So ever since THE marathon, I’ve been kinda low key about the pain that I’ve been having. I called out of work the day after the marathon due to lots of pain in my left foot…as in hobbling to the bathroom was troublesome. I’ve been working ever since, and about halfway through the shift I have pain in my left foot, as well as pain whenever I’m walking around without a running shoe on. I’ve tried wearing my more “fashionable” type sporty shoe and even those hurt. My appointment with a sports medicine doctor was this morning, so I got up bright and early (that’s like 8:15 for me…) to go see him. They took x-rays of my left foot and right knee (since I’m still having IT band problems, although it’s pretty classic ITBS), neither one really showed anything…definitely no fractures or anything. I’ve read that stress fractures don’t necessarily show up on x-rays until they’re healing, so if it is a stress fracture, then we might not even see it…especially if it’s deeper in the foot. (Don’t take anything I say as medical advice!!)
Anyway, the doctor doesn’t know if it’s a stress fracture, stress reaction (strain on the bone, but NOT a fracture), or something else. I’m going to have an MRI on Monday and then a follow-up about that on Thursday, so I guess we’ll know more then. In the meantime, he recommended that I wear a very stylish “low profile walking boot” to provide support to my foot. It’s very fashionable, as you can see:
This is going to look awesome with flip flops…
Awesome. He asked if it was possible to be put on “light duty” at the hospital since I told him I’m a nurse and while I haven’t been running, I haven’t exactly been sitting with my feet up all day. I kinda laughed at the light duty comment…I don’t even know if that exists, but I’ll see what happens next week, I guess. In the meantime, I’ll be sporting the boot. Wooooo.
Can we discuss for a little what a pain it was to get that boot? At the doctor’s office, they told me to go to any pharmacy, so I hit up a CVS by my house. They told me, no, you have to go to a medical supply place and told me to go to the pharmacy/supply place ACROSS THE STREET from my hospital. I get there and they tell me that they don’t accept my insurance…really? How do they not accept the insurance of the employees who work across the street?? I’m so confused. So whatever…I call my insurance and get the names of places that do accept my insurance…out of the five that I called, only one even had the boot. My insurance doesn’t pay for it at all (goooo deductibles), so that was fun. This whole running thing suddenly got really expensive since the boot cost about the same as a pair of running shoes, and I only got one! (Not that I want one for my other foot…)
So basically, I have no idea yet what is going on with my foot, although the doctor said that if it was just delayed soreness from the marathon, then it probably would have gone away by now. Awesome. So we’ll see…keep your fingers crossed for me!
Also, I’m an idiot and forgot to ask what kind of exercise I can do…obviously not running, which I haven’t been doing anyway. Swimming? Biking? I’m assuming those are okay since they’re no impact? I need to lay off the M&M’s for a while, I suppose…