The good news: the x-rays did not show any structural problems with my heel and the stress fracture from last fall looks pretty good, too. I'm definitely glad I don't have a break or heel spur. He also said my achilles is nice and loose, which is good (all that stretching I've been doing). After listening to my extensive (but relatively short in time) history of foot problems and not seeing anything on the x-rays, Foot Doc did a sonogram to check for inflamation.
That's where he found something: inflamed ligaments. Apparently I've been doing things the right way so far, but he gave me a few additional options: (1) taping, (2) anti-inflamatory patch that stays on my heel all day/night, (3) ultrasound treatment to decrease inflamation, (4) cortizone shot. I left his office with my foot taped, a perscription for the anti-inflamatory patch and an appointment for Thursday morning for the ultrasound treatment. I'm not quite ready for the cortizone shot but if the patch and ultrasound doesn't work quickly, I'm going to go for the shot. I am so ready to get over this. He also suggested that I use heat in the morning and ice in the evening. This is a bit different from most running injuries which require ice only and sometimes heat can actually do damage. Woody and I talked on Sunday about the use of heat, but I decided to put it off until I talked to Foot Doc and see if it was okay. Sometimes heat can do more damage than good, depending on the injury.
I picked up the prescription this morning, check out how big this box is!
Not sure about this warning label - "may cause dizziness"!
I'm sitting with heat on my foot right now as I type. The diagnosis could have been much worse, but I hope this new plan of action gets to work and does its thing quickly!
After my appointment I came home and made lunch. Had to finish off my eggplant (Woody doesn't particularly like eggplant, so I have to find quite a few uses to finish off one on my own before it goes bad). I found a perfectly ripe avocado yesterday morning at Trader Joe's, and picked up a little bit of cabbage salad from a grocery store around the corner. It looked so pretty and Spring-like! I need to find ways to add cabbage to our menu. Cabbage is a member of the cruciferae family of vegetables, along with broccoli, kale, collard greens, and brussel sprouts. Unfortunately, it seems cabbage is at its best in late fall and winter. Hmmm. Anyway, it is loaded with Vitamins C and K and is also a good source of fiber, manganese, folate, vitamin B6, potassium and Omega-3 fatty acids. It's also packed with phytonutrients. In case you're wondering, here's a look at my delicious lunch:
My tip of the day: become friends with the foam roller. I've been spending a lot of time with one at the gym the last few weeks and I can tell a difference. My legs aren't stiff and my turnover on the bike is so much faster now than it was before. I spent a good 10-15 minutes this morning with the foam roller and worked out a lot of knots. It hurts like crazy while you're using it, but the results are totally worth the pain!
Do you use a foam roller or the stick on a regular basis? Do you take time to stretch?
Workout Stats -
3x10 ea: front arm raise, weighted side bend (each side), bicep curls, hammer curls, lat pull down
lots of stretching