It has continued, so I started thinking maybe my never-ending point shoe saga was to blame--and I'm sure isn't helping things.
So, since we're on a break from classes (during which I fully intend on just RESTING for once), I made an appointment with a foot/ankle specialist to get it checked out, just to be safe, especially since after break I'm going to that SI.
Good news: not my Achilles. Also not an os trigonum issue (whew). Bad news: I have some inflammation/tendonitis in my flexor hallucis longus tendon*. (yea, trying saying that fast...or at all).
|Its the tendon that runs from your calf area, up under your foot to your big toe.|
(This picture was shamelessly stolen from Wikipedia.)
I'm on a course of steroids for about a week to help the inflammation, and in the future I'll have to be sure to ice myself after dancing. I told the doctor about my pointe shoe woes (e.g. how all the pressure was on my big toe), and he said that was very likely contributing. Moral of the story: get a proper pointe shoe fitting, kids!
*My favorite part of that online article I linked for the FHL tendon is the bit that says, "This is particularly common in ballet dancers who spend significant time rising onto their toes." Um, yes. That'd be me.