A closer look at the MRI on my foot by the doctors in podiatry revealed, possibly, a bone chip near the ankle. On Wednesday, they had me come in and do a CT scan, which had them further convinced that there were multiple fragments of bone in my ankle - "like pebbles in your foot," said one doctor.
They wanted to inject a steroid into the area to see if that eliminated the pain. If it did, they reasoned, it meant the bone fragments were responsible for the pain, and surgery to remove them would be the recommended course of action. Getting the steroid into the right spot is a tricky thing and required an x-ray machine and me lying very still. Despite the local anesthetic, the pressure on my foot was rather uncomfortable and I had to focus on my "happy place" and do some deep breathing to get through it. I also kept reminding myself that it wasn't as bad as labor. So far, when they ask me to rank pain on a scale from 0 to 10 with 10 being "the worst pain you've ever felt," natural childbirth is my 10.
Wednesday afternoon, the local anesthetic wore off and the pain was in the 3 -4 range. It doesn't usually hurt that much unless I'm actually running, but I guess it's pretty traumatic to have a needle shoved into your ankle bone. The doctor had told me not to run for a couple of days (Thursday and Friday). Just walking around yesterday, I felt fine, and was eager to get out today to see how things felt.
And things felt great. Five miles (some of it walking) and no pain, no pressure, nothing. I would not normally be excited at the prospect of surgery, but if it solves the problem, I can't wait. Two months ago, I truly despaired that I would ever run again. But now, I have a glimmer of hope.