I stated the facts: it hurts often and is always swollen. He informed me that the tear was *ahem* 5-6" long (I'll say 5" to be conservative -- but I measured when I got back to work, based on where he touched the foot, and it was at least 5" -- and I am an architect and know my way around a tape measure!) These things DO NOT heal quickly. In three months time I will not likely be "back to normal." These kinds of degenerative tears often do not heal 100%, i.e. I may never be 100%. (Was I 100% before this?) We could go in and try to stabilize it surgically (notice I did not say repair) but even that is not a guarantee. We could get in there and see that there is not enough "good tendon" left... so we might as well not do that, in my opinion. He agreed.
He asked if I had been prescribed any anti-inflammatories. Nope. So he did that. And I just hate taking pills! I want to FIX THE PROBLEM.
I asked if there was anything I could do, a brace I could wear or something along those lines. Then, and only then, did he suggest this beautiful boot:
Low Top Short Leg Walker by Royce Medical
He said this was going to require a lifestyle change on my behalf. DUH!?! He agreed that biking and (potentially) swimming would be good, i.e. better than running at this point, but really ANYTHING with impact would not speed up the volatile healing process. Well great - now I'm a couch potato.
No, not really. I will be a booted pilates-doer! I will be a booted whatever-it-takes'r.
GRRRRR. Not good. Not being able to run is one thing. But not being able to do anything really active is another.
I am really feeling like I may never run again. I pray that is not the case.