Good news, not-so-bad news
The good news – I don’t have to stop running. (That reminds me, maybe I should start again.) The bad news – well, there’s really not much bad news. All in all, today’s visit to Commonwealth Sports Medicine went well. Essentially what I have to do is some strength exercises for my foot, wear a nifty plantar slipper to bed, wear some $40 insoles, attend a couple of physical therapy sessions, run on the cool-as-the-other-side-of-the-pillow G trainer (the Alter G) a couple of times and, in another month or so, get a gait analysis. And at some point I’ll get a couple of shots in that area – there a three to choose from, including one using my own blood to help heal the area.
The doctor did suggest that perhaps I cut back running just a bit and add a cross training day. Well, since I haven’t done much of anything recently this shouldn’t be too hard. She also kindly suggested some weight training to strengthen my legs and hips. Apparently from the little bit of testing today my right hip is a bit weak (which could be resulting in my right side of the body issues). This oddly reminded me of my dog’s vet appointment last year when he said the same thing about my dog.
So, for now, I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and listen to my body when it tells me to do something else. Today was a pleasant learning experience and I’m glad I went. I probably should have done this a year ago, but it is comforting to know I’m not completely broken. I just have to do things a little different. And I'm just fine with that.