I’m fortunate enough to have two big toes. They aren’t the prettiest of things but I make sure they are nicely moisturised and my current nail polish colour of choice is ruby-red.
My big toes don’t have joints in them.
They never have, I was born like this. In fact my thumbs are missing joints in the corresponding position. Why? Who knows? I don’t. I have always thought that both my big toes and thumbs look a bit odd and as a teenager was quite embarrassed by them. Not anymore. I can play guitar, I can touch type at 70wpm , my thumbs have never stopped me from doing anything. Same with my big toes. I can walk, swim, run, hop, jump, ride a bike – the fact that they are missing a joint doesn’t enter my head.
Yesterday I saw the Osteo – my usual Osteo was unavailable. I saw a new one. He did some muscle releases and advised that the podiatrist was the best person to help me in my current predicament. It was still a worthwhile visit.
In short, due to my joint-less big toes I’ve developed a few funny foot issues – it’s the position of my feet and lack of flexibility that are the issue. I most probably have a Morton’s Neuroma (this can’t be accurately diagnosed without an MRI scan, but the Podiatrist is pretty sure I have this). I also have Abductor Hullucis. No, I’ve never heard of either of these things!
The outcome? I have been cleared to run BUT if there is any pain during and/or at the end of the run I have to stop and go and see the Podiatrist and take the next steps with diagnosis and treatment. This young Podiatrist was amazing. She saw right to the heart of my desire to run and assured me that whatever I had it was treatable and we would work it all out together. She was also very knowledgeable and explained things to me – she gave me a real sense of confidence.
When am I going to run?
I’m so keen to do parkrun on Saturday so I’m going to leave it until then. Then IF everything is ok I’m going to adopt the Lazy Runner’s advice and only run every second day. Less sometimes can be more (I can see Louise nodding at me as she reads this along with a couple of gorgeous red heads from The Runing Group).
My running dreams are still very much intact. They might just take me a little longer to get there…but that’s ok!!! As long as I am moving I don’t mind how slow the pace is. If you happen to be at parkrun on Saturday you won’t miss me – I’ll be the one with the biggest smiliest grin on my face just to be at that start line… I hope the smile is still there at the finish but if it isn’t I’ll be back to see my feet’s new best friend, my lovely Podiatrist. There will be a solution.
Running truly is a gift – even for those of us missing a few joints hehe.
Happy running 🙂