It has been 3 days since I had my first and only physical therapy appointment and can’t really notice a vast difference in relief. Yes, I know……it’s been 3 days.
First, I was fitted with some Vasyli + dananberg insoles and he cut a hole in the removable cushions to create a recess. It should help alleviate some of the pressure off my sesamoid bones. The insoles were $60. I received an ultra sound treatment and stretching of the tendon. Before I left, I was given a green thera-band to do some light stretches at home, by putting the band around my big toe, keeping the tension as the toe is flexed upward and pushing my toe back down for 1-2 sets of 10 reps. We never discussed how long my return would be, but I wouldn’t find it useful since my foot is still experiencing breakthrough discomfort from time to time. So for the time being, I’m focused on lessening the cause. I was told to wear the insoles as much as possible to relieve pressure off the sesamoid bone. So, I took out a new pair of running shoes and inserted the insoles to wear around the house. We typically don’t wear shoes in the house, but since these shoes haven’t been wore its wife approved.
I have noticed a difference wearing the shoes with the insoles in the house. My big toe feels more stable, but that could also be from the shoes, Salomon Sense Pro 2. I also started to ice my big toe once a night. I’m still debating on doing the ibuprofen therapy for 2 weeks. I know some say it may take a week or two for the medication to effectively start working, unfortunately I’m not one for pills.
The whole time I have been away from running has created frustration, self-destructiveness and resentment. It took some time to accept that I wasn’t going to be able to run for the rest of the year. This is also when I thought I had a broken sesamoid bone. Now, I’m fully aware of the condition of my foot, I’m starting to think about running again which is making me antsy. I can’t see the end of the road for my rehab and realize I have to trust the process, as if I was following a training regimen for a race. As I tell Little Bear when she wants something and needs to wait a moment, PATIENCE!!
Sidenote: As for physical therapy, I’m sure it would help expedite the recovery process, but we just aren’t financially able to afford the luxury of it.