My doctor who is also a runner has advised me not to run for 4 weeks due to a foot injury. This was just over 5 weeks before my next 10K (21 Nov). I am allowed to do non impact exercise so have been replacing my runs with Swimming and using Bike and Crosstrainer in the gym in an attempt to maintain fitness.
Before the lay off i was running 25 miles a week with my long run at 10 miles. I am due back at the doctors about 10 days before the race. Assuming I am given the OK to run do you think I will be capable of doing a 10K if I do a few gentle runs in the 10 days running up or am I being unreasonable? I realise i wont break any records but can't quite bring myself to think its all over.
Its a long story so I will try and be brief. Back in February i started having paid in the ball of my foot during and after running which I put down to needing new trainers. The pain never faded and I started getting shooting pains in my toes too and it got to the point where the only shoes I could wear were wooden clogs as anything else made the front of my foot feel as though it was being crushed. My GP suspected Mortons Neuroma and referred me for a scan. By the time the scan came about (July) the problem in the ball of my foot had disappeared but the toe issue remained. The scan showed inflamed toe joints I was given cortisone, took a couple of weeks off running as advised, eased back in gently and all seemed well. Then about 6 weeks later I started getting niggles in my toes again so treated myself to 2 new pairs of trainers so I could alternate and dropped from 4 to 3 runs a week so i always had a rest day after running. I have also seen the article about alternative ways to lace trainers and have adjusted mine for a wide forefoot. My trainers have 1 thumb width of space between the end of my big toe and the end of the shoe. The toe next to my big toe has now got a lump on the joint so it is now hooked and the toe next to that has a black nail which I cover with micropore before I run. I am back to being only able to wear clogs or trainers as I get a crushing paid in my toes and across the top of my foot if I try anything else.
I realise inevitably I need to go back to my GP but have little confidence this will be resolved without being told to stop running. Has anyone else had this or have any idea how I can deal with it? I love running and am doing my 4th 10K in November and am hoping to do my first half (Leeds) in May but as my foot hurts almost all the time I don't know how realistic this is.
I have had cortisone injections 2 weeks ago for what was suspected Mortons Neuroma but the scan showed inflammation in the toe joints. I had similar pain to what you described and shooting pains in my toes also. I took 10 days off running (was advised to take a week) and have done about 20 miles this week with no pain. So far so good.