Monday, January 5, 2009
Posterior Tibial Tendinitis
It's official - got back from a nearly 3-hour long appointment from my foot doctor this morning. We did a series of x-rays, evaluations and tests before he confirmed what I'd suspected all along: that I am suffering from posterior tibial tendinitis.
The good? I can continue to run on it as long as the pain doesn't worsen and I keep icing, stretching and doing some recommended tendon strengthing exercises a few times daily along the way. He also told me to avoid treadmills (no problem) and hills for awhile. I'm still supposed to see a physical therapist in the upcoming weeks.
He also confirmed what I'd long suspected all along too - that one leg was in fact longer than the other. Only thing that threw me off, was that it was my right that turned out to be longer when I thought it was the other way around. Oh and apparently, I'm "severely bow-legged" (insert joke here).
Finally, he fitted me for some custom orthotics which while expensive, should aid in my problematic running gait. When I also told him about my theory that the source of the problem stemmed from me doing my VO2max speed workouts in neutral, lightweight trainers this last marathon cycle, he pretty much agreed with me (but wanted to see those shoes).
All in all, it went better than I could have hoped for. While it was a long appointment, he was very thorough which is something I didn't get from the initial doctor I saw. I'm going to approach running in the next several weeks very cautiously and scrutinize what my ankle tells me. But I can still run, which is the best part.
Add to it all, he turned out to be a just fantastic doctor (who's also a marathoner - a 3:47 PR!) so I'll have someone in my neighborhood for future visits.