...and I have plantar fasciitis in my left foot and tendonitis in my Achilles tendon on my right leg. This is pretty much exactly what I thought the doctor would say, but it is good to have it officially diagnosed. Sadly, this confirmation also means I have to face the grim reality that I'm done being a runner for a while. My doctor told me that I cannot run and that I have to work up to being able to walk 4 miles without pain before I can even think about running. After walking around a shopping center this weekend and having massive pain afterwards, I am sad to say I'm not even close to being able to walk 4 miles.
I feel like I'm hitting reset.
Even when I can walk 4 miles without pain, the doctor said I can't start running like I'm used to. I have to run for a couple minutes, stop, walk, then try again a few minutes later. It's totally disheartening.
However, I want to take this diagnosis seriously and do what I have to do to get better. If I don't listen and do the things she recommended now, I'll be dealing with this problem for even longer than I already am going to be. Want to see something a bit depressing?
That's the prognosis for the plantar fasciitis. The doctor said something pretty similar. She said my swelling is so bad that I actually have a cyst in my foot. Lovely. No wonder it hurts so bad! My prescription for my anti-inflammatory pills is good for a year. That's not encouraging! I definitely don't want to be taking meds a year from now for this same problem. I'm hoping I can beat the odds and feel better within 4-6 weeks. Nine months is a long time to wait before I can actually do the things I want to do. I'm just going to have to learn patience! :)
So anyway, that's where I'm at. Looks like I will be doing a lot of weight lifting and walking in my future. I'm hoping for a speedy recovery. Wish me luck!