Monday, July 27, 2009

Stress fracture

yep, went to the docs today and the xray revealed what I had started to expect. So foot is in a boot for the next three weeks while it heals. Bit of a bugger but at least I have some clarity on what's going on now and I should be fine again soon. I'm typically a good healer so we'll see.

Doc was a dick though. The conversation went something like this...

"So how did you do it?"

"I was running"

"So you're a runner?"


"How many miles a week do you run?"

"Quite a few..."


"Ummm, usually more like 60"

"Hmmm..." (with smug grin)"Maybe the human foot wasn't built to run 60 miles a week."

Cue biting of tongue!


  1. Isn't it nice how these local docs operate? Seriously, how hard is it to find someone who has a working knowledge of both medicine and sports, someone who is willing to 'think outside the box' to find the individualized solution that works best for YOU rather than what popular convention may seem to dictate?

    I had a similar experience with my hip issue earlier this year. I felt as if the doc completely lost interest in my case when he found out I was a rather high-mileage runner. I believe the exact response what, "Oh, you're a runner? There's your problem." Hey doc, if I wanted your canned response, I'd thumb through a textbook myself.

    Anyway, hope that you heal quickly and get things sorted for a good late fall/early winter marathon. You might consider incorporating a good calcium supplement in your diet. Seems to have worked for me... knock on wood.

  2. Hey Paul, you nailed it with the clarity you gained. Like you, I've had a rough year (so far) for running with pain, so I empathize.

    I suppose the human foot was more evolved to sit stable in an office of other pudgy guys for 40 hours a week.

    For what it's worth, I always thought you trained in too minimal of a shoe. With your gait and foot strike you may want to look into Newton shoes. You seem to be a solid mid foot striker. Just a thought.

    Good recovery to you.