Monday, November 8, 2010

The Podiatrist, Part 1

For the next week I can't walk (for any length of time) or run. Elliptical is ok, the bike is ok and the rowing machine is ok. And probably lifting weights is ok, although I didn't ask about that.

Not ok is any kind of impact activity.

I never thought I'd say this, but I might go insane if I can't walk to work all week long. Not only is a good bit of exercise, it has turned into quite the stress management technique as well! I shall miss it more than I ever thought possible.

The good news is that the doc found no evidence of an extremely bad neuroma. Apparently the fancy-schmancy running shoes I bought a month ago to start running in are too narrow across the toe. I've pinched a nerve and now it won't be obedient and go back the way it should be.

I got a quick and unpleasant injection of cortisone around my toe and uncomfortably close to the nerve. Felt very weird. Two x-rays taken, and I'll go back in a week and see how things are.

With any luck, the niggling pain I have now when I step a certain way will be gone.

OK day today. Am not in the best of form. Lots of work stress this past Friday and Saturday and that has still dragged me down a bit, I suspect.

Hope everyone is well. A more cheerful update to follow soon, I promise.


  1. I wish you the best on this Ish. After having experience foot pain with both a pinched nerve and gout, I really feel for you. Listen to the doc, and hopefully you will be back to normal soon.

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  2. Glad there was no neuroma. Enjoy the biking you can do :D

  3. OMG, SOOO glad it's not a neuroma! That is FANTASTIC news!!! I'm really, really happy for you, sounds like you'll be back "on your feet" in no time. (bad pun! sorry!) :)

  4. I am glad it's not as bad as you thought it was going to be. I'm sorry that it's not as great as you had hoped it would be but this too shall heal and then you'll be back to walking to work and everywhere else you want to go.
    I have a question for you, have you ever gone to the Chiropractor? Now I don't know about some people but I visit mine a few times a year and he fixes me from head to toes and works on my feet and it really seems to help. Just a thought from me to you.
    Keep working out on what you can do and you'll heal quickly.
    Take care and God Bless!!

  5. I understand what you're going through--I have a fractured little toe. It's caused me more discomfort than I ever imagined. I have come to the conclusion that if something on your foot hurts, it impacts EVERYTHING! I am now using the Nu-Step at the gym (only thing that doesn't hurt). It's a recumbant elliptical, and it seems OK. Take care...

  6. Sorry about the nerve injury. That is hard. I have had those cortisone shots. They are helpful but hurt terribly when you get them. Hope your toes and foot heal soon.

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  7. Wow, Ish, that's pretty crappy, but not as bad as it could be. Hopefully, you'll recover soon and be as good as new!!!!