Yup, in the pool. Stupid right heel. It's not totally clear what's wrong with it - the normal conclusion would be plantar fasciitis, but I know plantar fasciitis, and this doesn't feel quite like it (though the longer I stay off of my feet, the more I start getting that tell-tale stiffness in both feet).
My podiatrist originally diagnosed infra-calcaneal bursitis, but then we decided to get an MRI since some of my symptoms pointed to it maybe being a stress reaction in the calcaneus (if so, caught very early).
It's fairly important to know exactly what it is, since the proper treatment differs for each condition, and treating it as one could set me back if it's something else.
- plantar fasciitis - stretching, eccentric calf dips, Graston/dry needling, roll foot out with golf ball, maybe NSAIDS, plus gentle running.
- bursitis - max out the NSAIDS, minimize the weight bearing activity, touch heel as little as possible.
- stress reaction - bone stim, absolutely no NSAIDS, minimize weight bearing activity, touch heel as little as possible, maybe boot.
I got the MRI done on Saturday morning, and of course I booted up the disc of images as soon as I got home. (Don't judge, I can't be the only person that does this). I have no idea what I'm seeing when I look at these images, except that it's a foot (probably mine - it's pretty cute) and that that there's no metal objects in my foot (I knew that anyway). Hopefully I'll get the official report and findings on Tuesday or Wednesday.
|Of course, like any idiot with an imagination |
and an internet connection, I self-diagnose. Looking at this,
I keep thinking that little lump ain't supposed to be there.
Dunno if I'm right, or what it is, though.
PF? Bursa? Mark of Cain?