My plan to rest my foot last week went a bit awry. I did my 1 mile (turned into 2 miles) test run last Tuesday and it did not go well. The next day the arch of my left foot was still uncomfortable. I surrendered and made an appointment with the podiatrist. I also set up a short consultation with a massage therapist. As the week progressed I decided not to try my planned longer run on Friday and I also dropped out of running the half marathon I had scheduled to race on Sunday. Since my appointment was on Monday I didn’t want to jack up my foot too much before seeing the doctor.
2 weeks of foot pain is a serious downer. And everyone has a different diagnosis of why I might be suffering. So of course I Googled them all. I began trying everything Google suggested I do to make my foot stop hurting. I rested, rolled, stretched, iced, heated and medicated. One suggestion that really seemed to turn things around was paying close attention to my calf and massaging, rolling and stretching it out. I did this for 4 days and each day my foot was feeling progressively better.
A trip to the doctor for a definitive answer and treatment plan was the next step. After seeing the podiatrist and getting an x-ray it has been determined that my pain is not a fracture or break, but rather soft tissue. The plan is to do what I have already been doing, which is fine by me. I will religiously warm up, do my stretches, ice and slowly add on time/distance to my runs as I feel comfortable. I may also try running in a shoe with a little more stability.
Today I will attempt to run a few miles on the treadmill and see how my foot feels. I hope to be back to my 20-25 miles per week routine sooner than later.