50,000-59,999 SparkPoints 53,409

Plantar Fascitis, Family Weddings, and Other Challenges

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The past two-plus weeks have been really bad on the wellness front. They've dealt me more challenges than usual, and I haven't met them very well. Every day I try to do better than yesterday and I succeed more often than not but it's from such a low base that I know all I'm doing is inflicting less damage, not even damage control.

Let's start with the physical one: plantar fascitis. My left foot has been hurting for a while. And, like a typical stubborn Kraut, I didn't get it looked at right away. About three weeks ago a coworker noticed that I was limping while we walked to the cafeteria and gave me her podiatrist uncle's phone number. So I called him and went in. He chided me for waiting so long to see him because I was making the problem a lot worse; walking had become difficult and running impossible. Yeah, you think I would have learned better by now, but you'd be wrong. :) Anyway, he diagnosed the problem as plantar fascitis. Basically, the ligament that works in tandem with the Achilles tendon is inflamed.

The doctor gave me a pretty comprehensive treatment plan: I have to wear a wrap for a month, orthotic inserts in my shoes pretty much forever, stretch 3-4 times a day, and roll a can around on the floor as physical therapy. He also told me to take it easy in my workouts and gradually build back up to running. He forbade me from wearing flip-flops and any sandal I can't put my inserts into and suggested that high heels would ease the pain. My case isn't particularly bad but it could quickly become so if I don't do as I'm told. I am admittedly a bad patient - I'm stubborn and don't like to listen - but I'm working hard to comply this time. I've been good about wrapping my ankle and wearing my inserts; I even invested in new low-heeled shoes that work better with them (my beloved ballet flats just weren't tall enough to accommodate the inserts). The one place I overdid it was trimming back my workouts: I completely cut them out for two weeks. emoticon Talk about a counterproductive strategy! Yesterday I finally got back on the stationary bike and did very well with it. My new gym shoes - Asics gel evolution 6 - should make the elliptical doable again. And I'd like to start walking outside again. My goal is to do 3 gentle cardio workouts a week. I'll work ST back in after a week or two - they actually mess with my feet as badly as cardio does.

DH comes from a giant Catholic family and somebody is always celebrating some major life milestone. April was wedding month: we had one in South Carolina and another in Baltimore on back-to-back weekends. For me at least, that was a recipe for bad eating and skipped workouts. I tried to make sane choices and did pretty well but not nearly good enough considering that I'm not working out. I know that I've gained weight because of the way my pants fit but haven't yet been brave enough to step on the scale.

Easter, DH's birthday, and TOM all took a toll this month, too. My wonderful SIL very sweetly made us Easter baskets. Yikes, chocolate overload! And the guest bags at the weddings weren't exactly healthy, either. I could barely impose order on my eating habits during TOM this month. As if the hormones weren't enough, there's the deep disappointment of having failed to get pregnant. DH and I are trying to conceive and although it's only been two months, I'm disappointed each time my period starts. And somehow feel inadequate as a woman. Yes, I know this is irrational and a gross overstatement of reality, but there it is.

This weekend is also going to be very busy and the following we'll be in Wisconsin for my and my dad's birthdays. If previous history is any guide, I won't do a great job of eating well while I'm home; there are just too many tempting treats and family pressure to eat them. I think all I can do until we're home for a while is to focus on eating enough whole grains, freggies, and dairy, try to indulge in moderation, and get in those aforementioned 3 gentle cardio workouts. I think a more ambitious plan is doomed to failure. Sigh. But sometimes all you can do is damage control, and that's where I am right now.
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Remember to always take care of you and ALWAYS be kind to yourself too.
    2055 days ago
    Hang in there! Life is always going to get in the way of taking good care of ourselves. I think the most important thing is that you dealt with a setback responsibly and got back on track. Maybe you can remember these last few weeks in the future when something comes up. Then, you can remind yourself to see a doctor more quickly because you don't have time to waste! You've got things to DO, grrrrrrl!
    2057 days ago
    Did the podiatrist suggest cortizone shots at all? I battled it PF for 10+ yrs before finally getting a referral to a podiatrist. I got a shot in the foot.... twice.... and I have been pain free for 2 and a half yrs now.
    2058 days ago
    LOVE this blog. Giant hugs to you, JJ-love!

    With all this info is set down to be shared in candour and confidence, it sounds as if you can release its attendant negative feelings and relax a bit more into THIS moment, here where your damage control is fab and your self-acceptance is becoming more loving.

    Everything IS okay, really okay -- as are you. Events unfold in accord with the universe's innate wisdom; they always do. Seems you're called to ease up a leetle bit, refocus, and rediscover the simple joys before and within you here and now. So perhaps you can puff those raggedy feelings afloat & away with a friendly flick of your fingers, maybe try some meditative breathing, and 'hand it all over' to your higher power as often as needful.

    On the great foundation of your good work thus far for a healthier body, any challenge is FAR easier to cope with -- in its way, even the plantar fasciitis is on your side. An unwanted shift of routine seems to be a big help in the pregnancy quest for many of us, for some reason.

    Today, right now, everything is tickin' along fine. As another wonderful stubborn "Kraut," the remarkable Hildegard Von Bingen said about 800 years ago, "Love abounds in all things, excels from the depths to beyond the stars, is lovingly disposed to all things." Then along came Dame Julian of Norwich a few centuries later with, "All will be well, all will be well, all manner of things will be well."
    An immense chorus of wise and caring women through the ages is humming faith and encouragement to cradle you, Girl! If there's anxiety in your heart, replace it with loving welcome of what is to come to you, as you 'relax' in the embrace of Life ...
    (Having waxed all soulful here, I realize I'm talking to myself just as much as to you, dear JenJess, excepting the baby-quest!! Thanks for this chance to re-focus in trust! )
    2058 days ago
    I've had plantar fasciitis and it's a BEAR. Take all the advice given! Be sure to stretch in the morning before getting out of bed. It took 7 months for mine to completely heal.

    Try not to get too stressed out about trying to get pregnant -- that can be counterproductive!

    Good luck with all your challenges!
    2058 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

More Blogs by JENJESS48