I went to a podiatrist in March, confirming I ran 9 NYC marathon qualifying races in the fall, all with a broken sesamoid.
The doctor gave conservative treatment…anti-inflammatories and ice. He said that with orthotics I should be able to continue running. It seems if I am getting this right, this is a non-union fracture, meaning the bones will never fuse together again. The only other treatment is surgery to remove the bone. I don’t think the doctor is interested in me wearing a boot because it has been six months since the injury, so I think it is too late to immobilize the foot. Can the fractured pieces heal separate from one another (oh how this could be a metaphor for so many other things in my life)? Does that even make sense? Broken bones healing broken? I got casted for the orthotics. The interns told me I had high arches. This is one time I wish they weren’t so high. I am waiting until I get the orthotics to run again. I’m dying to run. The area hurts a little as I write, after carrying a large load of groceries in my napsack. I have this little u shaped insert I place near the pain to relieve pressure around the fracture. This helps. I forgot to wear it today though. I do hope the orthotics work and that the hike will be relatively pain free. I still want to train and run for the marathon.