I went back to the orthopedist I saw in May. I’m not crazy about this guy (he’s officially fired, actually) because he seems more interested in kicking patients through than really diagnosing the problem. The conversation with him was frustrating, to say the least.
The short story is that he took some X-rays (not an MRI like I wanted. He didn’t seem to want to do one despite that he was uncertain of his diagnosis. :-/) and on 2 of the 3 saw some shadows that seemed to be maybe possibly a stress fracture. But he was not 100 percent. He seemed fairly wishy-washy.
Now, ask me why then he didn’t want to do an MRI? He basically said it could be soft tissue damage and that and MRI could confirm a stress fracture… Dude! Come the fuck on! And didn’t you say in May that it was Morton’s Neuroma? (Btw, my chiro says “neuroma” is the easy diagnosis a lot of doctors give patients when they can’t or don’t bother really looking into the problem.)
Anyway, he gave me a post-op shoe (so sexy!) to wear and instructed me to not run on it and come back in 3 weeks. Unless the foot felt fine and then don’t bother coming in for a follow up because if it was a fracture that healed, we wouldn’t be doing anything else for it anyway.
No concern over how to not injure it again? He even said it was unusual that I could run 13 miles and not have it give me problems as fractures can’t heal that fast and he thought it odd that I felt a pulling on the top of my foot when descending staircases (“Hm, could be some tendonitis…”).
Yah, so anything this guy says is questionable. I’m looking for a new orthopedist. In the meantime, my personal trainer and chiropractor are collaborating to develop exercises to strengthen my ankles, feet and calves.