The Last Thing You Want to Hear

As I mentioned, my feet have been bothering me.  For instance, after the Tower of Ten Miler {RIP} I could not enjoy the party because the bottoms of my feet ached.  As I prepped for the race, I noticed that the horseshoe as I call it around my heels were in a ton of pain.  When I got out of bed in the morning after a run of any length I have to tip toe around the apartment until I could put weight on my heels, particularly my left foot.  For months I have been doing what any good runner does — I ignored it.  I finally decided that if I was going to have a good race in January, I need to go into it healthy.  So, I got a podiatrist and went this week for my appointment.


And I heard exactly what I didn’t want to hear — it’s your Achilles.

Let me back up.

The nurses took x-rays of my feet and when I saw them I was super relieved.  All those little boneys look pretty much in tact.


Then, the great Dr. Serlo came in and lamentably he stretched my feet around and started poking around my heels.  My left foot was SCREAMING.  Please don’t poke there I gritted.  Then he had me walk barefoot down the hall.  When we got back to the exam room he said it’s so obvious what’s wrong.  It’s your Achilles he said.  It’s too tight.  Then he said, Lauren, don’t look at me like that, I said it’s tight, not that you have cancer.  He was glad I came in so that i could start PT immediately.  He recommended the PT that HE goes to for his running injuries {I’m obsessed with him, natch}.  I start on Monday.

Then, he showed me the x-rays of my foot and talked about overpronation.  My favorite thing that I’ve learned today is my big toe is too short!


My other toes and the pad of my foot bears the brunt of my runs.  I even managed to crack my sesmoid during my last training cycle.  Woops!  Luckily, that little bugger heals itself.

So, while a runner never ever wants to hear that there’s an issue with their Achilles, I feel like it was a much better prognosis than it could have been and honestly a lot better than I even thought.

Have you ever been afraid to go to the doctor?

4 thoughts on “The Last Thing You Want to Hear

  1. Steffany Smith Rubel (@sas_rubel) says:

    When I was training for Pittsburgh in 2013, I knew I needed to go to the doctor. I went two days after finishing with them threatening to put me in a boot. I decided to listen and heal up my poor foot on my own. I am so glad you went! We have so many things to do!

  2. Lauren H. (@pghlauren) says:

    Right after my FIRST race (the Pittsburgh Marathon 5k this year), I spent 6 weeks in PT for Achilles tendonitis. It was pretty frustrating since I had so much momentum from the first race, but I tried to focus on strength training at PT until they told me I could run again!

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