Sunday, June 15, 2014

I'm Out

I got some bad news yesterday..... I've been nursing a sore achilles for about two months now. For awhile I just thought it was plain old tendonitis. I was wrong! On closer examination (by myself) I have insertional tendonitis (self diagnosed). The tendon itself does not hurt but the heel at the point where the achilles attaches to the heel. It's a pretty bad diagnosis. It means the tendon is slowly tearing off the heel and is inflamed.

The pain started in mid April at about the time I started parking off campus and walking the 10-15 min in to work. It's also the point in time where I started to increase my mileage from basically nothing to 2-3 miles at a go. It is painful in the morning when I get out of bed, painful when I start to walk after sitting for a time and painful for the first half mile of a run. But, once I get moving it goes away.

I've been trying to just power through but yesterday I saw my massage therapist and told him of the pain (he's also a physical therapist). We went through my symptoms and what I thought it was, insertional tendonitis or plantar fasciitis. After talking and examining my feet and tendons he thinks it's insertional.

This is how that convo went,
MT: "I think it's insertional. You need to take some time off running."
Me: "Really?!"
MT: "Well, you don't have to. You can take 1-2 weeks now or a year when your tendon detaches."
Me: "Ok, I can just bike on those days."
MT: "SERIOUSLY!!!? If you weren't naked right now I'd throw you out of the room! You need to stop all of it!"
Me: Sniffle "Even weight training?"
MT: "Yes. Just stop! All I'm asking for is a week or two. Then try running 1-2 miles."
Me: "Fine. The pool's open and I can do laps."
MT: Groan

I'm also out with Whiskey, he just doesn't know it yet.


Running Meg said...

Oh man, that sucks! Listen to your PT and keep thinking "two weeks now, instead of a year later". Hopefully that gets through your thick skull...I mean, hopefully that sinks in.

CLE Runner said...

It already feels better! Getting out of bed this morning was basically pain free. So I'm hopeful!

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