Injury Updates

I have a running blog and have failed to talk about my personal running all week.  I even went for a (painless) run.  This is going to be a giant pile up of everything that has happened to me relating to my foot.  Maybe it will make sense, maybe not…I’m just going to ramble about what I know (and probably what I don’t).

I guess I’ll start from the beginning of the week though because it’s not sunshine and butterflies.  On Monday I got my fourth deep tissue massage.  It was painful and unenjoyable.  It was more painful than my cortisone shot.

I don’t know much about adhesions or weird things that happen in feet and muscles.  I do know how to use the internet to google things though.  I also know that the masseuse found an “adhesion” in my foot.  After poking and prodding, my foot spasmed out and then cramped worse than anything I have ever experienced.  I have a high pain tolerance but I can honestly say this was more painful than both the cortisone shots as well as a spinal tap.

It was brutal.

I took the next day off of working out and then attempted to run on Wednesday.  It felt okay.  My foot pain was not as strong as when I stopped running a few weeks ago.  A few hours later it was a bit more painful. I stretched and went away.  Honestly I was hoping all of my pain was from that adhesion my masseuse had worked out on Monday.

I just remained the same level of sore as previously.  It felt exactly the same whether I had run or not.  I can walk normally, my gait cycle wasn’t effected and after I stretched I felt fine.  There was no sharp pain.  It just felt…sore.

On Thursday I went to the doctor and we discussed everything. 

This is exactly what I told him.  

My foot doesn’t hurt more in the morning.  It doesn’t hurt really at all, it’s just a dull ache in my arch.  It hasn’t gotten any worse in the last month and only a little bit better.  I don’t think it’s plantar fasciitis.  It doesn’t hurt to walk or move.

The boot doesn’t help me and if anything it aggravated a lot more.

The cortisone shot didn’t work.

Resting didn’t make it any worse (obviously) but it didn’t magically cure it either.  Running didn’t make it worse.  For a brief period of time (think 1 hour) it felt a little more sore and then it went back to it’s usual self after I stretched.  It doesn’t alter my gait cycle and I don’t feel it while running.

Where does this leave me?

To be honest, I don’t know.  It’s becoming increasingly clear that I don’t have plantar fasciitis.  (The only reason we suspected PF was because it was in my plantar fascia and arch). I have a problem in the arch but no one can tell me what that problem is.  Is it soft tissue damage still healing from the adhesion?  Are there more adhesions waiting to be flushed out?

In reality, I think only an MRI will be able to tell me my exact problem.  After getting an X-ray from the doctors yesterday I was cleared to schedule an MRI.  My doctor told me what he has told me all along…you can run and do anything that doesn’t hurt.  When it hurts, don’t do it.  To me that is the vaguest most unhelpful advice.  Just give me a yes/no answer.

I guess the cliffnotes version to this post is I really have any really exciting news.  I don’t think it’s plantar fasciitis and my bones aren’t broken.  It’s a muscle issue and I’m fair certain it’s not plantar fasciitis…past that I don’t know.  I’m scheduling an MRI for sometime next week.

Questions for you:

Has anyone ever had an issue in the arch of their foot and plantar fascia that wasn’t plantar fasciitis?

What are you doing this weekend?

Work for me but I have no complaints.