So I went to the doctor today about my foot problem. I already knew what was a wrong, I just wanted them to make the pain go away. That’s not too much to ask I didn’t think.
The nurse recommended amputation, of course she was joking. 🙂
The doctor did not want to inject my toe as I really wanted done. He advised that the steroids will cause cartilage to deteriorate over time. This isn’t what I wanted to hear and I told him as much, very nicely of course. 🙂
He did suggest that my issue is probably being caused by my running mechanics. I’m honestly not sure what to think about this. My gaite couldn’t possibly be more neutral. Looking over my shoes I confirmed this again when I got home.
He also suggested that the tightness in my calf and hamstring muscles can also cause the issue. I do have issues with tight calves and an issue in my piriformis causing my right hammy to tighten from time to time. This makes sense to me based on the knowledge I’ve learned about functional movement from my friends at Expressions Chiropractic. We talked about the fact that I’ve switch from heal strike to mid foot strike in the last year. I believe mid foot is a safer strike in the long run. However, for athletes like me, not a good idea. I will go back to heal strike to help preserve the Seasmoid bones in my foot longer. Obviously I want to run when I’m old, so I gotta do what I gotta do, right?
I also saw the guys from orthotics about inserts for my shoes. The doctor would like custom inserts done that will help support parts of my foot and relieve pressures on others. We talked about my milage. How I train. How many races I run. Watched me walk etc. They both agreed that my gaite is neutral. We even took molds of my feet incase my insurance will cover these carbon inserts.
So what’s next? Time is my friend right now. I will seek the care of Expressions again to see what they think. I will also seek out a coach to analyze my mechanics after I’ve been running for an hour or more. Running 2-3 minutes anybody can be perfect, it’s beyond that where things could start to break down.
All in all I wasn’t really pleased with what I heard, but I suppose it’s what I needed to hear?