I feel sadly that as of late all of my blog posts have been dealing with injuries. So the question is how do you deal with your injuries?
Well here is how I do it:
First and foremost I try to figure out what is causing the injury.
Is it overuse?
Is a pull or a strain? If so can I pinpoint when it happened (during a movement or exercise)
What bothers the injury?
How can I effectively treat and recover from the injury?
When can I get back to training at 100% without fear of further injury/re-injury?
So lets use the issue I am having with my feet. I have been suffering from neuromas (see link for definition (http://www.apma.org/Learn/FootHealth.cfm?ItemNumber=987) in both of my feet for almost three years and have come to the end of my road and will have surgery November the 18th to have them removed.
Here is how I answered my five questions:
Overuse is potentially part of my situation, I have high mileage on these feet – martial arts, running, thousands of calf-raises, mountain biking and road cycling (the cleats put pressure on that area of the foot), and I am also on my feet most of the day with clients.
Can I pinpoint what caused the injury – not really but overuse, genetics (my Mother had the same issue), and age (I am now 45) are contributing factors.
What bothers the injury – at this point I feel it all day everyday. The more I move the more it hurts. So basically any continuous movement really feel uncomfortable. I can last about an hour doing marital arts and thats it.
Recovering from the injury – I have tried alcohol injections, taking trace minerals, epsom salt baths and modifying my activities and activity levels (none of which have worked). So hence the need for surgery (which is always the last option!!)
How will I recover from the surgery and get back to full speed? I will probably be back up to speed within 3 months. Hopefully I won’t need physical therapy and will just need to keep off my feet for a few weeks, then ease back into work on light duty. Unfortunately I will have to repeat the process as soon as I am able. I have two neuromas in each foot and it is recommended to only take out one at a time. So in total I may be out for six months, kind of a bummer but I will work around it find ways to maintain my physical fitness.
I’ll keep you posted…
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