So I’ve been running for 10 months on sore feet. Did Comrades, did Two Oceans and another 1,200km’s in various training runs and races.
But deep deep down in my heart of hearts I knew that if I address this problem with a healthcare professional I’m going to have to stop running. So I’ve been flitting around between physiotherapists and chiropractors and google.
So I made an appointment with a sport specialist for Monday morning. I still went for two runs on the weekend and run hard and did hill repeats because I knew that it will be my last runs for the foreseeable future.
And I was right – my plantar faciitis is BAD. Plantar faciitis is the inflammation of the hard fibrous band that run from your toes to your heels. When inflamed it feels like knifes being twisted in your heels. Even walking on your toes doesn’t make the pain go away.
So I’m not allowed to run least the end of the year. I’m still silently hoping that it may be quicker in terms of starting again but the scar tissue in my connective tissue under my feet is quite bad and the inflammation is rampant.
So no weight bearing exercises are allowed – that means no running, no walking, no cycling etc. I can swim and run in the pool.
And the treatment? Shock wave therapy – flippin expensive and flippin sore – when he did it the first time my eyes just watered up and I could see the little sweat droplets developing on my legs and that was at level 1 – the machine goes up to level 20!!
And that is me with broken feet. Have learned anything from this – yes but will I listen and act on an injury immediately – no I don’t think so. A runner is just not wired like that.
So I expect a lot of frustration for the next two months. At least Zoe is exceptionally excited because we are going to swim at the gym this afternoon.