No News is Good News

Which means, since I am writing this post, the news is obviously bad.

Yesterday I saw the new foot doctor/sports medicine specialist. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but everything she said (in rocket speaking time as docs seem to do) made some sense, typical doc speak. I went over all the therapies I have done the last year. Blah, blah, blah. She suggested an MRI, to see if there is a tear in the fascia-I’m not going to do this at the moment. She also reccomended a cortisone shot-which she said is very painful and I should take a couple Vicodin before they do it. Of course she doesn’t do them and I would have to wait another week to see someone else in her office because they also have an office in San Francisco and rotate back and forth. I’m not sure if I should do this, but am leaning towards it because I would rather do it sooner than later and am tired of waiting for this thing to improve.

In the meantime, I will be wearing this fabulous fashionable walking boot!
All. The. Time. Or at least for the next four weeks until I see her again.

the ugly boot-i did not sleep in this
the ugly boot-i did not sleep in this

She also made me suggested I get a new night splint that they sell. It’s industrial-strength and sized compared to the other I have. It’s is super uncomfortable! I could only sleep wear it last night for a few hours and feel like I’d be better off in the daytime boot to sleep in, since it’s more comfy. But the night boot stretches the calf, so I will have to persevere. I got used to the first one, I’ll get used to this one too.

not much movement with this thing
not much movement with this thing

In the small doctors office room, that felt like it was 110 degrees inside, Dr. W watched me walk. Then when I sat on the examination table, she looked at my feet and told me I have one leg longer than the other. Doesn’t everyone I asked? Yes, a lot of people do, but it makes a difference when you are running, she said. This is what the foot doc I saw a year ago had said. I think I actually liked him better, as far as demeanor-he didn’t seem like he rushed through the visit. But maybe the bead of sweat on her brow wasn’t from working so fast and just from the overheated room. I was sweating in there as was the student shadowing her. Oh well. She also looked at the X-rays the other doc took last year. She said I had a small heel bone spur, but that shouldn’t be an issue. My thoughts were… that was from a year ago… couldn’t it be bigger now? Guess it doesn’t matter. Huh?

Now that my foot is completely immobile, it is bound to get better… right?


She did say I could continue to ride the bike, as long as it doesn’t aggravate it… I’m actually going to look at bikes this weekend with Tom and I might just buy something this time. I can also do the P90X, just no jumping, etc. I’ll be altering the programs a bit. None of that sounds so inviting or fun at the moment because I am afraid to do any damage and reverse what the boot is doing for me.

When I left her office I sat in my car and cried and called Tom. He is a saint and so supportive, I don’t know what I would do without him. Then I cried on the way home. I cried again when I talked to my girlfriend Lisa. I think it’s a year’s worth of build up that I have held in about this injury. Most importantly, I was crying because the thought of wearing this on my foot for another 4 weeks (or more) with no running scares me that I am going to lose all the fitness I have worked so hard to achieve and I’m going to turn into a giant rolli polli. And that makes me so sad! Why is it so easy to gain weight and so hard to lose it? So not right. So going forward I have to be really strict with my diet.

yep, that's me! stole this from shut up and runs blog
yep, that’s me! (stole this from shut up and runs blog)

NO MORE JUNK FOOD!!! NONE! (commence the tears…)

Serioulsy I think I will be able to manage. The boot hugging my foot is a constant reminder to behave. Then when I’m all better hopefully I won’t be so tempted to partake in all the goodies I love so much.

Maybe the boot will help me ‘kick’ the junk food habit! Ha ha!

So… for the next 4 weeks I’m going to have to get creative here… I’ll need to snaz- up my look (because I’m such a girly girl!) and dress up the ugly boot something like this:

This gives me something to feel excited about. Too bad winter is about over because they have some cute bootie looks.

My foot felt pretty good this morning when I took my shower. But I also know now that one day of good feeling doesn’t mean so much.

In retrospect, and as Tom said last night, I should have gotten this boot right after CIM. Then, maybe I would have been healed by now.

I need to know!!
Have you had a cortisone shot for Plantar Fasciitis? Did it help?
Have you had a cortisone shot for something else? Did that help?


7 thoughts on “No News is Good News

  1. The cartoon totally made me laugh, but so sorry to hear about the latest setback. I can just feel the yearning you have to not have the pain, aggravation, boot, etc. anymore…hopefully soon.

    1. That is a funny cartoon. I still laugh at it. OMG… seeing you write the “latest” setback just reminds me of how this whole past year has been one thing after another. It makes me feel like I’m not supposed to be a runner. I truly hope that is not the case… thanks for being a loyal reader!

  2. I’m so sorry to hear this. I was in a boot last year for about 6 weeks for a broken foot. Such a bummer. It sounds like you are very active and will come up with some creative upper body workouts. I did tons of pushups and weight lifting for my upper body and some leg work. The boot will help you heal quicker. So sorry. . . but the good news is I have since run a half marathon and just signed up for the CIM this year. It’s worth it to take the time to heal correctly and completely – frustrating, yes, but worth it. 🙂

    1. You are totally right! I’m glad you are back to running. It’s encouraging to hear other’s stories. I have to remember that. Yes, I will have a strong upper body by the time I’m out of this boot! 🙂
      Good luck with CIM. I ran it last year… it was a wet one!

  3. Sorry to hear your bad news. I broke my foot on December 1 and waited two-and-a-half months before I could run. I did lose fitness, but it’s coming back quickly now that I’m running again. I found that swimming helped – could you try that? Also, despite sitting around all the time and eating, I only gained 100g in the five weeks that I had plaster on my foot.
    Try to stay positive and think about the fact that the boot is helping you to heal. It won’t be as bad as you think.

    1. I hope you are right! I am trying so hard to stay positive. It’s hard to remember that it will get better when it hurts and feels like it never will. Patience is what I need.
      Thanks for your support!

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