Obviously I had to break out an anatomy book.
Anatomy lesson time! These are the deeper muscles of the foot. The circles above point out two things.
1. My superior extensor retinaculum (or some muscle in that area) feels tight when I push on it, and this is where the pain (when walking on the inside of my foot) originates. As I push off, it sort of radiates down the top of my foot. I can’t pinpoint one spot that hurts, it’s just kind of that whole section pictured above in my fancy foot photo.
2. The tibialis posterior, which is what the second doctor thinks is the problem. This muscle inverts the foot; meaning it twists it inward…which is when I feel the pain. It attaches to the navicular bone, which is where the first doctor said I had a stress fracture. IT’S ALL CONNECTED, PEOPLE! Now we’re getting somewhere…
Where does this leave me? I have no idea. I know this isn’t exactly thrilling reading, but I’m hoping someone out there on the internet will be like HEY THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TO ME AND I HAVE ADVICE FOR YOU! Because frankly, my copay is too high to keep going to doctors who aren’t telling me anything I don’t already know.
Here’s to hoping a solid sports massage and a little more strengthening will save the day. Cross your fingers.
Do you have any mystery injuries? (Ever solved one?) Love looking at anatomy books? (I do!)