Last week I shared my story about my leg injury and now I have some answers.
Recap Running Pains: After 7 months of reoccurring pain from an ankle sprain and peroneal tendon strain at a San Francisco half marathon, a jump off a swing sent me to the couch with a bag full of ice. However, not keeping off my injury really did the damage.
Last week, I left the doctors office with a diagnosis: a strained peroneal tendon and torn Gastrocnemius muscle. The bruising and swelling around my ankle is not a sprain but drainage from a calf tear. So at least now I know where to ice my leg, not on the bruises, but right at the source of the tear. I’ll have to keep off of it for 2-4 weeks and my Groupons for gym studios will have to wait (including the rock climbing adventure —bummer)!
With two physical therapy sessions under my belt, I know a lot more than from my general doctor. Both my peroneal tendon and an inner-foot stabilizing tendon were torn. Makes sense since these are the tendons that steady the ankle. Remember my run in hilly San Francisco and my attempt to hop off a swing? Those tendons were doing their best to keep my ankle in line from all the twisting commotion.
I recently noticed a lot of pain in the arch of my foot. My physical therapist found a knot there and she said we’ll have to wait to see if it heals, but it could be the tendon fibers (from the plantar fascia) bundled-up from a tear or a cyst. She doesn’t want to worry me with “what ifs” until she knows. At this time a MRI would’ve been very helpful!
All I can say is WOW. During every physical therapy session, I lie down on a table where I am hooked up to electrodes and an ice brace for 15 minutes. For those 15 minutes I stare up at the ceiling and for 15 minutes I think, “How on earth did I, a 25-year-old, get here? From such a simple thing as jumping off a swing?” Well that’s not entirly it. It’s been a series of aggravation to my foot/leg and making no time to heal. But, I also lie there and think how it could have been worse, and that now I recognize the signs and am taking care of it. I think that counts for something!