Neuromas and A New Bike

As has become a running theme (pun intended) around here, I’m on the IR again.  My nagging foot pain became an “OMG this hurts to even walk on” pain.

 

I had an MRI.  As expected it didn’t show a neuroma, just scarring and fibrosis in the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal.  The treatment plan remains the same though, because apparently neuromas often do not show up on MRI.

I have talked about neuromas before but in case you aren’t familiar with them here a quick definition.

Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes.  It involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes and causes pain in the ball of your foot and numbness and tingling into the toes.

Oh Running? Why do you hate me so when all I do is love you?!

Usually cortisone injections, shockwave therapy, and multiple injections of a sclerosing agent into the neuroma are all effective treatment modalities and surgery is rarely required.

Unless you are me.   I have had all of these treatments, none have worked, and now I am  nearing the end of my rope.

I have not run a single step in over 6 weeks and just saw my podiatrist on July 16th.  He injected my foot with cortisone one last time and if this doesn’t do it, I will have surgery to remove my neuromas.

What have I been up to?

I have been doing a combo of yoga, body pump, and biking.

I can actually say biking now instead of just spinning since I just bought a bike!  Exciting right?!  I have always been a little curmudgeon-y (not a real word but go with it) about biking.  Most likely because I am intimidated by road biking and they only time I ever really bike is while on vacation.  We seem to always rent bikes on vacation and I love it.  Why I didn’t think it would translate to home I just don’t know.

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What else am I thinking?

I know I say this every time I get injured but this is the perfect time for me to incorporate more strength training into my routine.   I am even contemplating doing Kayla Itines, BBG program mostly because I simply adore her but also because the results people achieve are astonishing.

What do you do to get through an injury?

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