Tuesday: My Physical Therapy appointment.
I went to see Leah at Pro Motion as recommend by MANY of my running friends.
I was super nervous to find out what was going on with my ankle. It started bothering me 2 weeks before I ran the St. Jude Memphis Marathon. I took off running a whole week prior to race hoping that would help. During the race I was in SOOO much pain. After the race I couldn't even touch my foot on the ground without searing pain. And after taking another full week off after my race and then trying to run again I wasn't able to without limping.
So it was time to get answers.
Turns out I have Posterior Tibialis Tendionitus. The tibialis posterior muscle runs down the tibia bone at the front of your lower leg, wraps around your inner ankle and attaches at the bottom of your foot. Its main use is to support the arch of your foot from collapsing. Tendionitus means the tendon is inflammed.
Leah believes the tendonitus is caused by my weak hips and because I am a very strong over pronator(my arches collapse as I run/walk). I have to work at becoming stronger so that I can keep better form and stride as I run.
She did ASTYM therapy work on my foot and leg.
What Is Astym® Treatment?
Astym® treatment is a therapy that regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and eliminates or reduces unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions. Astym® treatment is highly effective and even works when other approaches routinely fail. One of the main reasons Astym® treatment is so much more effective than other treatments is that it was scientifically developed to resolve the underlying cause of soft tissue problems, rather than just trying to temporarily relieve symptoms. It is one of the most researched and effective therapy treatments available. Astym® treatment is unmatched in its ability to resolve tendinopathies, scar tissue problems, and other soft tissue dysfunctions. Doctors regularly prescribe Astym® treatment specifically for their patients, and elite athletes and knowledgeable patients seek out Astym® treatment for superior results. When your health and ability to stay active is at stake, only the best will do.
How does it work???
An Astym®-certified therapist follows specific treatment parameters to initiate the healing process. She or he will run instruments firmly along your skin, following the direction of the muscle, tendon or ligament. You will feel bumps as the instrument moves along your skin. These bumps are the defective soft tissue. The first couple of treatments may range from being only slightly noticeable to mildly uncomfortable — but stick with it. As your body heals, those bumps will decrease and the area around your old injury will smooth out nicely, indicating healing. There also may be some mild bruising in the area being treated, but don't worry! That is one indication that the body is hard at work, absorbing the old tissue and laying down healthy new tissue.
I was a little nervous at first for this but it didn't hurt as bad as I had expected.
Then she taped my foot with RockTape.
And she put a little wedge in my shoe to counter act my ankle collapsing for now until it can get stronger.
I was given some strengthening exercises to work on and need to ice my foot a few times a day. I go back and see Leah on Monday.
I am glad its not a more serious injury. Its still a painful one but this one doesn't require something like a dreadful BOOT(Nightmares in my mind from my last ankle injury last January!), and hopefully this one will start to resolve quicker. I wish I had went to see her from the onset of pain a few weeks ago BEFORE my marathon, and this would have been a quicker recovery and a better race I am sure. It is not easy at all for me not being able to run right now, believe me, but all I can do is stay positive and keep moving on and getting stronger while recovering.
Wednesday: So its kinda sad to admit that I have not been the most festive mommy this year and just brought out our "Elf On A Shelf", way too many days late. But "Fred" is here along with his no-name vintage elf friend and they are ready for some mischief making!
20 miles on the bike, plus a bunch of strength training afterwards, push-ups, planks, crunches, squats, kettlebells and some good stretching.
Wednesday night is NRC(Nollensville Running Club) night. While I am not able to run right now I decided to take our new dog for a walk and Ella decided to join me since it was the Ugly Sweater/Christmas Lights Run. We dressed her up for the festivities!
While it all sounded like a good idea, reality was I was injured, it was cold out, I had a 6 year old child who hates the cold and walking a mile was like equal to a marathon in her eyes, and I had a hyper dog who wanted to stop to pee/poop every 30 seconds. So it was quite the adventure. Part way through I had Ella piggy-backed on my back and a friend walking the dog for us. To get though it let's just say I had to make lots of promises to stop at the oh so lovely McD's for hot chocolate and a happy meal and Ella still cried/complained the rest of the way.
Poor Ella cried so much she was asleep in less then 10 min on the way home after the promised McD stop.
Thursday: Another spin class plus some. I actually LOVE spin class so its helping combat the fact that I'm sad I can't run.
Then it was time for Ella's class Christmas party.
We adore Ella's teacher :) She knows how to keep control of her classroom but yet also isn't afraid to have fun alongside the kids!
Friday: The elf's
Teacher gifts all ready to go.
My grandparents send us a fruit package every year, we love it!
The prized "Golden" pear.
Ella claimed it this year!
And why not put up an inflatable Santa in your living room?.
FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT!
Our favorite family tradition! I just adore these coffee mugs!
Ok so I would like to hear MORE from YOU! I feel like I am talking to a wall sometimes ;) Tell me more about you!
Have you ever been to Physical Therapy for an injury? Have you ever had an ASTYM treatment? Does the "Elf" visit your family? Have you ever tried a spin class? If so, did you like it?