In true Zesty Nerd fashion, I've been stopped in my tracks by another injury. I was playing soccer last week when I went for the ball and suddenly found myself rolling on the turf in pain, pain that shot from toes to hip. I cried... a lot, and since I was subbing in on another team I was also surrounded by strangers. Thankfully I have no shame.
I was weary to even take my shoe off, but when I did I was left with a quickly swelling right foot that I couldn't move. Well, I could move it, but it hurt too much to do so willingly. With convenient timing, I haven't had to work or do much of anything since then, and Christmas festivities made it easy to skip the gym for a few days.
The swelling subsided a bit while bruising set in. I have been able to walk pain-free since Friday, but there is shooting pain if my foot is bumped or hit... or God-forbid the hubs kicks it while sleeping. Stomping to get the snow off my shoes? Ouch. And if I gently tap the top of my 2nd met there is a tingling sensation through the 1st and 2nd toes.
The good news is that the xrays were clear for a fracture, meaning that I probably don't have one. The xrays were also negative for significant Lisfranc injury, which is what the ortho had initially suspected. We discussed the option of an MRI, but I declined in true physical therapist fashion, and my ortho thought it was a reasonable choice. He probably would have sent me off with a PT script, but he trusted I could handle the necessary stretching and strengthening on my own.
So what am I dealing with and where do I go from here?
- Overall LE strengthening and stretching. After a week my hip flexors are already weaker and toe extensors tighter.
- Resume activities, including running, as I see fit as long as it doesn't cause pain.
- Loosen up my laces or re-lace my shoes, especially running shoes, to decrease pressure on my 2nd met.
- Monitor my nerve symptoms. I'll need to head back to the ortho and start talking EMG if that doesn't resolve in 6 weeks.
Overall, I am feeling pretty hopeful that things aren't nearly as bad as they first appeared. Soccer will be on hold for a bit, but I have higher hopes for running and can't wait to test it out!