Most of you know that running hasn't been going so great for me the last two years due to injuries. At IM Cozumel last year the marathon was a disaster due to GI issues and plantar fascitis, then this year I thought I was plagued with achilles tendonitis- so I thought.
I tried rest (seriously), icing, physical therapy, medication, shots, etc., all to no avail- the bottom part of my ankle (back of my heel) would NOT STOP hurting! I DNF'ed a 1/2 Iron this year b/c it so bad and I didn't want to do further damage to it. This was NOT OK with me.
|NOT my hairy leg- just showing you where it hurt!|
|not my actual X-Ray either... sorry. Mine is similar though.|
WHY is this a bad thing?
Yes, my achilles tendon is going OVER the bone spur, causing friction, and a painful bursa. It hurts while doing everyday activities, but it's particularly painful while running. He told me that I wouldn't do any "extra damage", and gave me permission to run on it to train through the final block and race IMAZ. Owies, but I got the job done (you gotta want it.)
What are the causes of this? How did I get it?
- Sometimes called a "pump bump"...women who frequently wear high heels that rub against the area may cause the bone the calcify due to the stress placed on it... (Nope. At the MOST, I wear heels 2x/week, if at all)
- Tendency to walk on the outside of your heel- the inward rotation causes the bone to grind against the tendon. (Nope)
- High arches (YUP!) - the heel bone tilts backward into the tendon
- Tight calves/achilles tendon (DING DING DING!!) Lots of pressure on the bone since the tendon is tight and rubbing on it would cause it to calcify. Talk about the important of foam rolling and stretching...jeez.
It's not going to go away... so the doc suggested shaving the extra bone off.
They won't have to detach the achilles tendon to get to it (THANK GOODNESS)- if they did, recovery could take 4-6 months. BAAAD.
My doc told me that I could probably be back on the trainer and in the pool within 2-3 weeks, and back to running within 4-6 weeks. So that means I'll "recover" through the Holidays, start back up around January 1, and be running by the end of that month!
It sucks, but this is definitely the right time of the year to do it. I'm pretending like I'm not nervous at all... everything is going to go perfectly, and I'll be running injury-free next year, right??