I have been complaining about my ankle so much that the injury has its own name: Anklemania. This particular problem traces all the way back to January or February. It’s come and gone a little bit. I am still surprised I made it through the quarter marathon on it. After that race, my phyiscal therapist encouraged me to take time off and see a doctor.
I waited a while to do either of those things.
Actually, I haven’t been running very much at all. Major life changes and timing and the heat and my aversion to pain have all played a part in that. I haven’t run in a week! But on Thursday, I did finally go to a sports medicine doctor.
That doctor asked questions and felt all around my left foot and ankle and decided that I probably had peroneal tendonitis. You can read things about it here and here. Basically, there are two tendons that run behind the ankle bone and one of them attaches down along the side of your foot. Because the main part of the tendons’ job is to stabilize the foot so running on uneven surfaces (like I did back in January when the trouble started) can cause problems. Not resting it enough right off (especially from injury through March, when I ran the most) probably aggravated it.
I have been prescribed physical therapy for six weeks to strengthen it. If it doesn’t start to feel better pretty quickly, I go back in three weeks and we look at maybe a stress fracture and start taking x-rays, etc. If it takes a turn for the worst, I go back ASAP. But, if I go six weeks of PT and all goes well, I should be good. I am allowed to run unless it hurts or I end up limping afterwards. If that happens, I have to use the elliptical, bike, etc.
Incidentally, I had a final PT check up for my back on Wednesday which went really well. My therapist joked that he would see me in two weeks for my ankle. Boy, was he right! I wonder if he’ll take my PT graduation shirt away…