How is your weekend going? I should be on my way to church, but we got snow on top of ice yesterday. We aren’t going anywhere today!
I thought it would be a good time to fill you in on my foot injury. It started the first week of November. I had gone for a hike that Friday after work. No issues, no tripping, no rolling my ankle. Nothing. When I got home from the hike, I stepped out of my car and my right foot hurt immensely as soon as I put weight on it. That continued most of the weekend while I iced and elevated it as much as possible. First thing Monday, I made a doctor’s appointment for that Friday.
Then each day after that, the foot felt a bit better. So much better that Thursday, it was feeling good enough to try another workout. I stuck to the treadmill because I didn’t want to get stuck out in the woods if the foot started hurting again.
The treadmill was a good call. My foot started hurting again and I had to cut the workout short. Now imagine my surprise when I woke up the next day and my foot had zero pain. It felt fine all morning, so I postponed my doctor’s appointment for the following week.
That night, I tried another treadmill workout. This time slow and flat.
It was perfect! No pain. That Monday, I called to cancel my doctor’s appointment. I really thought I was in the clear. (Famous last words!)
Then tried another treadmill workout, this time with hills, on Tuesday.
This time I felt a twinge of something, but not really pain. Just not awesome like the previous workout. Did some icing and elevating just in case.
The next night, I tried another hills workout on the treadmill.
I had foot pain that started about 20 minutes in. I kept trying to rotate how I was walking on it, but I finally had to just give up. I knew right then and there, I had to get myself in to see a podiatrist.
The next morning I called and was lucky to score an appointment for the following day. Good thing because I was back to pain anytime I put weight on my foot. I was pretty sure I had a stress fracture after having one last year in my fibula on the same foot. I just couldn’t tell where the pain was coming from exactly. Sometimes it hurt on the top of my foot, sometimes it was the bottom.
At my appointment, my doctor did a manual exam and thought it was probably a stress fracture in the 2nd and 3rd metatarsals. He was then able to confirm with x-rays the stress fracture in the 2nd metatarsal, but not entirely sure about the 3rd. He said stress fractures in the metatarsals are hard to see on metatarsals many times, so he went by symptoms as well. So I most likely also had a stress fracture in the 3rd, also. I was immediately fitted with a medical walking boot to wear for 3-4 weeks with a an appointment at the 3-week mark.
Unfortunately, I was out-of-town for work the day before my followup appointment. I was due to drive home that night, but got delayed a day due to bad weather. I ended up staying an extra night to wait out the storm. I had to reschedule my appointment to almost a week later. When I returned to the doctor last week, it was two days short of a total of 4 weeks in the boot. The doctor examined my foot. I was pain-free during the manual exam! He gave me the okay to stop wearing the boot, but with instructions to put it back on for another week if I felt any pain.
That first day, I had a bit of discomfort in my ankle, but I didn’t think much of it since my original pain wasn’t in the ankle. I contributed it to just moving the foot again after almost four weeks of being in the boot. The next day, no more ankle discomfort, but then I was having actual pain on the bottom of my foot. Ugh. Back in the boot I went. I will try going without the boot again this later this week. Fingers crossed I will be pain-free.
Once I have been boot-free for two weeks, I can start slowly hiking, adding distance daily. Another two weeks after that, I can try running intervals. I’m giving myself another two weeks after that before I start registering for 2017 races. I have big plans for 2017 and I need this foot to cooperate!
How is your weekend going?
Any winter weather in your area?