My long distance long doctor responded to my blog post about my newest injury via email. He’s about the most trusted person I know regarding sports injury, and here are his bullet points (with commentary from me):
Nice blog. (Okay, I left this in here because it was a really great compliment.)
#1 – Sounds like an acute injury- probably from soccer. (Oh soccer, how I love you, and how you always hurt me.)
#2 – Pain hasn’t had a chance to increase or decrease yet – you just injured it. (Touche.)
#3 – You don’t yet know if the pain persists with rest – you haven’t rested yet. (Touche again.)
#4 – You haven’t yet identified a specific spot on a bone in your foot that is a trigger point.
#5 – The injury could just as easily be a ligament, or other tissue – wearing a shoe could decrease the pain in such a case. (Ooo, actually I seem to have noticed that wearing an athletic shoe seems to increase the pain, while wearing a slip on decreases it.)
#6 – Give your foot some ice and rest – call me in the morning and I can prescribe a couple of aspirin – actually ibuprofen. (I <heart> ibuprofin. It’s my go-to pain medication.)
#7 – Wrap your foot if that makes it feel better and you need to walk around. (I haven’t tried this, mostly because I had my foot wrapped at soccer and it hurt after that, almost as if it was swelling after I played.)
#8 – About the hypochondriac – interesting idea, but I suspect that you are not a wimp and it actually hurts you – now about projecting to the worse case scenario…(Fathers have the unfair advantage of knowing their daughters too well…)
Back to just me again.
While the pain has subsided, I have refrained from anything high impact (or any impact) other than the walking necessary to get through my day. Luckily, today I literally swam, and then spent on the couch, doing job hunting and writng from home. My foot feels better, and hopefully can survive biking around Santa Barbara this weekend.
If you are injured, rest and ice, my friends. And ibuprofin at regular intervals to keep it in your system if need be!