Free At Last!

Saturday, November 30, 2013
In an effort to explore every possible solution to my foot problem, I decided to make an appointment to see a physiotherapist.  I wasn't sure he could actually do anything for me and I was convinced at this point that the problem was entirely with my shoes, but I figured it couldn't hurt.  

So.... turns out I DON'T have plantar fasciitis.  My doctor's diagnoses a few years ago was incorrect.  I have, instead, a "mechanical" problem with both of my feet.  Seems I have very little range of motion in both of my toes (not surprising giving the arthritis) and my ankles.  Chances are I also probably sprained one or both of my ankles sometime in the past and that added to the problem. Not really sure how; as soon as he said I didn't have PF, I zoned out thinking "yes, this is totally fixable"!  The physio massaged both of me feet, loosening up the muscles and then popped both of my ankles.  Its not as bad as it sounds; just a little pull down on them with a slight "pop" feeling. Think of it just like cracking your knuckles.  To be honest, I didn't notice any difference when I left his office and headed home.  However, when I got up the next morning, I tentatively swung my feet off the edge of the bed and walked across the room.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.

My right calf was a little tight but my feet were loose as a goose.  I can't remember the last time I could walk first thing in the morning without flinching.  This is awesome.

The physio said I did not have to stop running.  Yet.  If this doesn't fix the problem (I have two more appointments coming up this week), then we have to look at something else, possibly my lower back.  Depending on what it turns out to be, I could have to stop but if I'm feeling this great after one session?  I have high hopes.

I had my first run in almost a week today.  I wasn't planning on running today; Sundays are my go-to days but I've been feeling lazy and felt like I should get off my tookus.  I had woken up at 1:45am with a massive charley horse and that calf was still sore this afternoon but I went for it.

Nailed it.

Waiting for the pain and tightness to return at any second, I was tense for most of my run.  However, when I reached my final interval and realized nothing was going to go wrong, I finished strong and happy.  I am beyond pleased with the results from my physio right now.  They thought that I might actually be able to run without this pain/tightness and eventually go further and faster?  Pure joy. And that's what running is supposed to be for me.

In other non-running news?  Tomorrow we're putting up our Christmas tree (yippee!), its all day NFL football, and we're expecting snow!  All in all, I'm having a good weekend.  Doesn't hurt that I had an awesome omelet for breakfast courtesy of Mommikins (and the folks at Ricki's).
Yes, I ate pretty much ALL of that.

2 comments:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

What good news! It must feel wonderful to be able to move freely without pain. Perhaps I should try physio...

Caroline said...

Yummy...Tony made that for me yesterday...I hate running injuries...cant seem to get rid of my knee pain!

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