Why yes they do.
I wouldn’t actually qualify what’s going on with as an injury. I call it a pre-Injury. It would definitely be going in the direction of an injury. But after 15 years of running, I’m finally learning some temperance.
So I want to detail what’s going on as a means of helping people to understand. Maybe you can relate to some of this in the past, present, or future. Regardless I want to help in some capacity. So I’ll answer some questions
You said pre injury. What is that?
I was having discomfort that passed a threshold that I was comfortable with. It shifted from tightness to pain, and it was affecting my stride and pace. I felt it when I was walking around, sitting, and standing. I decided to stop running and shift to more cross training, mobility work, sleep, and treatment. I didn’t want to insist on continuing to run until it got to the point of being unbearable and an actual injury. So I’m going with the concept of a pre-injury. I’m not letting it escalate into an injury.
What is wrong?
In essence, I have pain in the outside portion of my left foot. I can feel aching, throbbing throughout the bottom of my foot by heel and along the pinky side of my foot. I had some point tenderness at the base of the outside of my heel. (Medical translation: the cuboid, 5th metatarsal)
When did this happen?
Well, like a lot of (pre) injuries, there wasn’t a specific moment. It didn’t happen after I sprained my ankle two weeks ago. I didn’t have a specific moment. In the next two weeks my left calf had been feeling tighter, and within the last week my foot felt tighter too. I knew something was up on Friday when I was running I could “feel” my foot the whole time. I still ran, walked to work, and then went for a walk later that day, because I just thought it was pass. Then on Saturday, while I was running, it never “warmed up.” It crossed over to pain, and I ran differently. It ached the whole car ride home, and then I had pain walking barefoot.
Why did it happen?
Of course there is rarely a single cause to an injury. So I'll detail all of the contributing factors
How are you going to address it?
I still plan on trying to do Loopy Bunny trail run on June 29th. I’ll keep reassessing this plan, and I’ll continue to do numbers 1-4 above. #1 will be particularly difficult as I start feeling better. I’m writing this in part to keep myself accountable.
So the point of my sharing this is to tell you that I get it. I get the mental and physical aspects of injuries. Also, I strongly encourage you to not let yourself move into that injury phase; stay in the pre-injury phase and begin to address it. If you aren’t sure what to do, let someone help you.
Remember knowledge is power but only if you use it.
I’ll report back about what I end up doing for Loopy Bunny.
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Drs. Chloe Costigan and John Giacalone are both physical medicine specialists, former competitive athletes, and strength and conditioning coaches.