Jump to content
The Loop

Bloop

  • entries
    1,078
  • comments
    10,167
  • views
    66,872

Contributors to this blog

Who has dealt with a long injury cycle?


gdionelli

3,358 views

 Share

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.

 

 

  • Like 2
  • Sad 3
 Share

47 Comments


Recommended Comments



My longest was the 75% rupture of my right PF. Four months of rest, waiting for it to get better on it's own, then 6 weeks in the boot, 6 more weeks of nothing before 8 weeks of walking. THEN I started to run again. Nine months altogether. Injuries are the worst.

Edited by dave.schultz
  • Like 1
Link to comment

Ugh, injuries upon injuries of bad luck.  I'm sure it'll turn around, but I can not imagine being in your line lately.  Stay positive, and you'll get it back!

  • Like 1
Link to comment
54 minutes ago, Gonzo Runner said:

That's a serious rough patch, hope you're nearing the end of it. 

Worst I had was stubborn runner's knee on and off cor a couple years, but nothing like this. Once I finally got the right PT and strength regimen, beat it and have been running steadily since. Hang on, you'll get back there too. 

Me, too! I think the surgery is the wild card - I've never had a surgery so don't know whether to expect it ever to be back to "normal."

 

Link to comment
46 minutes ago, dave.schultz said:

My longest was the 75% rupture of my right PF. Four months of rest, waiting for it to get better on it's own, then 6 weeks in the boot, 6 more weeks of nothing before 8 weeks of walking. THEN I started to run again. Nine months altogether. Injuries are the worst.

They are indeed the worst! And that whole "I'm not getting any younger" thing makes me even more impatient - time's a wasting!

 

Link to comment

I wish I had an answer for you. Injuries suck. Long-term injuries suck the worst. The weight gain just adds insult to injury. Good luck finding your way back.

  • Like 1
Link to comment

You've had a rough couple of years.  I hope you'll see an end to the injuries soon.  

Intrigued by the swimming not being a choice because of violin callouses. (Studies guitar callouses)

  • Like 1
Link to comment
1 hour ago, Moose said:

You haven't specified what you would like as prize for your long-running injury.

A visit from my favorite Italian, of course!

  • Like 1
Link to comment

I wish you lived close enough to see my podiatrist.  I hope you find someone that can help.  I had lots of weird pains and dysfunction in my foot during my comeback.  I used a toe spreader for a while when I had lost a lot of strength in my foot.  It's like a little bit of gel that goes between your big toe and the next one.  It helped make my foot distribute weight more correctly.  I also taped for a really long time.

Check out this guy's blog: http://www.drblakeshealingsole.com/

You can search by injury/problem.  Also, if you write to him with your story, he will respond.  He was the one who sent me to my current pod and the only one who was able to help me.  Maybe he can recommend someone in your area, too.

I'm sorry that this has been going on for so long. 

  • Like 1
Link to comment

I feel like I have had some issue or another for over a year.  I hope we are both coming out of the injury cycle!

  • Like 1
Link to comment
4 hours ago, Bonnie_777 said:

I feel like I have had some issue or another for over a year.  I hope we are both coming out of the injury cycle!

Good healing vibes coming your way from me!

Link to comment
14 hours ago, Keep Running Girl said:

I wish you lived close enough to see my podiatrist.  I hope you find someone that can help.  I had lots of weird pains and dysfunction in my foot during my comeback.  I used a toe spreader for a while when I had lost a lot of strength in my foot.  It's like a little bit of gel that goes between your big toe and the next one.  It helped make my foot distribute weight more correctly.  I also taped for a really long time.

Check out this guy's blog: http://www.drblakeshealingsole.com/

You can search by injury/problem.  Also, if you write to him with your story, he will respond.  He was the one who sent me to my current pod and the only one who was able to help me.  Maybe he can recommend someone in your area, too.

I'm sorry that this has been going on for so long. 

Thanks, KRG! My chiro suggested it might be a bunion, so I tried a toe spacer for a while. It just hurt. I also used yoga toes, which were fine, but you can't wear them for long. So then I tried just wearing Injinji socks. What I found, even with the lightest weight Injinjis, was that the right foot didn't even notice them, but the left foot got quite sore and tired. I don't know what that means!

I've thought about taping, but since I don't really know what I'm dealing with I haven't investigated fully.

I have gotten an appointment with the top ankle/foot doc in our area. Appointment is in three weeks. We'll see what transpires.

Thanks for the link. That looks pretty interesting. 

  • Like 1
Link to comment

You know mine... 9 months of nothing, another several months before I felt like I was actually running without pain, apprehension, panic, etc. Your timeline is far more brutal though, OMG. :( So sorry you've had this to deal with. I hope some light appears at the end of that long tunnel very soon! 

 

Edited by PegLeg
  • Like 1
Link to comment
18 minutes ago, PegLeg said:

You know mine... 9 months of nothing, another several months before I felt like I was actually running without pain, apprehension, panic, etc. Your timeline is far more brutal though, OMG. :( So sorry you've had this to deal with. I hope some light appears at the end of that long tunnel very soon! 

 

Thanks, Peg. At least you give me hope for a comeback...esp considering your recent spectacular PR!

Link to comment

My entire adult running career was punctuated with injury cycles until mid-2015.  Stress fractures that disrupted and ultimately prematurely ended collegiate running for me, stress fractures in my early 20s, tendon injuries, hip issues, and plenty of things that went un-diagnosed because I didn't want to pay to find out I needed some time off running.  It was always something!

Since I began working with a coach I haven't gotten hurt.  I have also improved my half PR from 1:27 to 1:20, and my marathon PR from 3:03 to 2:49.  I didn't race successfully from 2011-2014 due to various issues, and also gained weight during that time.  A comeback is definitely possible!  Aside from working with a coach, I have also been consistently strength training for the past couple of years, and am a major foam rolling fan -- but I think it's mainly the coach saving me from me over-training myself.

My previous Loop name was ForeverRun (a.k.a. Sara)

  • Like 1
Link to comment

I do think that strength training is crucial to staying uninjured. However, in my case, I don't think I had a chance to avoid my original sprain, given the circumstances. And once I was able to do PT I did build my strength up. I plan to ramp up the strength work again once we figure out what's going on with this toe.

Given all of your recent success, it's encouraging to know that it's been post-injury!  I haven't given up! Thanks for the supportive words.

  • Like 1
Link to comment

We are all an experiment of 1, and it took me years to find the right combination for me.  I have faith you'll find yours!

  • Like 1
Link to comment

May your new podiatrist have a silver bullet in his/her bag of tricks! I'm still looking forward to our doing a race together in our lifetime.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
4 minutes ago, SeniorRunner said:

May your new podiatrist have a silver bullet in his/her bag of tricks! I'm still looking forward to our doing a race together in our lifetime.

The prospect of running a race with SR might be just the ticket to keep me going!

  • Like 1
Link to comment

" Swimming is not my choice of exercise because I don't like soaking my violin callouses. "
- best excuse for not swimming I ever heard ;-)

" Feral cat momma and kittens acquired and moved indoors "
- good for you, thank you..

my personal injury record is four years, 1992 to 1996 with neuromas in both feet. Nothing the medical industry could provide helped, but Johnny Halberstadt at the Boulder Running Company showed me how to modify standard inserts with some orthopedic felt, to lift and separate (hm) the metatarsal bones and relieve the pain. The runner-up is three years from 2011 to 2014 with chronic insertional achilles tendinitis that still persists but is manageable with sufficient strength etc maintenance. Currently starting a new run at it, torn calf muscle, only six weeks so far but it isn't healing at all..

Ditch those Newtons - they push you forward onto the forefoot, really not a good idea if there is toe trouble. A nice cushy pair of Hokas is my recommendation.. in the meantime water running really works, though insanely boring.. maybe wear latex gloves or similar, to keep the calluses in shape.

Edited by Douglas Kretzmann
Link to comment

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...