I had my appointment with the sports orthopedist today.
He walked into the exam room and the first thing he said to me was that I was "the worst kind of patient to treat because I know exactly what is causing my pain and I choose to continue to do it". He also told me that "all runners get bad feet and that it won't get better and the only cure is to stop running."
Seriously?? If I was a pitcher that came in with shoulder pain would he have told me to stop playing baseball? I doubt it.
Why do runners get treated like second-class athletes?
The good news is that my x-rays looked great. No fractures, no heel spurs, nothing wrong that he could see. I have low arches (always have) but they aren't flat or collapsed. When I asked him what he thought my diagnosis was he said, "sore feet from running too much."
After pushing him to take me seriously he told me that he did not think it was plantar fasciitis (maybe just a little) but he did think it was probably some tibial tendonitis. He pushed expensive custom orthotics and gave me a script for them. I asked about trying Superfeet first (since they are tons cheaper and available now) and he said that was fine to try first. He said he did not have much else to recommend. I asked if cortisone shots could help because the PT had mentioned those as a possibility and he said, "Oh yeah, I like that idea. Let's do shots."
So, I got cortisone shots in both feet. YEEEEEEE-OUCH.
I have to take 48 hours off now, and then will continue with recovering (rest and significantly scaled back running) and I will keep icing, rolling, and stretching, and hopefully soon things will feel tons better. I told coach I was ready to sacrifice a goat if it would help (just kidding... sort of...)
I am sore and frustrated so I don't have any motivational quotes tonight. Anyone have one for me?
Anyone ever have cortisone shots? Did it help? Please say yes...
Anyone have a goat I could borrow? I kid, I kid....