I think it’s time to ask for some help because I have had an ongoing injury and don’t know what to do. I will give you a brief history.
I am fairly new to running. I started about 2 and a half years ago, but I wasn’t really a “runner” until I ran the Turkey Trot last November. Something happened during that run (I don’t really know what) and I realized my love for running. There was no turning back…
Towards the end of May I decided to start training for a half marathon that was October 1st so I started to amp up my mileage. I also moved from a semi-soft high school track to a concrete track at a park. I am pretty sure that the combination of those two factors is what caused my injury. It started out as shin splints which I would ice then go back out the next day. In the beginning of July my left leg was still hurting about half way up my shin and I could feel knots just to the inside of my leg so I went to the doctor. I went to a MD who specializes in sports medicine. He sent me to get a basic x-ray, which didn’t show an injury to the bone. He told me that it was a stress injury and to relax it until the pain went away. A month later I called him again because it still hurt to run and he sent me to physical therapy. I went 3 times a week for 4 weeks. The therapist tried myofacial release, ultrasound, high volt, and steroid cream. I also did exercises that helped strengthen my hip, calves, and correct my over-pronating left foot. The knots are gone but it still hurts and swells when I try to run. The therapist basically told me that she had tried everything she knew of and she didn’t think she could help me. So, I went back to the doctor and he said that he wants me to get a nuclear bone scan (I scheduled for 9/30/11) to rule out a stress fracture. If there is no stress fracture he doesn’t know what else it can be and he will have to send me to a foot and ankle specialist.
The problem I have with this is that both the therapist and the doctor said that the pain is not in the right place for it to be a stress fracture. So what else could it be? Has anyone else been through something like this? If so, what did it turn out to be?
Sorry for the long and boring post but it’s been 4 months and I am pretty desperate.
I would REALLY appreciate any suggestions or tips