What’s a-foot?

Yeah yeah, I know, twelve inches 😀
All joking aside though, I have a problem.
I had my six monthly diabetes check on Monday and the nurse told me the results of my blood test were ‘superb’.  My weight has gone up a little (I’m not very pleased about that, especially as we’ve been so good lately by banning the bad stuff until last Thursday happened), but she said that was ‘Winter weight’ and nothing to worry about.

feetMy problem is my feet.

I said the other day that my feet hurt, having walked Maggie some considerable distance. In fact Hubby and I have been trying to walk further, not just to lose weight, but to increase our circulation and raise our fitness levels.

I’ve had sore heels for a while and thought it might be a simple case of hard skin, but I mentioned it to the nurse anyway (as a diabetic I have to look after my feet) and she had a look.
I have good circulation (hairy toes) and a strong pulse in both. I also have good sensation, having nearly knocked her teeth out when she hit a ticklish spot (I had my eyes closed so that I didn’t know where she was going to touch), again in both.

As the pain is purely in my heels, she believes I have Plantar Fasciitis.

Source: Mayo Clinic
Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.
Plantar fasciitis typically causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel. The pain is usually worst with the first few steps after awakening, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or getting up from a seated position.

It appears then that excessive walking (dog), long periods of standing (supermarket queues), age (40-60), gender (affects more women than men), being overweight (yeah, I know) and the wrong footwear (I haven’t worn high heels for years) all contribute to the problem, which, as stated above, can be at its most painful first thing in the morning or after sitting/resting for any length of time.

8234THERMOSKIN ANKLE FOOT FACIA EXTENSOR PLANTAR

Treatment varies, including a steroid injection into the heel (my mother had this years ago, said she’d never experienced pain like it, and couldn’t walk properly for three days) or foot appliances, but for the moment I am using the anti-inflammatory cream I use for my hands sometimes, and putting heel pads in my shoes. I walked the dog this morning, and it was considerably less painful.

The good news is that it’s not normally permanent so hopefully in a few weeks I won’t be hobbling quite so much. At least I don’t need these!
crutches

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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7 Responses to What’s a-foot?

  1. amommasview says:

    Hope you feel better soon.

  2. Another big help could be to soak your feet in Epsom Salt and warm water. 🙂

  3. Sounds like it is already getting better!

  4. scifihammy says:

    Ouch! Sorry to hear of your foot pains. A friend of mine has this problem. Her doc told her to roll her foot on a rod in the mornings to stretch it before walking!! Hope yours clears up soon. 🙂

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