As you might have read, I somehow pulled a muscle in my right hip a few weeks ago while running. I’m also having pain in my left foot from an unknown cause. Both of these injuries have halted my training for at least the last month. I’ve gained a lot of weight, and I feel like a lazy fatty. (side note- must read Operation Beautiful immediately to stop the “fat talk”)
I went to a walk-in clinic in town the other day because my brand new primary care doctor couldn’t fit me in for a few weeks. I was largely disappointed with the whole experience. The nurses were loud and obnoxious. Mine even announced my weight loud enough I’m sure people in the next town heard. They didn’t even ask what was wrong with me until I was in the exam room for over 10 minutes. She referred to something as “retarded”. I thought medical staff would be a bit more sensitive to terms like that.
The physician’s assistant came in, asked me questions, and then played around with my foot. Since I didn’t scream in pain to anything he did, he basically dismissed it but said I should see a podiatrist. Then he checked my range of motion with my hip. Nothing was too painful there either. It only hurt when he crossed my right leg over my left leg. I told him it was a muscle, but he ordered an x-ray. Last time I checked, x-rays were for bones.
The x-ray technician was beyond rude and got very snippy with me when she questioned if I was pregnant. I kept saying “no”, and she kept saying “are you sure?” and got snottier each time.
They looked over the x-rays. Nothing wrong.
So I left with no diagnosis and 2 really great pain prescriptions.
So I came home tonight and did some research myself. I’ve self-diagnosed myself with Plantar Fasciitis, which can be caused by overuse (running) and improper shoe support. This makes total sense to me. I obviously was running a lot, and I’ve been wearing new flats with basically no support. Plus, I have an unusually high arch. The arch of my foot hurts a lot in the morning when I get out of bed, and it’s tough to plant my whole foot on the floor and walk. It gets better throughout the day though. I talked to Jeff tonight about it, and he said he had it when he was younger.
My only problem is that I can’t find any information on how long it will take to heal. Marathon training is being put off until the pain is gone! I don’t think the disappointment of this has hit me yet, but when it does, I will most certainly be crying.
In other news, this arrived today…
Well, kiddos. It’s that time again… bedtime!
Edited to add- I should add that my running shoes are fine. I was fitted from them. It’s been the flats I’ve been wearing to work which have been caused this.