Monday, May 19, 2008

Heal Heel!

This afternoon I went and saw a Dr. about my persistent foot pain. He's a top notch physical therapist recommended to me by my sister. It was a bit of drive to see him (he's out in Hillsborough) but I knew I wanted to go to someone who not only knew what he was talking about, but was in tune with running - and he was all of these.

I was honestly expecting him to tell me that I have a heel spur or something equivalent and that I would need to give it some more rest, get into some good orthotics and away we go. Apparently, I should stick to my day job instead of moonlighting as a doctor because that's not what he thought at all. He watched me run and poked and prodded my heel and determined that it probably had nothing to do with plantar fasciitis. If it were a heel spur he said I would still have the classic symptoms of pf like severe pain in the morning. In fact, my foot feels the best in the morning. And saddest of all, for the 30 seconds I ran for him, my foot hurt. Pretty bad.

He thinks it could be a stress fracture or stress reaction. I was a bit floored by this because in all my years of running, I have never had a stress fracture. I've never even broken a bone my entire life. He suggested I get an x-ray, which can sometime show a stress fracture (but not always), so I'll be making another appointment with a sports orthopedist. If nothing shows up, I'm not so sure I'll go to the next step which would probably be a bone scan, but he assured me if nothing showed up I am not crazy. I guess we'll go from there. So in summary, not what I wanted to hear. I have no idea when I'll be able to run again.

In other news, Tassie had a tick on her last night - another new experience for us. She was good and let me hold her while Marty tweezed the little sucker out. We put it in a baggie and then tried to determine if we managed to get the head out or if it was still lodged in her. We think we got it, and she seems no worse for the wear


Beth said...

Bummer about the foot. I know this is going to sound crazy but sometimes something like a stress fracture or stress reaction is a better situation than soft tissue injury in that once the stress fracture heals up (and you usually know in x amount of weeks you are good to go) it generally won't give you any trouble. Soft tissues injuries though...they just last a life time. Either way, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you that you will be back to running pain free soon!

Courtenay said...

I am so bummed for you! I hope it's not a stress fracture. I actually had multiple stress fractures in both of my heels back in 2000, I got them because I had no idea how to train and basically went out every day and tried to PR and masked pain signals with lots of advil. Stupid. I aqua-jogged for a year and wound up leaving running for other things until this past year, and now thanks to proper training I have had no problems.

Anyhow I *hope* you get the best possible prognosis (that's the word right? i am quite ignorant of medical terms, the stress fractures were the only big-deal thing that has ever happened to me and i hate medical dramas on tv!)

m said...

Hopefully it's not a stress fracture. I hope you can find out what it is and start healing soon!

Cooper has had a good number of ticks on him. We've found that it helps to gently wiggle it from side to side as your tweezing it out (if that makes any sense). They are gross little things--when you pull them out they start wiggling around. Yuck! At least they will be easy to find on her with that short haircut and light colored fur.

kathy frailing said...

Hang in there Bri. The good news is that if it is a stress reaction/fracture, it'll likely heal faster than PF! I'm not a doctor but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night. Hee hee
hang in there!