"There's only one hard and fast rule in running: sometimes you have to run one hard and fast."
Thursday, August 15, 2013
End of the road?
Just got the final verdict on my heel injuries:
That broken bit of bone? That's supposed to be a tendon.
"We see a case this extreme once every 10 years, and we get athletes with this problem that we treat all the time, but an athlete this extreme is unique. If we do the surgery, there's better than a 50% chance we'd have to replace the tendon with your FHL tendon and then you'd have lessened ability to use your big toe. There's also better than a 50% chance we'd damage the nerve chain and you'd lose the sense of touch on the entire bottom of your foot. There's even a 50-50 chance the pain in your heel wouldn't be resolved. Rehab would take 6 months. And there's both heels to contend with, so a year. You can run now, though in pain, and there's a high risk you wouldn't be able to after healing from surgery."
Steve says hi. Like in the last line of a letter (remember when people wrote letters?) between two people who both know him. Like that. Hi.
Oh, and I write about running. 35 years and nearly 600 races thus far.