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Hurt Foot
Somehow I managed to hurt my foot last week. It's not a major injury, more on the scale of a pulled muscle... but it's inconvenient.

I think I did it on thursday, when I used my treadmill for four miles. I did a combination of jogging and walking -- I'm hoping to get myself used to running enough that I can run (albeit slowly) in the Race For the Cure next month. I haven't run long distances since my knee surgery two years ago. I've done tons of walking, and four miles is a reasonable distance for me to walk, but I've only done very little running.

The knee-surgery thing makes it extra strange that it should be my FOOT that is hurting. You'd think it would be my knee, if anything. But my knees are feeling fine. The only reason I can think of for my foot to be hurting is that I ran wearing my Sketchers instead of my normal running shoes. They're usually comfortable, and they've never bothered my feet walking, but maybe running is different?

Regardless, it's annoying me. More so yesterday and today than earlier this week, oddly enough. Probably because I was futzing with the injury yesterday. There is no tender area on the foot when I probe with my fingers, and it's not swollen; it only hurts when I flex my foot to walk on it. It almost feels like a muscle cramp, or a joint that needs to be cracked. So yesterday I walked on it, and I tried specifically to stretch the muscles and put extra pressure on that area, hoping that whatever feels off would just "pop" back into place.

It didn't, and if anything it started hurting worse. Oops. Okay, I've learned my lesson. No more stretching and playing with it, I'll let it rest for a bit. Maybe that'll fix it.

Today it still hurts when I walk much, but I've been mostly staying off it. (Except for when I forget.) It's also started doing this interesting thing where it creaks when I flex my ankle. I thought it was maybe my shoe leather that was creaking, but I took off my shoes, and I verified that it's not my pants rubbing weird or something. It's definitely underneath the skin. Weird!

Hopefully that means it's getting better.

I'm being good though, and not playing with the creakiness much. I'm also not walking much. I even took the elevator up after lunch. I'm trying to let it rest. With luck, tomorrow it'll feel more-or-less back to normal.

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egon010 From: egon010 Date: May 23rd, 2006 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, something I find that happens sometimes is that nursing for favoring some body-part results in overuse/strain of another part.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 23rd, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh yeah, that would make sense.... Darn this getting-older-thing anyway!
nishar From: nishar Date: May 23rd, 2006 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Is the pain in the arch of your foot, between the heel and the ball of your foot: right in the middle of your foot?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 23rd, 2006 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
No, it's on the outer edge, next to the arch, and into the ball of my foot. All toward the outside though, the littler-toe side.
nishar From: nishar Date: May 23rd, 2006 04:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know anything about that. I hurt my foot in the middle part and had to use crutches for two weeks as a result. I hope your injury doesn't need crutches.
thelifeofbrian From: thelifeofbrian Date: May 23rd, 2006 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
It always seems to me that it's the second day after a sports injury that really hurts. Then, it starts getting better. You'll probably be fine for the Race.

I ALWAYS wear high-quality run shoes when I run. How you land on your feet affects everything else, and trouble there propogates up. Stretching is helpful more as a preventative thing -- before and after the exercise, though that's never been my strong point.

Good news: This morning, for the first time since I hurt my knee in January, my morning running distance is finally over 3 miles.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 23rd, 2006 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah... it wasn't smart of me not to change shoes. The running was semi-spontaneous though, which is why I wasn't appropriately equipped.

I love stretching, I always stretch after I exercise. I tend to think it'll cure anything, even when in some cases it clearly won't!

That's good to hear, congratulations. It's a nice feeling when you see your body finally healing again.
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 23rd, 2006 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
It hurts on the outer edge, next to the arch, and into the ball of my foot. Mostly just when I step on it, and particularly when I left my heel off the ground as I walk. All toward the outside though, the littler-toe side.

The creaking part is on the top of my foot, between my outer ankle bone and to just above the injured spot. It's weird because I seriously thought it was my shoes making noise, like leather or plastic rubbing against itself! I had to remove the shoe in order to realize it was just my foot. My joints make plenty of popping and cracking noises too, but this creaking thing is new to their repitoire. (:

Yep, I will definitely remember to put on my running shoes before running next time. This is what I get for spontaneously deciding to try some jogging, I guess. Ah well, it will heal soon I'm sure.
elizilla From: elizilla Date: May 23rd, 2006 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)
You might take some ibuprofen for it. If it's a cramp or spasm, the muscle relaxant will help.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 23rd, 2006 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good suggestion, thanks. (:
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