By Sunday afternoon, my foot didn’t hurt anymore (I didn’t run on it – that helped), so I bought the shoes I said I wasn’t going to buy. Then I took Monday off entirely (because my foot hurt while I was testing the shoes at the store) and biked Tuesday – still no running. Wednesday, my foot didn’t hurt all day, so I figured I’d test it out. It was not a good test. I didn’t even make it half a mile before I could feel the discomfort coming back, so I walked back home and called my new doctor (who I haven’t actually met yet – I have an appointment for late May). They have after-hours appointments with PAs, and they had one for that night at 6:45, so I went.
Inconclusive, of course, but the PA said he didn’t think it was a stress fracture (which was my worst case scenario, according to Google) because it doesn’t hurt ALL the time and I can stand on it without pain (after the pain from running has receded). Basically, I should use ibuprofen and see if it goes away. He said I could run if I can handle it, and if it doesn’t go away in another week or two, I should see a podiatrist and maybe get a bone scan.
Eugene is TrackTown, USA. I must run.