Thursday, July 3, 2008

"Do you see this....

very inflamed tendon popping out of the side of your foot?" asked the wise doctor to the triathlete-in-denial (that would be me).

"It's not supposed to look like that?" I countered.

"Not at all," Wise doctor answered, patiently.

Well, now I know why my right paw has been trying to get my attention. It seems that I have a nice little case of tendonitis. The tendon that runs down outside of my right leg and connects to the side of my foot is very unhappy with me (a.k.a the peroneal tendon). I must've aggravated it when I altered my running gait from months of trying to manage plantar fascitis.

Anyway, the good doctor took one look at my foot and pushed it in one place and asked, "Does it hurt right here?"

Oh yes.

He pointed out how my tendon actually stands out from the rest of my foot due to major inflammation.


What does this mean?

No running for awhile. He mentioned at the minimum I needed another 3 weeks of rest.

But, I can bike and swim as much as I'd like (although he did point out that I should not stand up while riding. In other words, I have permission to avoid Reed's Gap for one more trip to the Blue Ridge).

I'm going to be getting some new orthotics (my old ones aren't doing much good anymore). I'll get some PT as well. I am also on some mighty strong prescription anti-inflammatories.

And of course, lots of ice.

It's quite possible that I will be an aqua-biker at Timberman. We'll have to see how the paw heals.

In the meantime, see ya at the pool.


Sarah said...

I'm in the exact opposite situation. I'm not allowed to swim because of major tendinitis in my right shoulder.

Here's to it getting better asap.

Kate said...

Good news is bad news I guess. I am very glad it is not a stress fracture. Heal fast!!!!

TriGirl 40 (okay - 41) said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery and much healing over the next few weeks. Injured, you'd rock that run course (not that you should, but don't worry about Timberman...)

TriGirl Kate O said...

Heal fast! So glad it's not anything more serious.