Friday, April 30, 2010

Why do my feet hate me?

At the end of my last post, I mentioned that something was wrong with my foot. I kept hoping that it would miraculously cure itself and in the meantime, didn't run. Well, to be honest, I couldn't run because walking hurt so much! I'm talking very intense pain with each step. But what the heck could I have done? This happened during an easy run!

Yesterday I was still in a lot of pain, but interestingly it didn't hurt while swimming or biking. Okay, time to see a doctor - but who should I go to? A lot of people I know go to a particular PT who is apparently the one you see when no one else can help you. She doesn't just give you exercises, she is passionate about getting to the root of the problem and setting you straight. I got her email address and hoped against all hope that I could possibly see her today.

Unfortunately, she's out of town, but she did email me immediately back with what she thought was wrong with me. Her words, since I would never get this right:

"It sounds like your cuboid bone on the lateral aspect of your foot could be subluxed. When the cuboid subluxes, it will create lateral foot pain and can also create pain up into the lateral lower leg because the peroneal tendon crosses under the cuboid. If cuboid is misplaced, the peroneal muscles cannot function normally. The peroneal nerve runs on the lateral lower leg and if the peroneal muscles are affected and restricting mobility of your fibula, this can cause lateral lower leg pain. "

She said if I can get to a chiropractor they can do a 'snake whip' and I would have immediate relief. Wow, that sounds too good to be true! I got in to see someone this morning and after he did his little thing I DID feel immediate relief. No longer was I walking with stabbing pain. Unfortunately, the area around it still hurts quite a bit. I'm not sure if this is because of the manipulation (it was much more than just a simple little pull on my foot), or something else.

Regardless, uhhhh, I'm supposed to do a race this weekend. Not one that I'm all that concerned about so if my foot still hurts I probably won't do it. If it feels better (I'm icing religiously now as he prescribed) than I'll race. No biggie.

And the PT? She is going to meet with me on Sunday evening to go over everything to try and pinpoint my biomechanical issues that could have caused this. Yes - Sunday evening!! How nice is that?!


Beth said...

Woo-hoo!! Glad you got it figured out! Hopefully the surrounding soreness will subside and you can race this weekend!! But either way, sounds like you got to the root of the problem and can go forward from here on out. Whew! What a great PT!! :)

Unknown said...

yeah - PT's are great!
I can do a cuboid whip if needed when I see you on Wed.
I would say - don't race, not worth making it worse. Are you icing the area & taking some anti-inflammatories???
(just my 2 cents)

Anonymous said...

Unsolicited two cents? I agree with Shana; DON"T RACE! Don't take a chance on further iritating your foot. Give yourself a rest. Especially since you said this race was no biggie. Bri=rest= fater healing!

Rebecca DeWire said...

I think I will fly down to NC to see your PT!!! She sounds amazing to have diagnosed you by email. Glad to hear your foot is feeling better.