Pain in the Ankle

I’m injured! Already! Waaahhhhhhh!

About a week ago, my ankle started hurting. No biggie. I popped a couple of Advil. I iced it. But the pain didn’t go away. So I went to the pharmacy and spent $60 on shoe inserts, an ankle brace, and old-lady compression stockings. I came home and put them all on. But the pain still didn’t go away. On Sunday I ran 10 miles. By the end, I was limping. This seemed to be a bad sign. In my recent issue of Runner’s World, marathon superstar Kara Goucher had this to say: “We all have these little niggles here and there . . . Something that carries on for two, three, even four days, that’s okay. But for something that goes beyond that time frame, or that is causing you to run differently? That’s not a niggle, that’s an injury.” Oh sh*%, I thought. Injury. Not cool.

Yesterday I broke down and decided to make an appointment with a doctor. I wanted to see someone with a background in sports medicine, but finding a good specialist in New York is about as easy as finding a needle in a haystack, a haystack full of really awful needles. New York has millions of doctors and most of them suck. But, in this case, it turned out to be easier than I expected. Dr. Weiss just so happened to have an office right near me. And, oh!, he could get me in the very same day.

When I rolled up to the doctor’s office, I recognized it immediately as a place I had recently ridiculed for having this man in its window.

And, no, that’s not a poster. It’s a television showing a VIDEO of this guy talking about, apparently, spines. The television faces the street and it seems that the video plays all day and night. I took this photo at 9pm. No lie.

But aside from a very annoying hour-long wait, the experience was positive. The doctor (not the guy in the video) was normal and seemed competent. He asked me some questions, pushed on my ankle, and then he did an ultrasound. The verdict? Meh, maybe some sort of tendonitis. The prescription? Lay off the running. Well, I could have told me that.

Here are some other things I learned at the doctor’s office:

1. A marathon is too far to run. Running that far is “not good for you.”

2. I have bony ankles that are difficult to ultrasound.

3. If something hurts when you run and you want it to stop hurting, stop running.

So I guess there’s only one thing to do . . . run less. I’m going to take a few days off, and maybe invest in some new shoes. I don’t mind really. Running is exhausting. Even the cat gets tired.

In other news, fundraising is going nicely. I’m more than halfway to my goal of raising $3,300. To those of you who have contributed, a big, fat thank you! If you haven’t donated and want to, click here. Only $1,464 left to go!


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