Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Fancy Footwear

After months of hobbling around trying to heal a painful right foot, I finally went to the orthopedist Monday.

He put me back in a boot.


I was in a surgical shoe for a similar issue in late 2011. I still have the surgical shoe and since it is less bulky than this monstrous thing that goes all the way to my knee I suspect I will be wearing it some, as well. Particularly when I go out if I feel I need to.

The diagnosis was a multiple one of arthritis, plantar fasciitis, and tendonitis. I have the three itises, I guess. I have been limping around for a while.

I've had trouble with my feet since 2007, off and on. Plantar fasciitis is a bear and it eases up but apparently is never cured. The first time it flared up it was mostly in the left foot; this time it's the other side.

The doctor also recommended I wear a night splint, which is essentially the same thing you see above except you wear it at night and you aren't supposed to walk in it much. I have tried one in the past and not found it especially helpful; also, it interfered greatly with my sleep and getting your sleep is as important as anything else. So I don't know that I will follow that recommendation but I will look for the night splint I used last time.

2 comments:

  1. Well, THAT doesn't look comfortable! I sure hope it helps! A person should only be allowed to have one "itis" at a time. Please inform someone in charge and send two back.

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  2. My myofascial release therapist, who fixed my heel spur/plantar fasciitis a few years ago, said the night splint isn't a good idea. You should onny wear the splint about 15 minutes at a time (several times a day). Keeping your foot in the "toe-up" position for very long is detrimental rather than helpful.

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