I'll spare you a photo of my foot but basically, I'm no longer symmetrical. One foot, the one that has been sore for half a year, is now much smaller than my newly injured right foot. It has swollen. And there's also a broken toenail.
Gout? No, just a sprain. The good doctor (Dr Fingado by name. He also trains with us) supervised the xrays and review. His prognosis is:
Recently injured right foot. No real problem. A month of not pushing off my toes or any other movement in the foot should fix it. Stay off it. And then don't hurt it again.
Nagging soreness in the left foot. More serious. Arthritis in all three joints in my foot. Arthritis is (per Wikipedia) a joint disease as a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age. The good doctor explained it to me that the cartilage, which lines the bones inside the joints and allows them to move against each other without friction, is worn away and now the porous bones will start to have friction. Ouch! Arthritis. Probably a result of many decades of intense soccer playing and repeated injury to the left foot and ankle.
So now I'm like the other parents, driving two kids two and from, watching from the sidelines. Hoping to get wireless installed so I can use the time efficiently. durnnabit. grrrr.
All in all, I've had a good run. Injuries are part of the game. I've been very lucky and should be back fully speed in late April
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