Friday, February 7, 2014

The words no runner wants to hear...

No running 4-6 weeks.

That’s right.  It was considered a “minor procedure” at the dermatologist office.  I’m not injured.  Well I’m getting an MRI next week on the same foot but that hasn’t been stopping me.

The foot is a highly sensitive, complex structure made up of 26 bones, 19 large muscles, many smaller intrinsic muscles, and more than 100 ligaments.  The two main functions of the foot are support and propulsion.  When running, each foot comes into contact with the ground approximately 75 to 100 times per minute.  The force when your foot makes contact with the ground can be over 2.5 times your body weight!

All that pounding apparently is not good for the location of my incision.  Dr. Liska told me how much I rest and elevate the next 48 hours would have an effect on how quickly I recover.  External stitches will be removed in 2 weeks; internal stiches will dissolve within 4-6 weeks.  Sweet.

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