Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Week?

Anytime I think I'm having a rough year, I'm going to remind myself about Joe Paterno.  He went from having the most stable job in the world 4 months ago, to scandal --> resigning --> fired --> cancer --> dead.  In just over three months.  Now that's what I call hitting a rough patch. 

I went to a podiatrist-orthopedist yesterday to get my right foot checked out.  They took some xrays to rule out a bone fracture, and they came out clean.  There are two tendons that start outside of the ankle and wrap around the bottom of the foot.  One of those is causing some swelling for some unknown reason.  This inflammation is quite painful just walking around the house all day, I mentioned it briefly in the last couple of posts because I didn't want it to be a big deal.  I don't think that it is a huge problem, but we'll see.

The first treatment option is ice, advil, and rest.  No running for 7-10 days, and I have to wear supportive shoes around the house.  Well, since I work from home I'm normally barefoot all day.  The naturalist in me that wants to wear minimal running shoes for runs less than 10 miles doesn't want to wear supportive shoes all day.  Barefoot runners would say that the foot naturally knows the best way to heal up and I need to go see the chiropractor.  I tend to agree.

I can still swim and bike during the weeks' rest, and yoga/strength work is good too.  Swimming will aggravate the tendon if it is anything worse than an inflammation, so that's a good test.  If it hurts after swimming then something is more wrong.  If I'm still having problems after 7-10 days the doc wants me to come back in for an MRI.  There could be a slight tear in one of the tendons that could be treated by wearing a boot for six weeks, or it might have to be surgically repaired.  But first I'm going to try the easy approach, not running for seven to ten days. 

Not running is naturally not that good when you have another marathon coming up in three weeks.  I"m just going to do what I can and take what I can get.  At least I'm not having as bad a time as JoePa.

She's such a camera hog.

 But hey, when you got it, flaunt it right?

They got some new costumes from the Kids Exchange recently.  They love them (Stitch and Buzz Lightyear), and it's too cute not to post a picture of.

Just being goofy with Bigun.

17 comments:

Lisa said...

best wishes with your foot. like you said, things could definitely be worse. i've been reminding myself of the same thing - if the worst problem i have right now is that i can't run, life is pretty darn good.

{will run for margaritas} said...

I hope your foot/tendon feels better soon! Keep us posted as you try out other activities (swimming). I'm praying for a speedy recovery - especially since you have a marathon coming up.

I love all of the pictures and fun costumes. They are SO cute!!

Viper said...

I'm happy to hear you're not buying into that advice about wearing supportive shoes around the house. Hope you recover fast. Cheers!

Kim said...

praying for a quick heal john! and subbing biking for running should keep you on the right track for that marathon.

Karen said...

well, bummer... Here's hoping it is something simple that a week off will cure! Like you said, it isn't Joe Pa serious. :)

it's all about pace said...

I hope you are back on your (healthy) feet soon

Al's CL Reviews said...

Hope your foot recovers quickly!

Alisa said...

Hoping for speedy recovery. Follow those doctor's orders, you don't want the BOOT, trust me!

Hugh Jass said...

I hope the 7-10 helps and you get to do that next marathon.

Doug said...

I had to quit going barefoot around the house to help an ankle problem. Even to the point of putting on my shoes to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. It definitely helped. Do whatever it takes to avoid the boot. You would hate that.

Katie said...

I have to say, getting the sfx all-clear is always a relief, no matter what is going on. get those legs up and I hope for speedy healing!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I hope taking a week off cures your foot problem!! Fingers crossed it isn't anything more serious!

joyRuN said...

Enjoy the swim/yoga time! And you've got excellent fitness at this point - you should be fine for your marathon.

Ironman By Thirty said...

Take it easy on that foot! Hope it heals up quickly and you can get back to running.

joyRuN said...

PS - tagged you. Come play.

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

Get well soon! At least you can still swim and bike! Make sure you take care of yourself!

Colleen said...

Ewwwww... that foot stuff doesn't sound good. I guess it's a good time for it to happen... after the IM and marathon. But is still sucks. Rest that bad boy up!!!

You and the girls look like you have a lot of fun!