So I have a broken foot. Yes. A. Broken. FOOT. I know I’ve been quiet for a while, but when you’re a fitness blogger with an injury that will only let you do one legged planks and tricep dips (so that’s fun then), you find you don’t really have much to say.
My foot’s been wonky for a while, I’ve even used it to excuse why I’ve fallen over thin air after a few proseccos, but I’ve kinda been ignoring it. The problem was, I was starting to get shooting pains through my foot not only after I had been running, but when I was simply laying down too. I knew there was a problem.
It turns out that my big toe hasn’t been doing what it should and my other toes were taking all the weight. Whilst this apparently isn’t too much of a problem for muggles, for an obsessive compulsive marathon runner (I’m coining the term OCMR), it’s a real pain in the arse…and the foot…and in fact the whole bloody leg.
So, the official diagnosis was ‘Wonky Foot’ and the bad news was that surgery was the only way to fix it. On the plus side, it explained a lot and explains why I was getting frequent injuries in my right leg, it was all related to a gradual change in gait to account for my wonkiness.
So I had a choice:
- Don’t have surgery, continue to be wonky and struggle to run, but always have an excuse for prosecco based tumbles
- Have surgery, have an injury that would stop me exercising for a while and lose the prosecco based tumble excuse, but potentially get fixed and comeback stronger
Before I had a chance to change my mind I was booked in for surgery.
Apparantly the procedure was fairly simple, they break the bone, realign it with pins and sew it back up to leave a double-hard action man scar. Of course when I tell the scar story later it’ll involve a crocodile and the heroic rescue mission of an adorably cute puppy…
So this is my Frankenstein’s Monster foot. Just be grateful it’s the post-manicured picture:
After being pretty much housebound for the dullest 2 weeks ever, I was finally allowed out to play again last week for Christmas fun (you know the, sensible, well planned out controlled type of fun we all dream of), it made me so happpppyyyy!
Sensible, controlled fun has never really been my strong point so after a few mulled wines on Saturday morning (yes morning, it’s December, it’s fine), I found myself jumping (OK hopping) at the chance to participate in the Chaser pint mile relay!
It’s pretty easy, you just drink your pint as quickly as you can, run around the track as fast as you can, then tag the next person. I went 4th in our team to avoid getting in anyone’s way and succeeded in completing a 3 legged hobble of the track putting our team firmly in, ahem, last place. Honestly, I have never been more excited to go around that bloomin track!
So, it’s been nearly 3 weeks and my broken foot is on the mend. Not being able to run, or indeed fit my foot into anything other than an Ugg boot, is driving me completely insane but it’s Christmas so I’m trying to to chill out and let myself heal. Who would have thought relaxing would actually be so challenging?
Hopefully I’ll be back in my trainers very very soon and I can work on my #ComeBackStronger approach. In the meantime I still have these memories to remind me what I know I can do and a whole lot of sensible, controlled festive fun to look forward to 🙂
6 thoughts on “The one where they told me I needed foot surgery”
Oh I’m so sorry to hear that! I can’t imagine how frustrating that must be!
Soooo frustrating! Trying to see the long term gain though. Hope you’re well 🙂
Some heavy irony here…I just broke my ankle! I’m going to need to pick your brain on how to say sane/maintain fitness/not get hugely fat during the recovery process!
Oh nooooo, I’m sorry that’s rubbish! Hope you’re OK. I stayed sane with a floor workout of abs, arms and glutes, I figured it was better than nothing! Make sure you take the rest you need though and enjoy some festive fun!
How frustrating, but you WILL come back stronger. Be patient and enjoy the festive fun. You’ll be running again before you know it.
Oh I hope so! Thank you, I’m allowed back in the gym now so trying to at least keep active!