Just realised I never did get round to further updates. Nothing to do with the plan, but an epic fail for me! Stopped running in April with a foot injury and have been out since. Hoping to start running again in September.
Having been referred to a consultant he advised bypassing x-ray and getting an MRI. After a long wait, I have the results and it is an 'inflamed swollen intermetatarsal bursa between the 1st and 2nd MTP joints'. He said the best way to describe it is like housemaid's knee in the foot.
Hoping to get prescription anti-inflammatories from a phone consultation today as I can't see a GP for a fortnight due to my practice changing the way they work. Used to be that you phoned on the day and were pretty much guaranteed an appointment; however, due to patient feedback they're now making most appointments pre-book able so you can wait ages!
Anyway, delighted to know that it is fixable, there's no degeneration in my foot at all - yeah! Worst case scenario it continues after 4 weeks of meds, I've got an appointment in 6 weeks time for a cortisone injection if required. I hope it wont be!