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Monday, June 19, 2017

Injured, by Jove!

Bah! I was doing so well, I thought, but then injury struck! I have...a thing...wrong with my calf. Or shin. Or something.

I just put support everywhere to see if that would help.
A week and a half ago, I'd felt a knot in my calf, and took a few days off to let it loosen up. But I didn't give it enough time, and after last Tuesday's workout, my leg started to hurt. By the next morning, it hurt to put weight on it, and honestly, that hasn't really changed. I'm not sure what's wrong, but I can feel a lot of inflammation around the insertion points of the posterior tibialis. Although I feel the pain up on my shin, it's somewhat relieved by wearing arch compression. That makes sense, since that's where the distal insertion point is (if my tenuous grasp of anatomy serves me right). I discovered this minor fix because my leg hurt a lot while running around barefoot at the beach this weekend with my charming godchildren. It felt better once I put shoes on, so I decided to try arch support.

I'm not sure what's next. It's unusual that the intensity and quality of pain hasn't changed a full week after the initial injury, with total rest, but I'll give it another week before I decide if I should see a doctor. I've had a similar pain before, but it went away with rest, so maybe that's all I need.

Meanwhile, I'm missing some of the  free summer 2 mile races, so that's the worst!

6 comments:

  1. Ughhhh! Sorry to hear this. Hoping all you need are a few more days rest and it will resolve itself. I had a weird random calf injury a few years ago. Came on suddenly at the end of an easy run the day before a 5k. Of course I had to miss the race and then I cross trained a week. It felt like a knot or pull every time I walked. Fortunately it just went away after a week. I did have some massage, ultrasound, R.I.C.E. treatment during that time but I think the rest helped it the most.

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  2. So sorry to hear about your calf issues. I hope it's resolved quickly so you can hit the roads again! Sucks to miss free races and especially something like 2 mile that you don't get a chance to race often. I say go ahead and make the doctor's appointment since it always takes them forever to get people in, then cancel it if it's not better by then (would hate for you to wait and call the doc then find out he is on vacation and/or booked solid for like 2 weeks and have to be out longer!)

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  3. Fingers crossed this one clears up quickly. Tendon issues are weird - they can linger, or vanish in an instant. I hope it's the latter for you.

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  4. Boo! I feel your pain. Like. Kind of literally. Hope you figure it out soon & it goes on its merry way.

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  5. Ouch - that sounds awful! I hope the pain has subsided. Those random aches and pains are so annoying to deal with!!

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  6. Sorry to hear about this! Hoping that this goes away as quickly as it came on.

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