Three weeks ago I aggravated my tarsal tunnel syndrome to the worst it’s ever been. For the last 21 days I have been living in agony while my ankles have vibrated, ached, pained, splintered, and I have been barely been able to walk.
I’ve had to put on hold my running (ACK!!) and have had to go down in weight while lifting. Thankfully, my classes have been over the last 2.5 weeks – although new boot camp classes start this week.
I’ve had some massage therapy – and I’ve got a great boyfriend who’s been wonderfully massaging my ankles while we’re home. But there’s a lot of puffiness and bruising – which was concerning.
I finally got into the doctor today and she confirmed the tarsal tunnel aggravation and says there’s likely some tendonitis in there as well. Although, she too is concerned about the swelling and bruising. (My colleague told me I had a case of “O.L.D.” – but the doctor said I was still young -ha!)
Needless to say, it’s been a tough couple of weeks. Not being able to run (or walk, for that matter) it’s race season!! -, having to go down in weight when strength training, etc. I have had to make some decisions and some sacrifices. It sucked, but it had to be done. This is the worst flare of tarsal tunnel I’ve ever had and I need it to go away. Fortunately, it has been subsiding the last few days, but my joints are still very tender to the touch.
I will continue to take it easier – although with the start up of teaching my classes again this week my “easy” is a bit limited. I have to doctor’s go-ahead, but with the orders to “go light” and ice when finished.
My biggest annoyance is not being able to run. This is the longest hiatus from running I’ve taken in about a year and a half. I’m hoping to get back into it very soon. I have a race in June, dammit!!
I have an ankle massage scheduled for tomorrow and I’ll be icing them tonight. Hopefully this will pass soon and I can get back into it (semi) full throttle.