Pesky leg update

Since my marathon in April, I have not been following any training plan. I have enjoyed doing what I want, when I want, as long as I am exercising 4 to 5 days a week. I was happy to have the variety…pool, weights, and if I was running, I ran by feel. Mid May, I did speed work on Sunday. Hill repeats on Monday. Yoga on Tuesday. While the running felt great and I had no issues, my muscles were probably tired, and so when I did yoga Tuesday, the downward dog stretch was too much for my lower legs.

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I immediately felt a slight twinge, but didn’t think much of it. The next day I had an annoying pain in the back of my lower leg. I cut back on the running but didn’t completely take any time off. After 2 weeks, the tight pain was affecting my gait and I figured that wasn’t good. I finally saw my doctor. He prescribed an ultrasound and sent me to a sports doctor.

The ultrasound was about 3 weeks after my injury and although I was feeling better I figured I should go. (The ultrasound was exactly like when you are pregnant except on your leg and not the tummy !) It showed no damage to the Achiles or muscles.

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So I felt kind of stupid when I went to see the sports doctor this week. I mean, I hardly have any pain and running this past weekend felt pretty good, so why go ?

I didn’t realize it, but this sports doctor is quite famous in France and works very closely with the Olympic field & track athletes.  Firstly, he examined me and diagnosed the same issue as my primary care doctor : too much strain on the area where the Achilles tendon meets the muscles at the back of the leg. Very common injury. So, he proceeded to do some “mesotherapy”.

What is it ? In short, small injections of anti-inflammatory pain killers, directly to the affected area.

Long version : Mesotherapy involves the delivery of small amounts of FDA approved medications (non-cortisone, non-steroid) via local injections instead of ingesting or injecting intramuscularly or intravenously much larger dosages of medications, which are filtered in the liver and kidney and travel throughout one’s body. (source :

The article goes on to say : Overuse of the muscles can cause inflammation to the muscle, which can be extremely painful and healing can be a lengthy process. Mesotherapy can be used to effectively treat muscle soreness and inflammation due to injury and to speed up recovery time.

How did it work ? He firstly sprayed my lower leg with an aerosol that cooled / desensitized it. There were then 6 or 7 (so I thought) small injections of the medication directly into the trouble area. The injection divice is sort of like something used by diabetics to prick their finger. It took all of 2 minutes and I didn’t feel a thing.


When I looked closely, there were over 20 injection areas.


He told me to wait 4 days before I can run, then I am good to go. He also told me if I ever am injured to immediately call him. I would have saved myself 4 weeks  !

I have a race this Sunday and one again next Saturday and I am impatient. I haven’t run for 5 days and I feel awful, physically and mentally. I will take it easy Sunday because it is a 15K race, but I am so happy to get back to it !

Every heard of mesotherapy ? Tried it ?


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Comments: 13

  1. I’ve not heard of that exact therapy. Glad to hear that the shots did not hurt. hope you are on the mend
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 18, 2016 at 6:57 am Reply

      Didn’t hurt at all !

  2. Marcia June 17, 2016 at 1:37 am Reply

    I’ve not heard of this but it looks promising. I hope it does the trick for you!
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  3. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy June 17, 2016 at 1:34 pm Reply

    No, I’ve never heard of it. Not sure I’d try it but I hope it works for you!
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 18, 2016 at 6:57 am Reply

      Will tell you tomorrow after my race / run !

  4. Elizabeth June 17, 2016 at 8:18 pm Reply

    I’ve never heard of mesotherapy either! Is it working? I’m glad you found a helpful doctor. I went to a free PT consultation a year ago and it worked, so I’ve never found a sports doctor. There are times when it would give me peace of mind to know what’s causing a nagging pain! Hope your leg is already feeling better!
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 18, 2016 at 6:55 am Reply

      I have never done PT but chiropractor and osteopath (which is a bit different here, very much like a chiropractor). LOVED both, it helped immensely.

  5. Kimberly Hatting June 17, 2016 at 11:56 pm Reply

    I’m excited you’re feeling better!!! That treatment looks interesting…I like the “no feel” thing about it (#needlephobia). Hang in there…the miles are coming soon!! 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 18, 2016 at 6:54 am Reply

      Thanks Kim. I am so excited too. No running has been hard. I am now impatient !

  6. Coco June 19, 2016 at 7:32 pm Reply

    Wow, I haven’t heard of this, but the direct injection makes sense. I hope your race went well today, but I’m not sure a 15K at any pace counts as taking it easy!

    • Karen - Fit in France June 19, 2016 at 10:38 pm Reply

      Mesotherapy in the US is used among plastic surgeons but a lot less for pain management.

  7. Karen June 22, 2016 at 4:53 pm Reply

    I have not heard of that, but I did have pain injections into my shoulder and my foot years ago, but i think I had the bad stuff, the steroids.
    I hope this helps you feel better soon! It is nice to be treated by such an expert.
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    • Karen - Fit in France June 26, 2016 at 2:49 pm Reply

      My leg is feeling pretty good though my hamstring seems to be a bit tight. No steroids for me though !

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