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Get on the Good Foot

foot_11_21If you’re tired of reading about my ongoing foot injury and recovery, now’s the time to do a Google search of something interesting. If, on the other hand, you are willing to see this through to the end, read on.

That’s my foot. The last time you saw that foot it was wrapped like a pound of deli meat. I had tape on the bottom, tape on the top, tape around the heel – well – you get the idea. I didn’t know what was wrong so I just taped every square inch figuring that it had to fix something. I was wrong.

Three weeks ago when I visited Dr. Chin at The Running Institute in Chicago I hadn’t been able to run without pain in nearly 4 months. I hadn’t been able to walk without pain in nearly two months and I limped, defeated, into his office. A quick reveiw: I thought, and nearly everyone I talked to thought, that I had PF [plantar fasciitis] My foot hurt, especially around the heel, I am a runner, so it had to be PF. The problem was that it didn’t really seem like PF. The traditional PF presentation is SHARP pain in the morning that gets better during the day. My foot hurt in the morning and got worse all day long.

Also, I’m a run/walker. I’m not pounding out lots of miles. I run/walk for fun. I’m not a very likely candidate for an overuse injury. The first time I saw Dr. Chin he listened to MY theory, that I had actually hurt myself while riding my motorcycle, he took an x-ray, and confirmed that I had cuboid subluxation. The joint in my foot was displaced. He reset the joint, taped me up, and I had immediate reduction in symptoms.

I’ve been VERY careful over the past three weeks. I’ve tried to stay off the foot, I’ve kept it taped, I’ve stayed on the anti-inflammatories, and GUESS WHAT? It’s BETTER.

As I said to Dr. Chin, I think we’re at about 90%. Clearly, the diagnoses was correct and the first step in recovery was just letting things heal. I’ll start on physical therapy next week when I get back from Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles. And this afternoon, or tomorrow morning, I’m going to try to run a few steps.

YIPPEE!!!

Waddle on,
John

 
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John “the Penguin” Bingham, Competitor Magazine columnist
Author, The Courage to Start, No Need for Speed, Marathoning for Mortals and Running for Mortals.

 

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