Originally posted on: May 29, 2013
Let’s back up a little bit.
After the Miles for Mills 5K on Monday, I knew that I had hurt my left Achilles – probably a strain or some tendonitis, nothing too serious.
However, the way it was feeling wasn’t the kind of pain that I was used to from Achilles tendonitis or a strain and it got me worried.
I am not crazy about going to see the doctor, it usually means that something bad is going on. So I called and asked to see the doctor that afternoon and they were able to get me in at 4:00 PM.
The doc kidded around with me, saying he had seen me more in the last 2 weeks than he had in the previous 2 years and a few other good-natured sarcastic comments.
I explained what happened and he checked out my Achilles. After doing some tests and checking my tolerance of pain, he told me he thought that I had a really bad case of Achilles Tendonitis and due to the blood that was pooling at the bottom of the foot, that had probably also done some micro-tears of the Achilles.
I have a lot of respect for my doc and his opinions. So when he told me he wanted me to wear an air cast for at least a week and if there was ANY pain after a week, to wear it for another week.
These recommendations seemed reasonable and were inline with what I sort of expected. Then he shocked me by saying that I could start easy running a week after I took off the air cast. I agreed to do what he recommended without any whining or complaining.
He also offered me some pain meds, because on the pain scale, it was a 7 or 8 and I was having significant problems walking on it. I don’t like taking meds, unless I really have to, so I refused. Which was probably a mistake, because last night I got maybe 2 hours of sleep because of how bad the foot felt. However, if I take pain meds, I tend to do more than I should, so the pain is a way to slow me down.
The doc also agreed that my left hip issue was probably bursitis and discussed that if my left hip continues to bother me that he recommended to have a cortisone shot in 2-3 weeks. Hopefully, the bursitis calms down enough to not have to worry about it, with my current no running status.
Right after lunch today, I was finally able to get my walking air cast on and while I was skeptical about what kind of difference it would actually make. Just having my leg immobilized made a huge difference and I haven’t felt the need use any pain-killer for the past few hours.
Getting my legs right and ensuring that I do this rehab correctly, is too important for me to screw it up. I need to be able to start training again as soon as possible, to be ready to being my Marine Corp Marathon Training the beginning of July.
I did think it was a little funny, that after I left the doctor’s office this afternoon, I also got my appointment to see a specialist next Monday, about why my right foot gets so painful after running 5-6 miles. Right now, this is the least of my problems. I would happily trade to only having this issue and still be able to keep running, but I will walk in on my crutches and air cast on and then have them look at my other foot, explaining that should be interesting.
Oh well things are progressing and I still believe that training for the Marine Corps Marathon is still well within my reach. I just have to get through the next few weeks and not be stupid about things.
I know that some of you disagree with my decision to competitively run the Miles for Mills 5K, but even with what I know today, I would still make the same choices. It was important to me to do that and while this problem with my left Achilles has been inconvenient to say the least, but I will heal.