The diagnosis and game plan

Yesterday Mike took me to San Francisco and bought me a new foot. Some assembly is required though.

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Ha, I only wish that were the case!

In all realness, Mike has been nothing short of incredible. He took the day off work to drive to SF and insure the world that SCB wouldn’t murder anyone in traffic. Also so we could use the carpool lane. Duh. I owe him big time!

We got there extra early to do paperwork and X-Rays. While waiting for the foot and ankle surgeon to come talk with us, I chilled out and enjoyed the warm sunshine. SF is notoriously known for having cold & foggy summers, but it was sunny and 75. So I started singing sunshine and whiskey. Or not.

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The diagnosis: Sesamoiditis. 

The prognosis: It can take up to an entire year to heal. #wannabet

The causes:

  • After hip surgery, I walked funky because I never used crutches. Well, my gait has changed so much since then, my feet can’t seem to catch up.
  • I have “skinny foot problems.” Which means I have very little padding on the bottom of my feet which makes them extra sensitive. Mike offered to donate fat from his butt to be injected in my feet. Now that’s love, folks.
  • My new custom orthotics need to be adjusted. The firm part stops just before the big toe joint which is counter productive when you’re dealing with sesamoid flare ups. The big toe joint needs firm support. Luckily it’s quite easy and common to send them back for adjustments, so I’m confident we can get them adjusted. Heck for the amount they charge, they better!

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The game plan:

  • The goal right now is to offset pressure from the sesamoid bones so they have a chance to heal. One of the most effective ways to do that is to use dancer pads. I bought a couple reusable gel pairs of Dr Jills foot pads on Amazon.
  • Stretch the achilles, calves & hamstrings. Tight muscles shorten, which contribute to the mechanics of the foot. Stretching will help lengthen those muscles and in turn help alleviate foot pain.
  • Strength train with a focus on hips & glutes. I did a post with pics & descriptions of some of the exercises I like awhile back if you are interested.
  • Get back into the pool. This is something that I used to do all the time and now, well, if we’re being truthful I kinda burned myself out.
  • Find some new exercises or fitness classes I CAN do. Any non foot weight bearing suggestions are very much welcomed.
  • Ice and rest as much as possible.
  • Watch The Girls Next Door with Bam and drink iced coffee. #leduh

While waiting, I saw this “return to running” file and knew I was in the right place. Because one day…

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Some things I want to look into:

Maybe try some new to me, non traditional things like bone broth, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12, Turmeric, Collagen, Glucosamine/Chondroitin and upping vitamin C and magnesium. I know there is no magic pill, but maybe they can help?

Can someone please run for me???????

Who’s on the injured list too?

Anyone ever dealt with sesamoiditis? Please share your experiences, what worked for you, what didn’t etc.

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3 Comments on “The diagnosis and game plan

  1. I have AVN. This past year I’ve had in the leg with AVN: a calcareous stress fracture, an ankle stress fracture and now recovering form a tibia plateau fracture. The last was caused from being rear ended, but still in the weak leg that has no stability and minimal strength. I’ve been a runner for years. I knew I had AVN, but honestly it does not bother me unless I’m immobilized and cannot be active. I discovered that my weak hip & glute muscles needed serious attention to stabilize and not put all the force onto my limbs. The doctors told me I should not run anymore. I now swim and spin regularly along with serious weight lifting. My PT at Mayo Clinic hooked me up with a personal Pilates instructor who is teaching me to use those muscles again & the right way and to use my traverse abs instead of my hip flexors. Pilates may be something you want to look into to strengthen your hip region.

  2. I’m on the injured list too (I actually found your blog googling “labral tear surgery runner”). 🙁

    I have a labral tear and I’m on the fence now about getting surgery. I’m a runner and martial artist and terrified of what will happen if I do the surgery and what will happen if I don’t.

    In any case, my thoughts are with you! I’m with Megan above when she recommends swimming and pilates (the rack pilates could be great for you). Good luck!

    (now I’m going to read your archives and follow your blog from now on).

  3. I have been too on and off constantly. I had my hamstring reattached to the pelvic bone and it was an awful recovery but overall that side is 110 percent amazing. However my other side is a part I tear and sucks because I don’t have a game plan. I would rather tear it off and get surgery again. I’m mentally drained. As I side kick I also have chronic capsulitis n my foot within I’m sure and zero fat pad.jenje

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