Sunday, October 16, 2011

Finally, an Update!

Wow, I hadn’t meant to let it go so long between posts…now I can hardly remember what’s happened since my last update! I tend to get this way with blogs. They’re fun and exciting for a while and then they become just one more thing I need to do when I’m already busy. But here I am!

Basically I feel like I’m on a roller coaster. Two weeks ago the swelling was way down. It was still painful to walk on most of the time, but every once in a while—usually in the early afternoon, walking to the pool after class—I could get in a mostly pain-free walk. I’ve kept up the treadmill running. I make sure I walk for a bit before, though—I think it helps get me warmed up.

I’ve been experimenting with the length of time I can endure. Not until I feel pain—I never go that far! I’m talking next-day/later-that-night walking down the hall soreness. Or burning pain. Or whatever it decides to manifest itself as this time. Pebble, bruise, knife, match, heel, side, under the ankle, in the arch. It varies so much I get dizzy just thinking about it.

Anyway, the day before my last physical therapy session (Monday) I ran on the treadmill and was a bit sore and swollen. My therapist is really confused because he doesn’t see swelling with plantar fasciitis, so he was going to talk with my regular doctor about possible causes. I’m almost wondering if the hard lump isn’t scar tissue, because…well, it’s hard. But the swelling is definitely there. When I’m running in the pool the water feels different passing over that area, and my shoes feel different because more of my foot/arch touches the bottom of the left one. In fact I was a little puffy on the side of my foot, under the ankle. Only a very little bit, though.

So I’ve been Googling. That’s what I do when things don’t make sense. And I’ve found that there are so many other possible causes of swelling in that area that I’m no closer to finding an answer. It could be tendinitis. Or an abductor hallucis strain. Or a combination. I just don’t know.

But here’s the weird part. I ran again on Wednesday—6 minutes. The next day I could my foot just felt puffy. In fact, I have been walking almost pain free since Thursday. I’m not sure that makes any sense, but for some reason my foot has decided to behave—for now. And today and yesterday the swelling almost disappeared. It’s even hard to feel that hard bump right now. Of course, if I walked around the block I could probably have it back. But I won’t try too hard.
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