Friday, February 14, 2020

foot pain

I don't know what happened, but I may have done something to my foot during my Thursday-night walk. I was doing my usual route along the Tan Creek to the Han River, but my foot was getting progressively achier, and then I suddenly felt and heard almost the same bone-deep popping that happened during my most recent walk to Busan (here). As before, I walked a couple minutes farther to test out whether anything had broken (like a bone) or snapped (like a tendon), and nothing had. There was just a steady ache that got bad enough for me to begin limping. I was incredulous at how quickly the pain escalated.

So I decided, at around the 11K-step mark, to halt the walk, limp up to street level, and grab a cab back to my apartment. Once home, I peeled off my sock to see whether there was any telltale swelling, and there wasn't any. The foot—my right foot—was simply achy and tender; it was becoming hard even to put it on the floor. I overdosed on pain meds, and that helped only slightly, so for the moment, I'm thinking the best solution is simply to crawl into bed and lay off my foot for a long block of several hours. We'll see how I am come morning. So much for any plans to walk to Yangpyeong this weekend.

Weight update: I bumped up to 124 kg, a gain of 1 kg. I'm not too stressed about that. Once my foot heals, I'll get right back to walking, and I might even begin to incorporate some staircase action into my routine. I think the weight loss has already hit a plateau, so it's time to ramp up the intensity a bit. But not quite yet: healing comes first.

Weight update 2: it's late Friday morning, and the scale now puts me at 123.5 kg. I guess I peed and/or pooped out half a kilo last night. I've seen this kind of fluctuation before.

UPDATE: it took a couple hours, but we've got swelling, now, so it looks as though I'll be limping over to the local hospital to get X-rayed and otherwise treated. Joy.


John Mac said...

Sorry to hear this and hope it's nothing serious. I've occasionally gotten foot pain out of the blue (without the popping sound) but nothing I couldn't "walk-off". Good luck at the doctor!

Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I'm sorry to hear this, Kevin. I hope you locate the problem and get it fixed.

Jeffery Hodges

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Kevin Kim said...

Thanks, gentlemen.

Charles said...

Sucks to hear about the foot. Maybe they'll actually be able to tell you what the deal is, and hopefully you'll be on the mend soon!

Kevin Kim said...

Gracias, Carlos.