Yesterday, the podiatrist seemed to think that the way he wrapped my foot would bring instant relief, even after I remove the wrap. He said I could even go for a test run that night. That was a bit too optimistic. I rode my bike out to a soft trail (cedar chips, no asphalt), locked up the bike, took three excruciating steps on the trail, turned around, and got right back on my bike. That was way worse than before. When not running, it didn’t hurt, so part of what he said was true.
I followed his directions. I bought supportive insoles for my shoes, wore my running shoes (with insoles) around the house all day (as instructed – no barefoot walking for me), put them on again first thing this morning, and then went for a walk. The first half of the walk was fine. Second half, painful. (Not debilitating, just not normal.)
So. I’m doing what the doctor said. I still feel pain, but not all the time. Do I need a follow-up? Do I need more time to rest it? Should I be biking? Swimming? Yoga? Nothing? If I can’t run when he thought I’d be able to, is something more serious going on? Can I work myself into a frenzy without the use of Google or WebMD to tell me I’m dying?
I’m scheduling a follow-up.