An update on my aches and pains
|August 9, 2013||Posted by Carrie under injury|
I haven’t really felt like my aches and pains of late have really been official injuries, and I’m super excited to report that the orthopedist yesterday gave me the all clear to do whatever activities I’d like to do. YAY!!!
Here’s the situation – I have a bone spur on my right big toe. The doctor gave me three treatment options of increasing invasiveness:
1) a shoe insert to stabilize my toe and hopefully reduce the inflammation
2) a cortisone injection to also reduce the inflammation
3) surgery to shave off the bone spur
I chose door #1
As far as my ankle goes: the doctor thinks it’s a nerve issue. Their x-rays didn’t give him reason for concern. The pain is very isolated and doesn’t ever radiate. The pain is best described as a pinching pain.
Again he gave me a few options of increasing invasiveness:
1) use a pain relief patch for a month to calm the nerve down
2) an injection of a combination of things that would also calm the nerve
3) an MRI to see if anything else might be going on, but he was thinking that the course of treatment no matter what we see would be the same.
Again I chose door #1
I love that my orthopedist isn’t quick to suggest surgery. He agreed with both of my choices as a good path for treatment. Best part – - he gave me the all clear to do whatever exercise I choose. As long as I don’t push through pain, I can run or do whatever I want. I still need to avoid lunges and moves that flex my toes (like push ups and planks).
I go back in 4 weeks to see how this treatment plan is working.
So, here I sit with my first treatment with my Lidoderm patch – 12 hours on, 12 hours off for a month.
I went to the physical therapy store to get the shoe insert – it’s actually the same insert that gets used for turf toe. And, after getting the insert I have to say that I could immediately feel the difference in the less movement of my toe. Oh happiness of no toe pain.
Really, the pain wasn’t that bad, probably a 3ish when I was walking and a 7ish when I’d flex it back like in a lunge position.
Now I have to figure out what I’m going to do… my brain had worked itself into thinking that that spring marathon wasn’t going to happen. In addition to that, some of my most amazing Fitbloggin friends are talking about running the So Cal Ragnar next spring and I’m working my way up to doing that, too. Or maybe instead. I don’t know.