Friday, March 5, 2010

Toes on Fire

A few years ago when I lost 45 pounds, I worked out. I worked out a lot.
Once in a while, I would get numb toes. Once in a while, they would feel like they were on fire.
Since I started this weight loss journey back in January of this year, I've been running and working out 5-6 days a week.
My toes get numb one minute and then they're on fire the next.
It's not pleasant, and it feels like it's been getting worse.
I thought it was normal because the pain would go away every so often when I would curl my toes as I'm running. I also thought maybe I was running "wrong."
Well... I did a little research online two nights ago, and I "self-diagnosed" it as Morton's Neuroma.
It sounds scary, doesn't it?
I looked at several sites, and they said the name just sounds scarier than it actually is.
However, if left untreated and gets worse, it can lead to nerve damage.
THAT sounds scary!
So I took my butt over to a podiatric foot and ankle surgeon yesterday to have it checked out.
I have all of the classic symptoms in my toes:
*tingling
*burning
*numbness
*pain
*a feeling that something is inside the ball of the foot,
or that there's a rise in the shoe or a sock is bunched up
The surgeon squeezed my toes together, and I felt the nerve tissue almost go "pop" on both feet.
The surgeon treated me with 2 alcohol sclerosing injections in my right foot. She wanted to do the left foot, but our lovely health insurance doesn't like that. I have to wait a couple of weeks to see if these injections worked in my right foot to get the injections in my left foot. In this treatment, the doctor injects a small amount of alcohol in the area of the neuroma area to help harden (sclerose) the nerve and relieve the pain. Injections are given every 7–10 days and, in many cases, 4–7 injections are needed for maximum relief.
I'm used to getting shots, but not on my foot!
I really hope that these shots work because I really enjoy running now.
The surgeon also told me to stay away from running for now. I can only go on the stationary bike.
That stinks.
Can you believe I'm complaining about not being able to do some kind of exercise?
I can't believe my ears either.
Anyway, I'm really bummed.
The "up side" of this is that I'm taking care of it BEFORE it gets worse.
I'm glad I'm taking care of it early on before my first 5k (November 2010).
Friday's Plan
30 minutes stationary bike, 10 minute abs, 30 minutes upper body with free weights
2 corn tortillas, 1/6 cup lowfat cheese, 1 oz. roast beef
7 almonds
2 corn tortillas, 1/6 cup lowfat cheese, 1 oz. roast beef
7 almonds
6 oz. grilled salmon, freshly sauteed green beans with garlic

Saturday's Plan
30 minutes stationary bike, 10 minute abs, 30 minutes upper body with free weights
2 corn tortillas, 1/6 cup lowfat cheese, 1 oz. roast beef, 1 apple
7 almonds
2 corn tortillas, 1/6 cup lowfat cheese, 1 oz. roast beef, 1 pear
7 almonds
chicken stirfry with veggies, 1/2 cup white rice

Sunday's Plan
rest day
2 corn tortillas, 1/6 cup lowfat cheese, 1 oz. roast beef, 1 apple
7 almonds
2 corn tortillas, 1/6 cup lowfat cheese, 1 oz. roast beef, 1 pear
7 almonds
chicken stirfry with veggies, 1/2 cup white rice

Have a happy and healthy weekend!
I'll see you all here on Monday!

5 comments:

Integrity Daily said...

Thanks for the reminder: 'If something doesn't feel right, get it checked' I'm stubborn and NEVER go to the doctor. In your case, very necessary! Hope treatment works and you're back to running soon.
-ID

BEE said...

great plans
hope your foot gets better soon
i couldnt imagine the pain
have a great weekend

Buzzy & Breezelys Mama said...

Foot pain is never fun and especially when it could lead to permanent damage. I'm glad you are doing something to remedy it!! I wish there was more I could do for my fascitis. UGH! Let us know how the shots work.. (((shivers))) I don't like the thought of shots in my feet.

Barbara said...

Ouch! Shots in the foot can't feel good! I'm glad you got it checked out early on. I hope the shots work and you can get back to running soon!

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