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I came home from my walk and devoted an hour or two surfing medical websites trying to match my symptoms and work out the best rehabilitation plan. Of course, I could go and see a doctor, get scans, orthotics, etc., but I do feel the injury is repairing, but it's slower than I hoped. After looking at various possible diagnoses, the one which most matches my symptoms and seems the most probable is a minor strain of the Posterior Tibial Tendon. The suggested treatment is rest and an arch support, and the pain is likely to last three months or longer. The treatment wasn't very different for the other foot injuries that shared my symptoms, so there doesn't seem to be much point in pursuing medical help at this stage.
However, another three to five weeks of rest will certainly rule out any chance of a good performance in the Melbourne Marathon, so I need to reassess my goals and change my plans. I do need a goal to give my recuperation and running a focus, but there's no need for a hasty decision. I won't design a training program for another marathon, perhaps Hobart in January, until I'm sure that I will be able to train free of pain.
In the short-term, I do need to get my diet back "on the wagon", and work out whether I want to try cycling while the arch heals. The argument for cycling is that it will give my cardio-vascular system a work out, but the arguments against include the inconvenience and my view that cycling builds leg muscles I don't need for running and will slow my comeback when I begin running again. I'll take another few days to think about it.