Thursday, November 8, 2007

What's a Peroneal Tendon?

I haven't been updating as much as I should, so I just thought I'd talk about the first 2-3-ish weeks of marathon training. Mainly, I am going to rant a bit. While everything started off well, I was hit with a familiar pain in mile 4 of 5 a few days ago. I had to finish the run because I was away from my starting point, and since it was hurting more to walk than run, I went on.

Fast forward to a few hours later. The pain was along the right side of my foot, the exact opposite of the left side foot pain I had last year after running 20 miles. I guess I was tackling too many hills too strongly. I limped over to CVS and got some athletic tape/bandage so the Icy Hot patch I tacked on the area would stay.

So I spent two days in this wrap, the second day in a boot, which actually helped a lot. Strangely, even wearing these heeled peep-toe shoes feels better than wearing sandals at this point.

I slapped the running shoes on again today and ran three miles. I think I was feeling worse from undigested food than the foot issue. It felt worse to walk afterward. Assuming I can continue on like this, I will just have to be careful over the next week or so while this heals (that's how long it took last time, and I had also run on it back then).

Since this keeps plaguing me, I self-diagnosed on Google and found that the peroneal tendon (longus) was the probable culprit. There are two tendons connected to the ankle, one running along the inner side of the foot and the other on the outer side. These tendons can tear or inflame, in a case called peroneal tendonitis. The worst outcome is surgery, though that's the worst outcome of everything, I guess. I don't think I need to worry, but I've been eating as much protein as I can to promote healing.

Way to get myself injured less than 1/6 into the program. Go me!


  1. i just got over a slight case of this tendonitis after my marathon. didn't bother me during run only after. nsaid and ice + slow runs worked for me.

  2. I think the best thing for you at this time is to let it heal. You should probably stay off of it for a day or two at least. I know how you feel about missing runs but better to let it heal than to ignore it and have it be with you throughout the rest of the training. Also, if it doesn't get better, you can go and see a podiatist or orthopedic doctor. I developed some knee-itis of some sort the first time I trained for a marathon and the doctor gave me some pain reliever pills and told me that the pain will get better if I stopped running for a while. He was right but it was hard for me to not stick to training. Don't ignore the pains!


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