How a sling changed more than my foot…

Don’t you hate it when people take pictures of their feet and post them? Usually, it’s on a beach somewhere, with a perfect pedicure on straight toes and a crashing surf in the background.

Those are not the kind of feet I have. Mine have been crooked all of my life, so much so that I am used to their irregularity. They don’t hurt very much anymore, as a general rule, until this plantar fasciitis thing kicked in.

I have been coping with that since February: icing, taping, stretching, wearing a compression sock (the equivalent of Spanx for your foot, but not any more comfortable), and taking NSAIDs. Nothing has helped.

You give me enough time, I’ll finally go see a doctor, and so with a walking tour planned for October, I thought this might be the time. Off I went last Wednesday.

“You have been suffering with this for far too long,” she said when she walked into the room where I was waiting. She gave me a cortisone shot, a Velcro sling, and an appointment in two weeks if I need it.

Wait. All of this pain has been going on longer than necessary? I have been suffering for months needlessly?

It seems like there’s a lesson in there somewhere. I mean, in between being a stoic, and being a big baby, is the place to be. It never really occurred to me that there were other options than endurance. But, now that I’m aware of that? I think that I will be more open to finding an avenue which doesn’t require gritting one’s teeth against every opposition.

Have you found that balance?

20 thoughts on “How a sling changed more than my foot…”

  1. I’m not sure I’ve found that balance, either. We fix–or try to fix–things when we need to. I hope you’ll be pain-free soon. The cat in the photo is darling!

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    1. The balance I want to strike is between knowing what I can fix and what I can’t. That is the struggle for me. As for cats, we have two charming, and utterly indolent, sweethearts.

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    1. 😉

      I draw the line at surgery, refusing to have my feet (or any other part) cut once again. I’ve had two surgeries on both feet, neither were able to produce flawless feet.

      However, my neighbors have each had knee surgery with remarkably effective results.

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  2. I am suffering from the very same thing right now. Have been for two months. I’ve had it before and self care, when I do it, heals it in about 4-5 weeks but it’s not getting better but worse and now my entire lower leg is involved. I was at the doctor dealing with my daughter’s concussion and thought about asking about my foot too but it was Friday and late already and I just wanted out. So now I can barely walk. I hope I can see the doctor soon. There is no time.

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    1. I feel for you, Ti! Perhaps a cortisone shot is what you need as well? Mine was Wednesday, today is Friday, and already I am greatly improved. Go, before it gets worse.

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  3. My poor husband has very flat feet and has suffered from plantar fasciitis on and off for several years. His foot has been bothering him quite a bit these past few months (I make him “hike” a little bit on our road trips), so maybe a sling will help him with his pain. I will share your post with him.

    I’ve been absent from blog hopping these past couple of weeks, but hope to catch up on my favorites, although I may not always comment. We are having a wonderful road trip and today was the best. I saw the Grand Canyon for the very first time. It literally took my breath away. SO beautiful!!

    Take care, dear friend. xoxo

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    1. I have seen the Grand Canyon twice in my life, and both times was literally moved to tears. Did I tell you when I was between fourth and fifth grade I walked down it by myself? That is a long story, but at 11 I proved to myself that I can do what I set out to do; it was an invaluable lesson. Now there are signs saying, “Do not attempt to walk down and back up in the same day.” A lot has changed…

      Tell Rod if all else fails to get a cortisone shot. It was nothing short of miraculous for me. Of course, icing, taping and reading can be helpful before it gets too bad. 😜

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      1. I am very impressed that you walked down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and at such a young age! I only went just a little bit further than the 1 1/2 mile rest house, so it was probably a total of 3.25 miles. I might have been able to do the full 8+, had a started earlier in the day and earlier in my life. 🙂

        I’ll pass your suggestion on to Rod. Thank you!

        xoxo

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  4. Well am sorry and happy
    Sorry for all the needless pain you been through and happy that your case isn’t that chronic.
    Somehow just like you I had always bad vision but somehow thought this was normal for everyone but eventually I went to hospital and got eyeglasses.
    What amazes me is how I could live all those years without eye glasses

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    1. You have extraordinary courage to deal with troubled sight, feet aren’t nearly so important. Yet we can set our minds on managing with what we have, can’t we? And there is surely a place for courage and accepting what is.

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  5. Glad you got some relief from your foot pain! And I do understand not necessarily running to the doctor with it. My problem is more that I usually fear the cure will be worse than the pain. Most of the time it’s not, right? Our daughter has that problem at times and it’s tough for her when she’s on her shift at the hospital and has to stand a lot – like through a birth or C-section, etc. However, she doesn’t have my issue with going to a doctor – ha! Happily. Take care and hope this solves it for you.

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    1. I usually fear the cure will be worse than the pain…exactly! Teachers, and those who work in hospitals, and all others who stand so much in their day probably all know of which I speak. Glad your daughter trusts more than I (we?) do. Xo

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  6. Been there. I feel for you. I let mine go so long, that the shoe implants, the laser therapy and the giant rubber band exercises weren’t enough. One coritsone shot was enought for me – no more. I had it TOPAZed. No cutting, just a laser begin driven into the heel multiple times. A pain in the butt/foot for a few days, mostly because I had to ice it so frequently.And of course, you cant get it wet. Then it was another year in the healing, because the surgery only kick starts the natural healing process.Whats so annoying is that you never know whether your case is going to heal on its own, or do you need a podiatrist. I gained weight in the process and lost essentially two years out of my life.

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    1. Oh, Abby, all of that sounds dreadful! It sounds as difficult as when I had surgery on both of my feet in 1975 and then again in 2006. The first time I wore casts, the second time tennis shoes were sufficient, but I understand the can’t-get-it-wet, and will-natural-healing-take-place?- stuff. Your situation sounds so complicated and uncomfortable, I guess it is a good reminder to go sooner vs. later, and I surely hope that you’re better now. (I have never heard of TOPAZ before…)

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      1. It was more annoying than dreadful. I was not awake during the surgery, so I can’t tell you how it felt, only that the recovery was slow. The point was to kick start the natural healing process, so from that point it was worth it. Topazing is something used these days to do just that- give the healing process a prod in the right direction. Someone told me her son had a wart topazed, so it has multiple uses. I had never heard of it before either. I will say,though, that your situation sounds much more a painful and complicated.

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