I went back to the doctor yesterday for a follow up on my leg. The steroids didn’t work at all. The doctor told me that since it is not a stress fracture (worst case scenario), there is not much of a treatment for it. Which is good news and bad news combined!
He said it is bad because there isn’t a fix for it. He can’t inject my shin, and he said there’s no way to go in and fix anything. He said the problem is how much pressure I am putting on my shin and this is due to the way I am striking my foot. He also said that it won’t be healed quickly. But, the good news out of that is that in a week I am clear to run! He said that it’s not going to make it any worse. I will just have to listen to it and do what I can tolerate right now.
He recommended that I start with some insoles. I am also supposed to start massaging the area and icing it several times a day. I need to wear a compression sleeve or socks after I do that, and also every time I run. He also said that I am going to have to change my running form to take the pressure off of my shin.
If this doesn’t help, the next step is a foot and ankle specialist and physical therapy. After I get new insoles, I’m supposed to try to run on a treadmill and work on heel striking then report back. He said that over time I may heal completely by changing my form and working on relieving the pressure.
So, even though there isn’t a treatment right now, I’m happy with this because, 1) it’s not a stress fracture and 2) I can run. I have tolerated it for several months, so maybe by changing up my form I can run comfortably again.
After next week, when I’m able to run, I’ll let you know how I do! Then, I can start writing running posts again! I can’t wait!