Monday, October 11, 2010

One Last Bit About My Foot

Alright, I'm going to try and make this the last post I write about my foot issues, mainly because I'm tired of thinking about it. I went to another specialist last week and he gave me a second opinion... which pretty much confirmed the original opinion, which is/was something called posterior tibial tendonitis.

I know what you're probably thinking: "Tendonitis?! Is that it?" Well, thanks to an extensive collegiate swimming career, I've had tendonitis before, mostly in my knees, and this is worse than that. I'm trying to figure out if there's a direct correlation between the shoes I wear, the insoles I wear and the amount of pain I experience. So far, no luck - though I'm starting to believe the custom orthodics that were made for me in June are doing more harm than good.

As long as I'm not thinking about my foot, walking is fine. Standing hurts. Once my foot's on my mind, I find myself trying to adjust my stride in ways that might only be making things worse. I'm hesitant to put any weight on the inside of my right foot, so I wind up rolling far to the outside. I think that's putting additional strain on ligaments higher up on my ankle. It's a vicious cycle.

Anyway, here's the plan. On Friday, I'm going to start working in 2 or 3 runs per week of 2 or 3 miles each. No more, no less. That's just going to have to be enough. If, after a few weeks of this, my symptoms have subsided, I may ramp up and run a few slightly longer runs, but I imagine this pain is just going to be something I'll have to endure for a few hours come December.

The bottom line is this: my foot hurts, it's going to continue to hurt, and it's going to impact my run performance in Busselton, yadda yadda yadda. Now that we've got that out of the way, I can just accept that as fact and adjust my expectations and goals accordingly. Fun times.