a step back. emoticon
    I am at it again .. slower and not as long, but I am doing it.

    I know for me, alleviate my legs/ankles definitely help too.

    Hoping you feel better soon.
    2948 days ago
    Is there no free or low cost clinic you could go to?
    At least you can swim.
    2948 days ago
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