In my last post, I mentioned the fact that I was "sort of" injured. Something going on with my foot, but I figured it just needed some time to heal. Then I had an appointment with my doctor, who sent me here:
To get a bone scan, you get injected with radioactive particles. Sadly, it didn't change me into a super hero, or do anything more interesting then allow the machine to take pictures of your bones.
More specifically, in my case, pictures of my feet. (There was also one of my knees, as they check those as well, when there's a foot problem.) Even more specifically, pictures of my feet that showed a very disturbing dark spot in the middle of my sore foot...
A dark spot that landed me in one of these:
Google is not a substitute for medical advice.
How did I fail myself so completely?
I was so sure it was from lacing my shoes too tightly that I ignored the fact that it was not getting better.
I read (somewhere on google) that a stress fracture does not feel better the longer you run on it. On the other had, a soft tissue injury often will feel better. It only took 10-15 minutes of running for me to stop noticing my foot. That means, in my half marathon, that it either stopped hurting, or I was able to shut out the pain for a good 2 hours. This is one of the things that convinced me it wasn't a stress fracture.
I read (somewhere on google) that a stress fracture will cause blinding pain when you press on the spot of it. It hurt, but I certainly wouldn't describe it as blinding. I've had massages that hurt more.
If I'm honest with myself, I knew there was something wrong. I didn't want to get medical advice prior to my race because I was sure they'd tell me not to run it. The only thing I was willing to call it for was a stress fracture, and I was so sure that's not what it was.
It scares me a little bit that I was completely able to shut out my body telling me that something was really wrong. I take pride in my ability to shut out negative thoughts and the hurt that comes from working hard. This is not something I should have shut out. Yet I did.
This isn't a niggle, and it also isn't "sort of" injured.
Right now, I'm not really sure what the next step is. When the doctor's receptionist called to tell me to go get the aircast, she also said I can't do anything without it on, which rules out even swimming, or water running. Now, to be clear, this was coming from the receptionist, and in response to my questions about activity. I'm hoping my doctor will give me better answers, as my research indicates that I should be able to do non weight bearing activities.
Of course, I'm basing that on information found on google, which has failed me before. So, it's time to have chat with my doctor. Damn weekend.