An Update on the Injuries

4 Aug

As you might have read, I somehow pulled a muscle in my right hip a few weeks ago while running. I’m also having pain in my left foot from an unknown cause. Both of these injuries have halted my training for at least the last month. I’ve gained a lot of weight, and I feel like a lazy fatty. (side note- must read Operation Beautiful immediately to stop the “fat talk”)

I went to a walk-in clinic in town the other day because my brand new primary care doctor couldn’t fit me in for a few weeks. I was largely disappointed with the whole experience. The nurses were loud and obnoxious. Mine even announced my weight loud enough I’m sure people in the next town heard. They didn’t even ask what was wrong with me until I was in the exam room for over 10 minutes. She referred to something as “retarded”. I thought medical staff would be a bit more sensitive to terms like that.

The physician’s assistant came in, asked me questions, and then played around with my foot. Since I didn’t scream in pain to anything he did, he basically dismissed it but said I should see a podiatrist. Then he checked my range of motion with my hip. Nothing was too painful there either. It only hurt when he crossed my right leg over my left leg. I told him it was a muscle, but he ordered an x-ray. Last time I checked, x-rays were for bones.

The x-ray technician was beyond rude and got very snippy with me when she questioned if I was pregnant. I kept saying “no”, and she kept saying “are you sure?” and got snottier each time.

They looked over the x-rays. Nothing wrong.

So I left with no diagnosis and 2 really great pain prescriptions.

So I came home tonight and did some research myself. I’ve self-diagnosed myself with Plantar Fasciitis, which can be caused by overuse (running) and improper shoe support. This makes total sense to me. I obviously was running a lot, and I’ve been wearing new flats with basically no support. Plus, I have an unusually high arch. The arch of my foot hurts a lot in the morning when I get out of bed, and it’s tough to plant my whole foot on the floor and walk. It gets better throughout the day though. I talked to Jeff tonight about it, and he said he had it when he was younger.

My only problem is that I can’t find any information on how long it will take to heal. Marathon training is being put off until the pain is gone! I don’t think the disappointment of this has hit me yet, but when it does, I will most certainly be crying.

In other news, this arrived today…


This wonderful book arrived just in time for my Chicago trip to the Healthy Living Summit. The author, Caitlin Boyle, will be at the Summit so I can get an autograph! 🙂

Well, kiddos. It’s that time again… bedtime!

Edited to add- I should add that my running shoes are fine. I was fitted from them. It’s been the flats I’ve been wearing to work which have been caused this.


13 Responses to “An Update on the Injuries”

  1. Julia August 5, 2010 at 12:06 am #

    I don’t know what to say. It’s going to sound horrible but don’t feel alone in your doctor’s visit – I have had many similar experiences (unfortunately.)

    If you think you may have Plantar Fasciitis, maybe it would be good to see a podiatrist. (BTW, I was having similar pain/discomfort while I was training on the C25K program.)

    Don’t cry. . . sit down, read Operation Beautiful and know that you are amazing, you did nothing wrong, and you’ll be back on track soon.


  2. Rhiannon August 5, 2010 at 6:57 am #

    Go to Lou’s Bootery, they sell awesome inserts and I’m sure they can help. I have the opposite problem (Well I have a lot of foot issues but in this instance) I have Fred Flintstone feet. Seriously flat. The ones I got (I was sent there by a podiatrist, but they still knew what they were talking about in there) were uncomfortable at first but after a week or so of wearing, made a HUGE improvement.

    And as for your Primary, you should look into Milford Medical Associates. There is 5 doctors and a PA so they can typically get you in that day or the next. There is only one Doctor there I’m leery to see, but should you decide to go there I will let you form your own opinion.

    Good luck and keep your head up!!

  3. cg August 5, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    PF takes, I think, time primarily. I went to a podiatrist and a soft-tissue sport guy (amazing!) for mine. I was able to keep training through most of it but not at the same distances.
    One home-remedy recommendation – get a lacrosse ball and keep it under your desk at work. Roll your arch on it a few times a day. (Soft tissue sports guy recommended this and it’s been a big help.)

  4. Heather August 5, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    When I was having hip trouble I went to a sports orthopedist – try to find one in your area.

    Hope things start to feel better – it is sad to not be able to run!

  5. Stacy August 5, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    I would definitely try to find a podiatrist, esp. if you can find one that deals with sports injuries. As odd as it may sound, sometimes hip pain can even stem from a foot injury. I was in constant foot pain prior to seeing a foot doctor — to the point that I thought I was going to have to drop out of a race I had trained for last spring. One pair of custom orthotics later and I am a different runner — completely pain free. He was even able to give me a list of shoes that he recommended for running, and now I am supposed to go once a year for my “foot physical.” Also, if its any encouragement my mom had plantar fasciitis and it got better relatively quickly (she also went to a podiatrist) with proper rest & care. I’m sure you will be back into the swing of things in no time. 🙂

  6. jessey August 5, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    I had Plantar Facsitis this past spring – I have very flat feet and it started after I pulled out my flats for the spring. I also had just started working out and I stopped after 2 weeks (and guiltily have not resumed because the one time I tried, I felt like it was coming back) I did get shoes with more of an arch and did get orthotics (just the cheepies at the pharmacy). It has gotten better….Though we’ll see what happens when I start working out again (whenever that is!)

    I’ve also had bursitis in my hips before – But I got it more from sleeping on really bad foutons.

    I hope you feel better soon!

  7. Tracy August 5, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    No fun, I’m sorry.

    There’s a great article in the Sept Runner’s World about injuries and the psychological effects.

  8. Tiffany August 5, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    I dealt with the same pain in my foot last winter and now get to deal with heal pain instead of arch pain. If you were to go see any sort of specialist they would all say the same thing that I know you REALLY don’t want to hear. Stop running. I would stop running for a month and see if it gets better. If the pain goes away in a month start slowly running again and see how it goes.

    If you try to start running again and it still hurts you should go see an orthopedic surgeon or a podiatrist but make sure they specialize in athletes not just regular people who have foot problems.

  9. Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen August 6, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    My husband is plagued with plantar faciitis. One of his therapies is to roll his foot back and forth on my rolling pin. (not the most appetizing thought, I know)

    I see you are registered for HLS. I was on stand-by, but got my notice last week that I am in. Looking forward to it.

  10. Angela (the diet book junkie) August 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

    yikes! sorry to hear those doctors sucked. i know what it’s like to be out with an injury and it’s pure TORTURE!! actually we’re in the same boat: i’m supposed to be training for my first half as we speak, but my quad hasn’t allowed me to run in over a month. well, right now i can run about 2kms. i can build that to 21 over the next 5 weeks…right???

    good luck to you and have fun in Chicago!

  11. Cassie August 10, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    Oh no sweetie! That experience sounds just awful. It’s so hard to find a good doctor with an excellent staff-I hope your new doctor is much better than the urgent care staff 🙂

    I’ll have to check into that book!

  12. Christy August 11, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    Guy’s brother has pf after a car accident (his foot got caught between the floor and the e-brake peddle) he says he’s fine if he wears good shoes but one day in bad shoes sets him back and has to wear his orthodic insoles again. try soaking in epsom salts to take the soreness out.


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