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.
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