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October 16, 2007

Cut if off!

Whenever someone in the family hurts ourselves my Dad is the first to suggest cutting the hurt body part off. Because that will make the pain go away. Or it puts things into perspective.

Today he suggested I cut of my feet since they are giving me problems. After a visit to a podiatrist there is light at the end of the tunnel and I don't have to cut my feet off. I have two problems going on my feet that I think is caused by my weight gain. With my sleep apnea problem treated I was ready to start walking, but the pain in my feet, legs, and back were not helping.

I googled my foot pain and came up with plantars faciatiis. The tendions that connect your heel to to your toes tear. It is worse at night since they heal themselves then tear again the first time you walk in the morning. I was getting the pain after sitting for awhile. So I tried better shoes, inserts, stretching, foot wraps. No help.

Then football season started and walking could not be avoided. The first game was bad. 15 minutes into walking my legs were killing me, my back ached, and I had to walk in slow motion. OK, for most people I was probably walking a normal speed, but my husband is 6 foot 9. For every step he takes, I take two. And if he is in a hurry - make that 3 steps. The next game I just left from our tailgate early so that I did not have to rush.

But I knew at that point I needed to visit a doctor. So today he confirmed my self diagnosis and added something else to it. Morton's Neuroma. The nerve between the toe bones connected to my 2nd and 3rd toes is being squished by the bones and swelling. Must be why they feel numb. Usually it is between the 3rd and 4th toe, but not with my bones being close and my extra high arches.

I am taking anti-inflamitory drugs for a week and daily stretches. And I have to limit my walking. I hope our initial treatment works since the worst case scenario is surgery. Blah!!!

I did enjoy looking at the x-rays of my feet and my doctor took the time to explain it all to me. And when I went to confirm his diagnosis on-line - he is on target. So if you need a podiatrist in the Fort Worth area - let me know!

Posted by on October 16, 2007 07:17 PM |


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I am so happy your feet are on the way back to happiness! keep us posted!

Posted by: jj | October 17, 2007 02:54 PM


that's great that you don't need your feet cut off! I wish you the soonest recovering!

Posted by: Alice | October 19, 2007 01:33 AM


Isn't there some sense of relief at just having the right diagnosis? I hope you're able to avoid surgery. I'm having to do exercises and stretches along with physical therapy for my knee, and it's helping quite a bit. Even when my PT benefit runs out, I think I'm going to try to keep it up on my own and see how that goes rather than surgery.

Btw, I had surgery on my foot in 9th grade, but you probably don't remember. I had a bunion from a fall and as a result, my big toe was also crooked so they had to straighten it. I had a weird walking shoe on for about six weeks and was teased about it constantly (gotta love high school).

Posted by: Becky | October 19, 2007 05:04 PM


I have had the plantar faciatiis. that frickin' hurts so badly. Good Grief. It took months for it to go away and I did the anti-inflammatories. If you are doing Mobic, email me. (That's the one I did.)

I did get it to go away, but I did not have that secondary issue you have. Good luck. It sucks when your feet hurt.

Posted by: Bou | October 20, 2007 07:33 PM