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PT: Round 3

5 Jan

Early Friday morning I headed off to Round 3 of physical therapy. I was able to report that over the past week I didn’t really experience any pain beyond a little stiffness. I did my stretches 3x/day and used the heating pad every night. I also did some research on different orthotic inserts and I’ve narrowed it down to two options from Spenco. I’ll probably order those this week.

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We did the usually round of e-stim with heating pad, stretching, and massaging. The e-stim felt especially good today and the PT said my foot was healing nicely and loosening up. So…I tried a run! It was a slow jog at 12:00/mile pace but I went about 1.5 miles on the treadmill without discomfort. I felt like I could have done more, but didn’t want to push it.

The verdict: I was given the go-ahead to start running again!Ā HALLELUJAH! I will have to build up slowly and cautiously, of course, but I CAN RUN! I will return to PT on an as needed basis if pain returns again.

I waited until this evening to post with the news so I could see how my foot felt the day after the trial run. And so far, it’s doing pretty well. Guess who’s going to get a start on that winter running tomorrow? As long as it’s not snowing too heavily, I will be out there! šŸ˜€

PT: Round 2

28 Dec

I was up dark and early this morning to get myself ready and off to round 2 of physical therapy for my Mysterious Foot Injury (AKA tendinitis). Seriously, who doesn’t love 8:00 AM medical appointments? I spent a little time with the e-stim machine and hot pack. Here’s an awkward photo for your viewing pleasure:20121228-125158.jpg

After that there was a bunch of stretching, pulling, massaging, and rotating. (That’s what she said! No?) I left feeling slightly sore but throughout the day it seemed to dissipate and loosen up. I also got a handy sheet of exercises and stretches to do daily to strengthen my foot.

20121228-125204.jpgAfter some consideration I think I’ve decided to try out an “over-the-counter” orthotic insert before going the full-on expensive custom insole route. The PT seemed to think that was reasonable, at least in the short term. My wallet is also grateful. So I will be doing some research to find an insert that could be effective. Any brand suggestions?

PT Round 3: Next Friday at 9:00 AM.

Merry Christmas, You’re Overpronating!

26 Dec

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! If you participated in a Santa Run or any holiday race, I hope you had as much fun as this guy did:

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I spent the majority of the weekend cleaning, baking cookies, and wrapping presents. And thenĀ I had a very busy and very enjoyable Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with my husband and family. It seemed like we were non-stop from Friday night through early this morning! It was very exciting to celebrate our first married Christmas.20121226-202611.jpg

Among the generous gifts I received were some of the things on my Running Wish List! I am so excited about the Garmin GPS watch (thank you, hubby!), Saucony Kinvara jacket, Under Armour cold gear tights, Smart Wool running socks, and gift cards to Fleet Feet and Running Warehouse. Mark got a pair of running pants from my parents, too (I wonder how they thought of that?), so I am very excited to try these things out when I can run again!

20121226-200107.jpgWe both took today off to rest and relax (mmm, sleep). The only time I left the house today was to go to my first PT treatment appointment this afternoon. After some stretching, massaging, and time with the E-stim machine and heating pad, I stepped on the digital scanner to check on the pronation of my feet.

20121226-200115.jpgMy feet are on the left, good feet are on the right. Turns out I have moderate pronation. That means my feet are not bearing weight properly, so I am going to be more likely to have repetitive stress injuries. According to the little chart in the PT office, custom orthotic inserts are ridiculously expensive “necessary” to correct the issue and reduce injury. If I don’t go the custom insert route, I can try out some not-so-custom types like Dr. Scholl’s and see how that goes or be really specific about the type of shoe I buy. However, I am told that neither of those options are great long term solutions and if I want to get back to my running routine and the weekly mileage I want to hit, the custom inserts are going to be the best solution. Unless I want to have recurring injuries, of course. I am going to have to think on that (and sell a kidney, maybe?). On the bright side, after a couple of PT treatments we are going to try out a little running. I CAN’T WAIT!