Monday, April 20, 2009

GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WOO-HOO!!! I have chills, goosebumps, and even a tear or two in my eyes. Today's appointment with the podiatrist went better than I expected. First, my self diagnosis of plantar facitis back in January was correct! Yes, the quack of a podiatrist I saw back then incorrectly diagnosed me with achilles tendonitis. To his credit, the extremely painful cortisone injection he gave me worked well. I now know that the tingly feeling and feeling like there's something in my shoe at the ball of my foot is a result of what is called "Morton's Neuroma." Here's the link if you're curious about what it is... What does all this mean for me? It means I can start some serious half marathon and marathon training again. I spent $65 on a pair of medical grade orthotics, which are sitting pretty in my shoes as I'm typing this! They can be removed and used in any shoes I'm wearing. I also was happy to hear that I don't need to buy running shoes for overpronation. The podiatrist said to buy regular running shoes, and use the orthotics if I experience any pain. The $65 will obviously be money well spent. I'm off from work this week for spring break. I'm planning on reading my Jeff Galloway book and figuring out a training schedule so I can run the 4 races I have in the "Upcoming Races" section of my blog. Plus I will definitely attempt a long run later on this week, using the run-walk-run training. Even though I now know that there's nothing seriously wrong with my heel and foot, I still believe that is the best training program for me. Now, as long as I don't wake up and discover this is all a dream, I'll be good!! :-)


Anais said...

That is so great!!!!!!!!!! Thank God you got a second diagnosis! I'm so glad it was easily solved, and really, 65$ is nothing when it means you'll be able to run painlessly! :)

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lindsay said...

awesome!!! sooo glad it went well! :)

Rookie on the Run said...

Woo-hoo!! That is WONDERFUL news!! It's a good thing you switched podiatrists. That was a very smart decision, obviously.

What a relief it must be to feel free to really start training for your races again!

And don't forget that first mile-- it's mine!! :D lol

Melanie Tait said...

Good on you! How long have you been out for (I'll have to scoot back and have a look)?

Thanks for your lovely message! I've been skulking around a lot of running websites and am finding them so incredibly inspiring and full of lovely people.

Hope the cortisone works its magic and you don't have any more trouble!

Irish Cream said...

HOORAY! I am so happy for you . . . that is some seriously great news! It must be such a relief to know that you can go still go into training for your goal races! YAY for the new podiatrist :)