I ' m starting to think I should get the prize for the longest injury . Here ' s my timetable :
November 2015 - pikermi PR
January 2016 - hyper colleague insisted on helping me move stage equipment that he didn ' t know how to move ( I was accustomed to moving it by myself and didn ' t need anyone being a " gentleman .") Result - sprained ankle .
March 2016 - Sprained ankle healed . Feral cat momma and kittens acquired and moved indoors , necessitating many trips up and down stairs . Ran a bit , but sinus infection prevented full return .
May 2016 - began running again in earnest , but very slowly and gradually .
June 2016 - peroneal tendons began popping painfully , the week before a long - planned anniversary hiking trip . Usual podiatrist not available , so cold - called and got an appointment with another . There may have been a reason this one had an opening . I was diagnosed ( correctly ) with peroneal subluxation . Prescribed " conservative treatment " ( incorrectly .) That meant one month in a cast , one month of PT , and one more month of rest and prescription NSAID . The more medical journal articles I read , the more I saw the phrases " high failure rate " and " rarely successful " in relation to conservative treatment of peroneal subluxation . But I think insurance requires trying it before an MRI is allowed . I ' d happily have paid for an MRI myself .
September 2016 - finally allowed to have MRI , which of course showed that I ' d had a tear of a peroneal tendon all this time . Wasted summer .
October 13 2016 - surgery to repair tendon . Surgeon blithely said I ' d be back to running in 6 - 8 weeks .
End of November 2016 - finally started PT - still on crutches . PT lasted till ...
End of April 2017 - when my insurance benefit ran out . I could walk fine , and run a little . PTs had watched me run , analyzed my gait , and given me exercises to correct imbalances in my hips and strengthen my toes and the other ankle . Ankle still bigger than the other one , and stiff , but perfectly trustworthy . I was the owner of two pairs of custom orthotics .
May 2017 - began a return to running . Very slowly and gradually - starting with intervals of one minute running , one minute walking .
June 2017 - pulled out my Newtons and did an interval run . After about the 4th interval I realized my big toe was hurting . I thought it was just a fleeting pain , but it has hurt off and on ever since when weightbearing . Two of my podiatrists have moved away , and a third one is not in my current medical practice , so I need a new one . My primary physician knew of my problem , so I thought I could get a referral by phone , but no - I have to go for a referral to the walk - in ( no pun intended ) clinic - which has very limited hours , all of which are times I teach . I ' m planning to cancel teaching next week to get there , and hopefully I won ' t have to wait a month for the appointment . I suspect sesamoiditis . My chiropractor suspects a bunion , my massage therapist turf toe . I wonder how fixable it will be since the main problem is that the ankle is still swollen and stiff .
Over the course of the last year and a half I ' ve gained a good bit of weight . For months my husband was doing all the shopping , and while I was in the cast and also after the surgery friends brought high - calorie meals , plus there might have been some comfort eating , too . I can walk and do the elliptical - but not for very long . I do ride a stationary bike , but even that starts to bother me after half an hour . Swimming is not my choice of exercise because I don ' t like soaking my violin callouses . But I know the extra weight is not helping the injury .
I ' ve tried not to post about this - really , it ' s no fun posting about non - running . I ' d love to hear some happy stories about folks who have survived long injuries and returned successfully to running ! I know it ' s going to be a long way back .