Sorry for not writing sooner. I have been to the doctors office the last three days, and saw little point in writing anything until it was more conclusive.
On Monday I went to a clinic in Beijing and had my foot examined. The doctor recommended an x-ray. The results came in the same day. They were inconclusive and therefore I went for an MRI scan on Tuesday. I went back again yesterday to get the results. Doctor Sarah – whom I have been seeing – brought along doctor Alannah who is an expert on feet. Thanks to both of you for all the help and advice you have provided!
The bad news:
- Left 1st phalange is fractured and bruised
- The big toe joint has effusions
- The area has soft tissue damage
The good news:
Alannah asked me to bring along the shoes I have been walking in, and examined them and my feet carefully. She said that my biomechanics are good. That means my walking style is not putting bad or incorrect pressure on my feet which leads to more injuries.
I was hoping there was no serious injury. After seeing no substantial recovery the last two weeks however I was half expecting this. It is hard to say exactly how long the recovery time for an injury like this is. Normally it should take approximately another 4 weeks.
This is bad news for my progress of course. The truth is that I want to see this walk through. This is an old dream, and one I have been living for a long time. So I will wait the time it takes, and then continue walking the Great Wall.