I am really tired of writing about my foot woes, and I am sure you are tired of hearing about them too. However, I just want to update you about one more piece of the injury puzzle. Then I’ll move on and share my workouts from the week.
So I went back to the podiatrist on Friday to get “fitted” for orthotics. I put that in quotes because gone are the days where you actually get your foot casted. He simply had me hold up my feet and then scanned each foot with an iPad and camera for about 20 seconds. Crazy, huh?
Before I gave the official go-ahead for the orthotics I said I wanted to talk a little more first about how things felt. I said that I didn’t necessarily think the tape from last week helped. My foot felt fine when I ran on Saturday, but I don’t usually have any pain when I am running. I usually notice it later in the day or sometimes when I first wake up. He said it was completely my decision, and if I felt like it was getting better I could wait and come back another time if I wanted the orthotics.
I thought about it for like 10 seconds and decided to get them. At this point, it comes and goes and has been going on for so long that I know I will be frustrated when it doesn’t get better.
Before doing the foot scan, he looked at my foot again and poked around. I was easily able to point out where it felt the most tender. He noted that along with my PT tendon, that the muscle that connects to my big toe (I think it’s the flexor hallucis longus) was also probably inflamed. He wanted me to work on big toe strength and mobility, and told me how to do that.
I got home and thought about what he said and had flashbacks of hearing this before.
When I went to the UVA speed clinic it was suspected that my right big toe was causing problems with my toe-off and could have contributed to piriformis issues on that side.
3 years ago when I was marathon training I had tightness in the same place I am now struggling with- but it was so minor I pretty much forgot about it! Good thing I have a blog because this is what I wrote:
On another note, I saw my chiropractor on Wednesday and mentioned the on and off foot pain. He thinks that my big toe is not strong enough (also- I have a blister on my big toe- which is a sign to him that either my shoes are not right or I am driving my toe down incorrectly.). He did some ART on my inner ankle area and showed me how to do some self-massage for trigger points there. I also need to start doing toe exercises. Really? Like I don’t have enough to worry about with running all the miles, stretching, foam rolling, core work, etc? But whatever I have to do to run injury free I guess.
He drew on my leg where I need to work the knots out. He suggested I take a picture of where he drew so that I wouldn’t forget.
Apparently the big toe can cause all sorts of running injuries. Check out this article for a better explanation than what I could provide.
Ok, so add that to my list of things to work on. Anyway, I am going to give the orthotics a try and see if that helps.
Here are my workouts from last week:
Monday: 3.2 miles
Tuesday: Strength training
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: 30 minutes spinning
Friday: 45 minutes yoga (focused on core)
Saturday: 30 minutes spinning, 30 minutes CX WORX
Sunday: 1 hour walk
I also did my PTT exercises and stretching every day, plus kept track of it all! (Having it recorded makes it so much easier to write these recaps.)
Do you know whats missing from this week? Yoga in a studio. It’s still a spring goal but this week was just too crazy to get there. The school system I work for has spring break this week, so last week everyone was cramming in everything to get done before they are off. I am taking a few days off next week, but it will be nice to catch up on work stuff and personal stuff. When life gets busy and stressful I think about what things I can cut out and something like yoga is usually the first to go. Especially when it’s my first time trying a new studio- that adds a whole new level of stress! At least I did some yoga at home.
How were your workouts last week?
Has another ever looked at your big toe strength as a source of injury?
What’s the first thing to go when you get busy/stressed?