If you haven’t already, then it’s probably worth you reading the original posting, which covers the background information to this post. You can find it here: No Walking!
I’ve allowed the foot to heal as much as I possibly can. I’ve done no proper walking – that is hill walking or training – for almost two months, which is what that Podiatrist recommended. I’ve had to do some walking of course, to and from customers, around the supermarket, etc. but I’ve kept it to a minimum.
The foot still isn’t completely healed, I think I knew that when I went for my first test walk on Wednesday this week. I can still feel a slight discomfort at times, I can feel a distant dull ache in the foot after I’ve done any sort of walking. But I have this compelling even on the horizon in 4 weeks – a 212 mile walk across Scotland that is calling to me. I needed to train and test the foot properly.
So on Wednesday I did five circuits of our estate, about 2.2 miles in all. I could feel the niggling ache as I walked, but on a pain scale of 1 to 10 it was at about 0.5 – not a pain as such, just an awareness of something not being completely right.
On my return to the house it all felt fine, no pain, no discomfort. I thought maybe it was going to be OK after all.
Two or three hours after the walk the old ache returned – the ache I’ve been experiencing over the last several months after doing exercise, the ache that I hoped had been banished through giving the foot two months rest. It’s not sorted the problem.
On Thursday I extended the walk to eight circuits and the ache was no worse in the evening than it had been on Wednesday evening. Today I’ve just completed a 5.5 mile walk along the river, the terrain is more uneven than the footpath and there were a couple of gently inclines to negotiate. After about three miles the foot began to feel achey, but that dissipated after about four miles.
The long and short of this is, the foot is not healed. I’m in the same position I was three months ago, before the problem ‘exploded’ into full-on pain and an inability to put any weight on the foot. It’s only really a matter of time until that happens again I suppose. To say I’m gutted would be an understatement. I’m pretty devastated at the moment and all sorts of long term walking plans now look to be in danger, which makes me feel depressed too.
I’ve decided not to cancel the Southern Upland Way, unless the foot ‘explodes’ again. I can live with the slight pain while walking, it doesn’t cause me any immediate problems and the post-walk ache is generally gone by the morning. I now need to concentrate on trying to build some fitness in time for the start and that means hills.
Tomorrow I’m going to try a proper hill walk, bugger the consequences, I have to test the foot properly.
How to solve this in the long-term? I have no idea.