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My Left Foot November 1, 2011

Yup, that's EXACTLY where it hurts!

I can’t believe it. Just as I was feeling SO AWESOME about the open water swim yesterday, I had to turn my attention to my left foot which has been getting progressively more painful over the last week. Today when I woke up it was really swollen and tender. Oh MAN!

I went to my podiatrist (who is a century cyclist himself) and he promptly diagnosed me with Posterior Tibialis Tendonitis. First thing he asked me was, “Where are your orthotics?”

Um. In the back of my closet?? (redfaced)

See, I got these new shoes, and I was just too lazy to cut out the inserts to accommodate the orthotics, and my feet weren’t bothering me so much like they used to, and my ankle felt pretty much all better, so I just… umm… haven’t been using them.

(hanging head in shame)

So now I have a roaring case of Posterior Tibialis Tendonitis. He said that “normally” he would recommend no running or biking or any sort of weight bearing for a few weeks. But then he gave this wry smile and said, “I could say that, but I know what you’re gonna do.” (he knows me)

I mean really. I mean REALLY DUDE. This is my first triathlon that has been eating up major gallons of my blood, sweat and tears for MONTHS and it’s five days away and I’m gonna…

No.

I mean, just no.

I’m going to do my best to take really, really good care of it this week. As per doctor’s advice, I am icing the heck out of it, elevating it, taking high dose anti-inflammatories, taping it up and using my orthotics religiously. And trying to stay off the feet.

I am hoping that if I treat my foot like glass all week, then it will be able to manage the swim (no problem), the bike ride (a little more of a problem) and a modified walk-run (mostly walk) on Sunday. And then REALLY take it easy before I run again. I will go back to my trainer and work on my upper body! I will! I will! Just let this thing heal up by Sunday. Please.

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6 Responses to “My Left Foot”

  1. Rachel Says:

    Ouch, ouch, ouch. If I’ve REALLY rested and taken care of myself with icing and NSAIDS, tendonitis usually goes away within a few days.

    I hope it’s the same for you.

  2. Deborah Says:

    Oh! OUCH!! I’ve had two major abdominal surgeries but the calcific tendonitis I had in my shoulder is the WORST pain I think I’ve ever experienced. I don’t know if that’s the same as what’s happening in your foot but just OUCH!! Am sending a big hug and a tsumani of white light to you and your left foot. Feel better soon!

  3. Coco Says:

    Ugh! So glad you have a good doctor who will give you some realistic advice. Ice can do wonders–fingers crossed it does the trick for your tri.

  4. Miz Says:

    Id say skip it Susan.
    but Im conservative that way.

    xoxoxoxo

  5. TNTriGirl Says:

    If doing the race was going to do permanent damage, the doctor would have said that and forbid it. Since he didn’t, I would go for it. There will be plenty of time to rehab it after the race. But that’s just what I would do . . .

  6. merri Says:

    i hope it gets better in time!!


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