In the latest twist with the ankle (haha)– I’ve had a serious allergic reaction to the topical NSAID that was prescribed (Pennsaid). The odd thing is that it took about a week of application before it blew up. It first popped up a the beach, so maybe the sun exposure + Pennsaid triggered it, or maybe it was just the amount of medicine applied over time. Either way, it’s the worst itch I’ve ever had. 😦
It also happened right before I flew to the UK, and I was unable to find any hydrocortisone there (prescription only in the UK, apparently). All I could do is buy some anti-septic cream, which didn’t seem to do anything, and soak it in epsom salt in the hotel tub.
When I got back the states, I tried hydrocortisone for the weekend, but I went to see my regular doctor on Monday, who prescribed a topical steroid. In the 16 hours and 3 applications of that since yesterday, it’s not started kicking in yet! Here’s a photo for those of you that like such things. It’s not clear how much inflammation is from the allergic reaction and how much remains from the injury.
I have run 20 minutes 4 or 5 times now, and that all feels fine. But I certainly feel like I’m hindered by the current state of the foot. 😦