Thursday, 18 March 2010

Cautionary tale. Broken sesamoid bone from barefoot running

I’m on crutches. I can’t put any weight on my left forefoot without it feeling like my foot is impaled on a huge spike. My X-rays (see right) show I’ve got broken my sesamoid( The sesamoid bones are the two small oval shapes you can see just below the big toe joint on the X-ray. Obviously my footfalls haven't been quite as light as I'd hoped and these two tiny bones have taken a pounding. Rest is the only prescribed cure. I have no idea when I'll next be able to run.

You can see from below that I’d been feeling a bit of pain, so I’d taken a week off running to allow my feet to recover. I jogged this Tuesday and felt fine, but this morning, as I was about a mile away from home, the pain gradually came back worse than ever, forcing me to stop and walk. As I approached home I could barely walk and thought I’d done some serious damage. I’m really disappointed with myself for being so impatient.

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