Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tootsie Update

I have been taking it a little easy on the feet. I was scheduled to do 4 on Tuesday and actually did a super easy 3.25 on the treadmill with a pair of New Balance that I have tested once before. I think they were okay, although I have some bunion area blisters that are just inflamed now, and probably the whole area is a little swollen. It's going to be hard to tell much about fit while they are hurting, especially since I had to wear other shoes all day in a meeting after running. The NB shoes did not give me any arch pain ~ hallelujah ~ but this might have been too short of a run for a good test.

I am itching to do the scheduled 7 today to see if they are going to hold up, but I think I am going to give it another day to calm down and heal a little.

I spoke with some runner friends while I was gone and several think that I might have plantar fasciitis, although if I do, it is certainly not a typical case. This pic from Wikipedia (world renowned medical journal that it is) shows the breakdown of where people have pain. Mine is mostly through the arch but also sides and ankle become painful after awhile. None of the more typical heel pain. I have been reading quite a lot on this and decided, even sans diagnosis, the treatment modalities are not going to be detrimental, might as well give them a try. So, I am continuing anti-inflammatory use and have added in some stretching techniques.

I'm a little nervous to tackle a long run again, but I figure I need the information. I am not quite ready to go to a podiatrist, but that is definitely on the short list if I continue to have problems as I work through different shoes. I saw somewhere that New Balance has a shoe specially made for plantar fasciitis. That could be a possibility.
Thanks everybody, for your kind thoughts, well-wishes, advice, encouragement, healing vibes, sympathy pains, Hail Mary's and the like. You are some really neat folks ( or Homeslices -- somebody needed to say it while Marcy is gone) !! I'm so lucky to have all this support...


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Isaiah 40:31 "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

14 comments:

Bill Carter said...

Nancy

From what I understand of plantar fasciitis it can certainly manifest in a lot of different ways. I do know that you should not cause any long term damage to your feet by running....it will probably just hurt. But we are runners (and by default really super tough) so we will find a way to make it work.

I do think it is probably a good idea to take it easy for a while. Short term loss, long term gain. You still have 7 and a half weeks until Des Moines.... Hang in there in the meantime.

Bill

Single said...

Good luck--sounds like you have a plan. Rest is ALWAYS a smart thing to do!

kate said...

Great verse, Nancy. I think I needed to be reminded of that one myself today. Hang in there with your foot pain. I had the same sort of thing earlier in the year although the pain centered more in the ball of my foot. Like Bill said, if it is PF you can usually run through it without causing permanent damage. Sometimes it just takes time and expermienting to find what works.

If it's really causing you trouble, wouldn't hurt to see a doc, just to be on the safe side.

Tom@RunnersLounge said...

Let's hope you're turning a corner and there will be some comfortable running in the next few days.

I'm not a doc but the way you describe the pain, it's not PF. It's a different pain.

You've got a lot of followers of your foot health...

Michelle said...

hang in there, Homeslice!!!! ;-)

Patty said...

Is your NB a motion control shoe? That was what was recommended to me when I went in a couple of years ago after getting a DX of PF.

I am glad you are listening to your body.

Unknown said...

Homeslice??? Does that mean we are your homies? I always wanted a homie. :) I sure hope that you will get over the foot pain. As you know I know. That verse has always been one of my favorites.

I know it is hard but from recent experience, a week may help. :(

Ian said...

I hope that your foot/ankle heals up quickly. If the pain persists I wouldn't push it too much, but let us know how it goes and if you're able to get that 7 miler in.

Marcy said...

LMAO Nancy! Thanks for holding down the fort!

Man, I was hoping to come back to see your foot issues disappear. But I agree with the rest of the bunch, take er easy. ((HUGS)) I know how frustrating this nonsense can be. Sending some more healing vibes your way :)

kate said...

Nancy: for pain in the ball of my foot (it was only in the left), first I had an x-ray to make sure it wasn't a stress fracture. When the x-ray came back clean I saw a podiatrist who determined that my shoes were too narrow. She told me that since my feet swell towards the end of my long runs, my already too narrow shoes were contrsticting the bones in my feet, causing actual nerve damage! New WIDE shoes and time has mostly done the trick and I seem to be back to normal. I make sure to stop about half way through my run and check the laces to make sure they're not too tight.

While I was sitll in a lot of pain back in the spring, I used to sit at my desk at work and roll my foot on a golf ball. I also had a frozen water bottle handy to roll my foot on as well.

I don't know any of this will help or not. Luckily for me it was just a matter of shoes. Good luck!

Moon said...

oh, your poor, poor feet :( I really hope you get things sorted out soon, the pain sounds awful! Make sure you take things easy, yes?

Scott McMurtrey said...

wiki is infallible.

i like that you're playing it safe. just a month ago and this comment would have said "screw any pain and go go go go!" but my own inability to go go go go has left me less pushy. :)

hope those new shoes help.

Amy@RunnersLounge said...

Here's to another day of rest and the NB shoes. The weather is even pulling for you - hope you can get out and enjoy it this weekend!
Amy
http://blog.runnerslounge.com

Sarah Thompson said...

hang in there, Homeslice!!!! ;-)