Baby’s first cortisone shot

So I guess I’m a real runner now, having received my first cortisone shot about an hour ago.

A few weeks ago, 10 miles into a fast 15 miler, the top of my left foot started complaining. I thought I’d just tied the shoe too tight and had bruised it. But when I got home, there was a large, tender bump visible on the top of the foot, just under where the lace ties.

Over the next few days, the pain (and bump) flared up and subsided repeatedly. Sometimes it was quite painful to the touch (in which case I would huff Tylenol before running), other times it was barely noticeable.

It hasn’t been bad over the past week, but I went in to see my favorite local ortho/sports med. guy anyway this morning. Diagnosis: a cyst on my anterior tibiotalar ligament. Apparently all the rage among runners and ballet dancers.

I’m awaiting the advent of “cortisone flare” — the intensifying of pain 24-36 hours after the shot — followed by the promised cessation of pain. The actual cyst will also probably go away in a few weeks. If it doesn’t, I go under the scalpel.

At least I had the sense to do my faster track workout this morning. The next two days is all recovery running. Good timing, I guess.