up until about a week ago, i prided myself in that i haven’t had an injury that has prevented me from physical activity. sure i’ve been sore, stiff and achy. but that’s pretty standard. last wednesday after my 5 mile run, my L foot was on fiah! it hurt to walk so i took friday off from running. thursday i did my p90x routine and was fine. saturday i decided to burn through my planned 10k ‘practice’ run, in preparation to the 10k turkey trot on thanksgiving. it was okay the first 2 miles but the last 4.2 it burned. i iced it and just figured it was a muscle problem. later i googled my problem and found out that it could be a bone spur.
sunday came and it was more swollen and almost looked bruised. i did a little more research and here’s what i found:
Pain in one of the long thin bones that run along the top of your foot and attach to your toes (the metatarsals). There may be a little redness or swelling, and if you touch this area the pain will practically knock you over. Press along the shaft of the bone toward the outside and then toward the inside, and you feel a stabbing pain.
The metatarsals can be broken or bruised under the stress of running, particularly for long distances. You’re running harder and longer than your feet are able to take.
This is not a do-it-yourselfer. Stop running and see a podiatrist or an orthopedist immediately. Under a doctor’s care, you should be back to running in about six weeks.
my pain isnt bad enough that it can knock me over, but it does hurt. i found an office near my house and set up an appointment for this morning. the xrays didnt show a stress fracture, but it can take a few weeks for those to appear on an xray.
so now i can’t run for atleast 3 weeks and i need to stay off my foot as much as possible. great. oh, and i have to wear a boot! i’m very upset about this. i was planning an 18 mile run this saturday. however, i am a little curious to try biking and see how i like that for exercise. i think this will force me try other activites that i wouldnt have done otherwise.