I just got back from the doctor and the results of my MRI are in.
The good news is that I don’t have a stress fracture. But, I do have stress reactions aka “Chronic Repetitive Stress Injury of the Bone” (precursors to fractures) in both my 3rd and 4th metatarsals. It is a good thing that I shut my training down when I did or it could have progressed to a full fledged stress fracture.
The bad news is that I have a lot of other things wrong with my foot/ankle that will still require an additional 3 weeks in the boot to heal.
- Incomplete healing from my ankle sprain back on June 24th. This was probably the trigger for everything leading up to now;
- Sprains of my 3rd and 4th metatarsophalangeal joints; and
- Degeneration of the hallus-sesamoid complex (beginning to develop arthritis in my big toe joint)
In order to get things fully healed and back to normal I will be spending the next 3 weeks in the boot. That will give me 4 weeks of total boot time. It could have been far, far worse.
But, once again my take away from this experience. . . stop training when you get hurt.
One day I may even listen to my own advice.
At least this time I shut myself down before something really bad happened.
Here comes 3 or 4 weeks of upper body and core strength training.