This broken foot is new territory for me. I can hobble about in my padded hiking boots with almost no pain but I have to keep the weight off the outside of my foot. Before I came to the mountain Sunday morning, I had no idea how bad this might be. I even brought my spikes and gear to train thinking it might be something as minor as a sprain. But no, by Monday, it still hurt so I got the xray, and the bad news.
I had wondered what would be better, a hard cast or soft walking boot. A small published study (60 cases) indicated a better result with a soft dressing (boot) as opposed to a cast, and gives me an idea of how long it will take to heal:
I have an appointment with Dr. Jeff Willers at the Elite Sports Medicine Group on 1/18 (20 days after injury) to evaluate the healing process and get recommendations. Willers is the foot specialist in the group.
Also, I've added Caltrate and D-3 supplements to my glucosamine and biotin. My yearly physical is coming up so, on suggestion from the physician in Sewanee (where I had my xrays), I may ask for a testoterone and bone density tests.
So, the average healing time for a soft boot was 33 days. Based on that, I think I may be able to run on grass by at least 45 days - or Feb 12, full scale training on the track by 60 days - Feb. 27. I just might be able to make Indoor Nationals but doubt I'll be able to be competitive.
God, I hate sitting on my butt. How did I become a guitarist? Today, I am joining the Fowler Rec Center in Sewanee so I can swim and continue to do non-track training. Swimming laps is boring to me but I'll try it again. Maybe I can do other things like rowing, I'll see.
UPDATE: My friend John W an 800m guy, suggested water running, actual deep-water upright running with floatation vest. Feet don't touch the floor. Looks promising. Also looks pretty weird.. like a person who doesn't know how to swim.