I don’t know if you guys have noticed yet, but I am in no way a professional at this healthy lifestyle thing. I’m not a nutritionist, I’m not a doctor, I’m not a personal trainer. All I claim to be is a regular old person trying to figure this thing out for herself. This is why, even I, have questions and need to gain insight from other people sometimes. So in this entry I’d like to pose a question to my audience (however small it may be) and get some advice. So here goes…
I was born with flat feet. Which to normal people with an arch in their foot, this might not sound like a very big deal, but it actually is quite a difficult thing to live with. When I was little the doctor told my parents to get me some corrective shoes to kind of “nip this problem in the bud before it got out of control”. I would really like to thank that doctor wherever he is for trying. He really did try. But for some reason or another my parents didn’t think it was necessary. After all, my mother has flat feet and has never had any real problems. Well of course that just couldn’t pan out the same for me. I’ve had problems with my feet and legs for as long as I could remember. I’ve always had foot pain, almost to the point where it is debilitating. In my younger years we started to realize it was a problem when I kept spraining my ankle. We soon realized that it was because I was walking improperly because of the shape of my feet and finally I bit the big one and hurt myself really bad my senior year of high school. I had to go to physical therapy for six months or so and went to see a podiatrist. The podiatrist told me that my feet, legs, knees, and hips were slowly becoming deformed and had personal inserts made for my feet to put in my shoes. They were supposed to “create an arch” for me or something. This was when I was around 18 years of age. I don’t know if those inserts would have truly helped anything or not but I never wore them. I know I know shame on me. The main reason I didn’t wear them was simply because, well they hurt my legs really bad. Every time I would put those things in my shoes and walk with them I felt like I was wearing cinderblocks on my feet. They made walking painful and cumbersome. Plus I could only wear them in tennis shoes and as a teenage girl I wasn’t about to only wear clunky tennis shoes and give up my flip flops. So I never wore the inserts very much. I tried to wear supportive shoes whenever I walked long distances but this battle between me and my feet has been going on for a really long time. And I feel like soon enough this whole thing is about to culminate in surgery for me. So here’s my current problem:
I started walking and running in the neighborhood behind my apartment complex for the last few weeks. Everything was going great until like an idiot I wore the wrong socks one afternoon and rubbed cuts into the back of my heels. Not smart. So I patched myself up with some big bandages and kept going. However the bandages were a little awkward so I feel like I might have favored one foot over the other the next day when I was walking. Like I might have walked funny because I was still tender from the cuts. The next day I woke up with outstanding foot pain. Specifically in my left foot on my heel leading into my instep. Which made sense because my right foot was the one that had the bigger cut and was the most painful. I could see how maybe I would have favored my left foot. Some mornings I wake up and my foot feels completely normal but the more I put weight on it and the more I walk around during the day the more sore my foot becomes until it becomes unbearable. Other mornings I wake up and my foot is so painful and stiff I can barely even touch it to the floor. I can stand on my feet for maybe 30 minutes and then after that I am completely incapacitated. If I’ve been on my feet for awhile, even when I am able to sit down my foot is throbbing. It’s gotten to the point where I am trying to work out and I am literally limping down the road like a wounded animal with tears in my eyes.
My dad is an experienced athlete so I called him up and asked him what he thought. At first I thought that I could have a stress fracture due to the severity of the pain but as I researched it a bit I realized that the only way I could really have a stress fracture in my heel is if I would have hit it and there would have been some kind of trauma. My dad said that it sounded like a stone bruise which…while I was looking it up…had a few conflicting sources on what a stone bruise actually is. So I’m just confused. And my pain has not subsided and it’s been a good week and a half since the pain started. I’m thinking of going to the doctor, but, you know how expensive it is to go see a specialist…if this is something that could be fixed with home remedies I would really appreciate any information you can give. Given my history with foot issues, I’m not at all surprised this is happening to me. But there is no discoloration, no swelling at all. It looks normal and there is just a lot of pain. There is no visible trauma or anything. I’m just getting sick of this pain. Sometimes there seems to be something of a burning sensation on my heel where the pain is. It’s just strange.
Meanwhile as I am recovering from this little foot injury, I would really like to start doing alternative exercises. The cool thing is that the other day while I was going through some old boxes of stuff, I found some packets of paper my aunt sent me of really good floor exercises that I could get really good at. These are low impact exercises that won’t put very much stress on my foot. (I will be trying out all of these routines and sharing them with my readers here on the blog!) I don’t know if this is the right thing to do or if I should still try to walk with my sore foot. The thing is that I wore my inserts the other day to work out and they seemed to be making my pains worse. I’m really excited because warm weather is coming and my apartment complex has a nice pool. Swimming is really good for you and very low impact on joints. I just pinned a pin on Pinterest talking about good pool exercises that don’t involve laps. And I actually like to swim laps but I really would like to check some of those out. Maybe you will see some of them featured here on the blog! 🙂
Anyway let me know what you think about my situation and if you have any comments or advice please leave them at the bottom of the page! Thanks in advance for your input!
Eat, Pray, Love,
UPDATE: So this is a quick update since I wrote the first draft of this entry. I’ve been keeping off my foot for about 4 days now and the pain seems to be significantly less and barely noticeable at times. However, like I said, if I overuse my foot it does start up again. I’ve been trying to massage it and keep it elevated when I’m not standing and it does seem a lot better. But just in case it comes back to full power I still want opinions. Thanks in advance again everyone!