A few months ago I got a new pair of Mizuno's. Mizuno has finally decided to make a few shoes in a narrow version, so I can wear them again. i immediately snapped up a pair of them and was pretty happy. Well. Apparently, feet really do get bigger as you get older. I had totally the wrong sized shoe for me. I ran for about 3 weeks on them, and on a whim, I dropped into Gear for Multisport for a pair of goggles, and ended up talking shoes.
so 3 weeks into one pair of shoes, I got a new pair, in a size 7 narrow, not a 6.5. one run in these new shoes convinced me I was in heaven. Unfortunately, I didn't do this soon enough. I had started to have some foot pain with both feet. I assumed that with my new shoes the pain would disappear. Oh no. it has already been going on too long.
So, after a few weeks of stretching, careful use of Motrin, and sticking my feet in bucket after bucket of ice water, I decided to go see the podiatry service where I work.
I always thought Podiatry was a little wierd, I mean who wants to look at feet all day long. I dated a Podiatrist for a while and was not really impressed with him, so I found I had not too much respect for the profession.
However, the podiatrist I saw this week really did impress me.
He looked at my feet and was able to tell me a lot about my gait and stride just by looking at the calluses and certain types of damage to the toes.
He noted that my feet were abnormally flexible and was surprised that I had ended up with the Plantar Fasciatis in the left foot. Luckily, the PF, after a full day of rest (sitting in a class with feet on another chair.) has pretty much calmed down.
So I asked him about my achilles pain on the left. Well, what a shock. Apparently a while ago I partially tore or otherwise damaged my achiles. and to heal it, I decided to grow more bone.
So apparently the "cure" for this
is surgery. I just about fell off the exam table.
I'm not planning on having surgery any time soon. They detach the achilles, clean it up cut away the excess bone, and re-attach the achilles. Six week recovery.
Holy Cow. I can not take six weeks off work.
So after some discussion, the Podiatrist took a bunch of x rays, gave me a prescription antiinflammatory, told me to stop running for a while, and told me to come back in a month.
I did everything except stop running. To be fair, I told him I would not stop and he didnt seem that upset.
TO my surprise today, my ankle feels 80% better. the PF is almost gone. I hope it isnt just the crazy antiinflammatory…
So we'll see how this goes.
I guess I shouldn't be soamazed that a foot specialist knows my gait, but I did think it was pretty neat. Hopefully this pain will go and stay away.