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goldfinch2012-06-13 18:22:05 +0000 #1
So yesterday I did a 34 mile hilly ride on my road bike, pushing it to my limits. Then I mowed the neighbor's lawn. Her lawn is small but it has a steep hill that she can't handle.And then the top of my foot, over the third metatarsal, really hurt. And it hurts today. I can hardly walk. I rode a short five mile leisure bike ride with spouse without pain, but an hour later I am miserable.

Oh man, I hope I didn't give myself a stress fracture.

I am 500 miles from home so it would be inconvenient to see a doctor. Right now I am icing it and raising my foot. I guess I'll play it by ear.

I really worry about not being able to be active. I am afraid I'll blow up like a balloon and be fat in a month. There. I said my fear.

Anyone have experience with this kind of foot pain? I know there is no way for me tonight on the couch to know if I have a serious problem or not, but this is my first injury from exercise.
zoom-zoom2012-06-13 18:26:39 +0000 #2
Are your shoes maybe too narrow? I get pain like that if I'm in shoes that aren't wide enough (which happens a lot--I have a wide foot). I had issues like this with Sidis.
Melalvai2012-06-13 18:38:08 +0000 #3
Regardless of whether you have stress fractures or not, you have an overuse injury. It may be serious already. It might easily develop into something serious (ie more long-term recovery).

I always thought if I got another foot injury I'd try to borrow someone's wheelchair so I could get some exercise. Then I'd end up with an upper back injury as well for sure.
Kiwi Stoker2012-06-13 18:31:00 +0000 #4
Rowing machine maybe? Light spinning on a spin bike (no pressure on the foot)?

And too be honest if you do end up having to sit out a month or so, look at reducing your food portion size for calories. Make sure you stay busy so not to boredom snack. Energy in = equal energy out. (yeah this suggestion sucks I know).
goldfinch2012-06-13 18:51:43 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by zoom-zoom

Are your shoes maybe too narrow? I get pain like that if I'm in shoes that aren't wide enough (which happens a lot--I have a wide foot). I had issues like this with Sidis.

I have narrow feet and I think my shoes fit well. That said, I wore thicker socks yesterday than I usually wear.
goldfinch2012-06-13 19:02:26 +0000 #6
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kiwi Stoker

Rowing machine maybe? Light spinning on a spin bike (no pressure on the foot)?

And too be honest if you do end up having to sit out a month or so, look at reducing your food portion size for calories. Make sure you stay busy so not to boredom snack. Energy in = equal energy out. (yeah this suggestion sucks I know).

Yeah, I figure I have to reduce my calories. I am not sure what to do to stay busy. I figure I need to let the foot rest a few days anyway.

I've never used a spin bike or rowing machine. But, there is a local community gym I can use and I'll check it out in a few days.
Crankin2012-06-13 20:02:00 +0000 #7
As one who is finely attuned to the thickness of socks, that, combined with a downhill run and poor shoes, gave me a stress fracture last fall. But, I was able to ride with no problem. I wouldn't rule out riding, just the impact type stuff.

Ice it, anti-inflammatories, and not a lot of walking for a couple of weeks.
OakLeaf2012-06-13 21:46:24 +0000 #8
(((((goldfinch)))))

How long before you can get somewhere there's a doctor you trust and can get consistent care? Maybe you should at least stop in a walk-in clinic and get it X-rayed?

No experience here. An ultrarunner friend of mine had a bad foot last year that he absolutely refused to get X-rayed and it did ultimately resolve on its own, but that's not necessarily the approach I'd recommend.

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