It all started during Bloomsday last year. The pain was a convenient cop-out for not running up Doomsday Hill. I had been running better than I thought possible. I wasn’t tired. I was in a great stride, comfortable, and enjoying the race. And then I wasn’t any more.
What began as a twinge in the ball of my foot quickly turned into “WHAT THE H#LL IS WRONG WITH MY FOOT!?!?!” It was so bad that I ended up jog-walking almost the entire final half of the 12k. More walking than jogging. That’s 6k, give or take a k. As in almost 4 miles.
But I was mad at myself. And my foot.
That pretty much ended my running last spring, until late summer when I decided to give it a try again. The thing is, my foot wasn’t the same as before Bloomsday. It felt like there was something “in there”– inside the ball of my foot. When I ran, my toes would go numb.
Anyone who knows me, knows that while I enjoy running, I am quick to make excuses why I can’t run or exercise. This was easy. It was a convenient reason not to run.
So did I do anything about it? Of course not, until recently.
The podiatrist and me, we hit it off. He’s a pretty cool guy. He told me that I’ve already been doing what he would initially recommend (
make excuses for not running cut way back on the running, and get good shoes), but since it hadn’t helped, it was time for the next step in treatment. I had x-rays, which showed I don’t have any breaks. What they also didn’t show is what he is sure that I have: A neuroma.
From what I recall from my Medical Terminology classes when I was going to school to be a Medical Assistant, a neuroma is a small tumor or growth on a nerve. And according to Dr. Foot, neuromas are not unusual in runners and other active people. Mine is on the nerve between my 3rd and 4th tarsal joints.
Let me just say that anyone who says that cortisone injection “should make it feel a lot better” is leaving out vital information. It burns like son of a gun first. And the getting better is a process.
I endured 5 days of weird foot pain, including the entire ball of my foot feeling like it was bruised. I also had nerve twinges that felt like electricity shooting from my heel to my toes when I walked barefoot. It was truly bizarre, but it’s over.
Now that it’s starting to feel better, I think I’ll try a short run.