Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Recovery time, excellent

I had my second round of x-rays yesterday. I snuck a peek at them and didn't see anything on them that cried out 'You have a stress fracture!'. I go for another follow-up with the sports medicine doctor on the 18th, so hopefully I'll have a diagnosis then. I've realized what's killing me is the uncertainty... that I can't move forward until I know what's going on and what to expect.

I've also learned that I'm fortunate in that it could be worse. I could have a stress fracture in way worse places, such as my tibia, hip or pelvic bone. Ouch!

I also know what I did wrong to do this to myself. I realized that I've worn my green superfeet insoles since I started running seriously 2 years ago. I was in physio at the time for a back/calf injury and she suggested that I lose weight and try superfeet insoles. That's what I did! So it really was stupid of me to run three times in a row without them, especially a 13K run. Those runs put a lot of stress and contortion on my lower leg muscles, resulting in injury.

I start physio tonight, which I'm looking forward to. I want to use this time to work on my muscle strength and imbalances. And of course, to lose those 10 lbs. that I put on over the past few months.


Sadie said...

I hope you recover quickly and can run the half in May. I will be there to cheer you on.

If you want to walk some night, let me know!

TiredMamaRunning said...

Be careful, since a sfx will not show in an xray-only a bone scan will pick that up. Still, that's GREAT that it's not anything that's progressed to a fracture or break anywhere. You'll recover just fine with a little rest and a lot of patience to let the body do its thing and heal up. Hope you have an excellent physio session.

Nanookie said...

Thanks Kazz and Sadie! :)

Kazz, the doctor mentioned a bone scan as a possibility at the last appointment, so we'll see what he says. I've heard MRIs work well, but that's really pointless in our medical system because of how long I'll have to wait.