I’ve known for a very long time that I would get arthritis. My mom, grandma and great aunts all seemed to get arthritis when they turned 50. So, consider me bamboozled when I visited my doctor on Thursday and he told me the pain in my toe was arthritis, probably due to overuse. GAH! I’m only 33! For those with subtraction challenges (ADP, this means you), I have arthritis 17 years EARLY.
My doctor is great, always answers my questions, and takes time to explain things. This visit was a little different because I heard about his wife’s experience with this…and he tossed Shaq into the mix too. When we were done talking I had my right foot x-rayed three ways and the x-rays came back great.
Now the bummer: I should rest my foot. He didn’t go so far as to tell me to stop running, but if I don’t replace some runs with low-impact cross-training then there is a good chance I will end up needing surgery. GAH times two! I know cross training is good for the body, but I really love running. I’m not fast, but it is something I feel I can do well. So, to be told my running is essentially hurting me is hard to swallow.
Since I exercise at home and I don’t have access to a variety of low-impact cardio machines (remember, winter and snow are rapidly approaching) I am looking at joining a gym. There are a few to choose from in my area. The one I want to join is because of the amenities; unfortunately is over-packed and the most expensive. The other two gyms are relatively comparable except for the price. Needless to say, I think I’ll be re-joining Gold’s Gym this weekend. Maybe I’ll take up spinning while I’m there…