Thursday, December 23, 2010
I went to the orthopedic foot doctor about 2 years ago and I think either my feet are worse or my arch supports need replacing. Sometimes I suddenly get a disabling pain which feels like it is in my ankle (same symptom I got before the diagnosis of accessory naviculars in both feet) and I just have to stop moving and take the weight off that foot. Most of the time it is just a dull ache. At night I can't stand the weight of the blanket on my feet, especially if I am lying on my back. When I go to the hospital or a motel the first thing I do is untuck the covers at the bottom of the bed so I can stick my feet out (gotta wear socks to bed or the feet get cold). [Did somebody say I am high maintenance?] Anyhoo, have to get to work early so I can get off with plenty of time to get to my appointment on time. Thank goodness this doctor is located near my home so I won't be driving all over town. We are expected to get MORE SNOW today (oh, joy!!!)
BTW: Accessory navicular is an extra bone in the foot which occurred because when one is 9 or 10 years old two bone are supposed to fuse into 1 but sometimes they don't. The resulting two bones then rub on the tendon in the arch of the foot causing irriation. About 10% of the population have this but most do not cause problems; however, I was fine until I was 62 or 63 years old. Then one night I woke up with pain in one foot and a few days later the other foot started hurting and before I knew it I had to hobble around with a cane. The custom arch supports have helped until the past few months. If new arch supports don't help, the next treatment is surgery which I hope to avoid as I have had more than enough surgeries (6 in the past 4 years).