After this weekend’s run I am giving in and admitting defeat or should I say defeet? My foot needs medial attention.
I took a few sharp rocks in the wrong shoes on a 16 mile run in Arizona. Things have not been the same even after 8 days off and then limited low distance running. The ball of my right foot is just not getting better. As I have mentioned before it is the ball of my right foot. The left foot had the same issue but not as severe and it is 100% healed now.
When I am walking around in shoes there is not a problem. When I am barefoot on tile or wood floors I can feel a little discomfort. On a pain scale of 1-10 it is less than a 1. After I run I get a swelling right under the foot of the ball. I ice it right away but 3-4 hours after my fun it is swollen but not enough to visually see it. I can feel the swelling when I walk.
I have been waiting a full day after I run to let the swelling go down and it does. Then I run and it starts all over again. I have not tried to run back to back days since I injured it.
Up until this weekend I have only been running 5 mile at a time. This weekend I did an 9 mile run and I did get a little more swelling. Unless I stop running altogether I am going to be miserable. If I stop running I am going to be miserable. But I have not tried to bike yet so that may be my saving grace for a while. I really don’t want to limp, pun intended, into my first ultra in mid March. Something needs to be done.
I have been told to see a particular doctor at the Des Moines University since he is a runner and more sympathetic to runners. I am going to make an appointment today and see what he says.