Saturday, June 12, 2010
Peroneal Tendon Subluxation??
I went in and gave all my history to Dr. Lakin's nurse. I explained where the pain was and how it began the day I ran in a new pair of shoes on a treadmill. I explained how it didn't hurt during running, but would kill me the next day. How if I rested, it seemed to get better, but was always bothering me. Dr. Lakin came in and listened to my story, watched me walk down the hall a few times, moved my foot around a little, then told me what she thought. She told me that when I walk, I come inward on my big toes. She said that I probably had peroneal tendon subluxation and that sometimes that tendon slips out of place. She also said that because of my mechanics, I was a little more prone for this to happen. I guess the new stiff shoes on the treadmill just pushed me over the edge. Then, she told me what she was going to do to fix it!
She said a colleague from another state told her about a manuever a few years ago, and then she saw it in a podiatry journal the next year. She told me she was going to push on my fibula, pull down on my foot, then dorsiflex my foot, and that if it worked we should hear a sound. It all happened so fast, I didn't know what to think! Sure enough, she did the 3-step move, and sure enough, there was the clunk sound! When we heard the sound, we looked at each other with wide eyes, lol, like we were shocked it worked. She told me I could run and see how it felt, and that if it happened again I could come back and she would fix me. She said she could make me an insert if I needed it. I saw the doctor for less than 10 minutes, I paid $120, and went home.
My ankle definitely felt weird the rest of the day. But, I could tell that the pressure and tightness in my ankle and along the tendon was gone. There is still a little soreness and tightness in my achilles, but I believe I am fixed! I ran with my best friend, Becca, yesterday. She is a Zumba instructor and just had a baby about 3 months ago. I talked her into starting a Couch to 5k program, although she is no couch potato! I started her off on week 3. She is doing so great! I decided that I should run with her so that I ease myself back into running and don't do too much too fast. I was a little sore today, so I took the day off. We are supposed to start on Week 4 tomorrow. I just need to be sure and stretch really well, and I think I will heal up nicely. I have heard of this being a recurring problem for some people. I hope that is not the case for me. Hopefully, my tendon will stay in its home and behave itself!
Picture courtesy of https://www.northcoastfootcare.com/footcare-info/tendonitis.html