Well friends I know it’s been a while since I’ve checked in with you about my training. It’s been a rough month for me honestly. I’ve really enjoyed sharing some nutrition information with you so thank you for reading along! I mentioned in some of my earlier posts that I’ve been dealing with pain in my feet. It initially started during marathon training and I suspected that it was due to heavy mileage and old shoes. I’d tried taping them but found little comfort.
When my race was cancelled due to weather I was sad, but also very relieved because I knew I would have been in excruciating pain during the last half. I just assumed that I had fallen arches or even a case of plantar fasciitis. Over the last month or so my pain has increased dramatically, to the point that I can no longer run for more than even a 1/4 mile without my feet starting to hurt. I’ve also noticed that I cannot even walk or stand for more than an hour at time without feeling the same pain. Even after almost no running for an entire month my symptoms have not improved. I made the decision last week to go see my PCP and he diagnosed me with tarsal tunnel syndrome (like carpal tunnel syndrome but in the feet). It’s basically swelling or inflammation on the inside of the ankle next to the bones that causes compression on the posterial tibial nerve and can lead to pain anywhere along the path of the nerve.
|Photo courtesy of: http://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/tarsal-tunnel-syndrome.htm|
After learning a little more about it I now realize that the symptoms are very similar to plantar fasciitis and even my Dr. said the two diagnosis are often confused. The primary distinguishing factor in my case was that I didn’t have the sharp shooting pain in my heel like most people with plantar fasciitis do and the area around my ankle is sensitive when touched. My pain is more localized in my arch and literally feels like my arches want to fall to the floor. We discussed in detail my options, none of which included any running until at least May. For now, the Dr has prescribed me an oral steroid and requested that I use a post-op shoe during normal daily activity when I need to be on my feet for long periods of time. Have you seen a post-op shoe?! GOOD-NESS! I’m really worried about my feet but I just can’t bring myself to wear this dang thing.
|The family offered to bedazzle it for me but I declined lol|
I hope you’re all having a healthy and injury free race season!
Priscilla is Dallas/Ft. Worth based nutritionist and blogger.