Self Diagnosis!!

Good morning!! First off, I want to say thank you for all the sweet comments about my engagement!! Al and I are both super excited and so ready to finally be husband and wife!!

So I think I figured out what this foot pain I’ve been having is and I’m not too happy about it. I have been googling my symptoms and been looking through my anatomy book and all signs point to it being Tendonitis of the Extensor Hallicus Longus tendon. This is the tendon that runs from my big toe up to my ankle passing directly over that bone that sticks out. Symptoms include:

  1. Pain at the top of foot- check
  2. Swelling at the top of foot- check
  3. Pain on top of foot when running- check
  4. Redness on top of foot- check
  5. Pain when passively stretched- check

Causes include:

  1. Overuse
  2. Running on hills- Just started running on more hills around my house
  3. Chronically tight calf muscles- I have always had this problem
  4. Badly fitting shoes or shoes laced too tight- I badly need new shoes

Treatment for mild tendonitis:

  1. Rest until there is no more pain
  2. Ice
  3. Anti inflammatory meds
  4. Strengthen and stretch calf muscles
  5. New shoes!!

So this is definitely what I think it is. Blah. I have been pretty good about icing it and it wasn't as sore or tight this morning, so hopefully with a few more days of rest and stretching I will be back to running again!! It’s so hard to NOT run! I’m trying to be a good girl and rest but it’s just so hard! I hate injuries. Just when I thought I was getting back to normal from my ankle injury, this happens. It is the same foot though, probably has something to do with my previous ankle injury.Ahh!! I got up this morning and did Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones workout on Exercise TV! Man she’s tough!! I also took time to really stretch out my calves!

I am about to be off to class, then studying this afternoon. I have dinner plans with work friends tonight! I am super excited!!! Hope everyone has a great day!! What injuries have ya’ll had that has sidelined your running?


  1. i'm a therapist and i work with this a lot! so yes i do believe thats what you have.. :(. ice and elevate girl. and congrats on the engagement i havent been to your page in so long, forgive me. hope you have a great week with your new fiance' how exciting!!

  2. Shin splits!!!! I hate them! Unfortunately, you have to do the same thing when you get, ice, new shoes. I hate that. Congrats again on the engagement! Let me know if you need any help!

  3. I know, it is seriously hard to take time off, but if you DONT then you could be out for a longer period of time than originally planned!! Get better so you can run soon :) OH and have fun at dinner!

  4. Foot pain can be lingering, so make sure you take care of it. I've been having some plantar faciatiis issues lately, but nothing to sideline me for too long.