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I hate insomnia (and I'm not too crazy about sore feet, either). Grumpy blog.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I am feeling very frustrated with my foot. I had been having pain in my right foot during the late spring/summer when my shoes wore out and I continued to try to work out in them (dumb, yes.) I changed shoes, changed insoles, replaced insoles, rested the foot, babied the foot, and the foot seemed to get better. I woke up in the middle of the night last night (I have been having some anxiety-related insomnia lately...I'll get to the cause of that in a minute) with pain in the ball of my foot. Wah! emoticon

When I got up this morning, I checked my insoles and they are worn out. I think that my recent increase in walking and getting more steps into my day was just enough, combined with the worn-out insoles, to make my foot sore again. UGH. So I rested this afternoon instead of taking my usual walk and I bought myself a new pair of insoles. I hope it does the trick.

Now, on to the cause of my anxiety and insomnia (because I know you are waiting breathlessly ;) My co-teacher, who is also a good friend, has resigned and her last day is November 2. We have worked together for 2 years and we are such a great team. Unfortunately, she has some serious health issues that are making it necessary for her to change jobs. I am going to miss her so much, and the kids are too. She is so supportive and good with kids and we have so many great laughs together. I am glad she is taking care of her health, but I wish she didn't have to go. I am really nervous about starting with someone new, especially two months into the school year. It is hard to find a co-teacher you really click with. I have some very challenging kids in my class this year, who have been especially difficult lately and I am constantly trying to figure out what to try next with them.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that I have a humungoid pile of lesson plans, assessments, checklists, and a grad school project all due this week.

No wonder I can't fricken sleep.

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  • GLC2009
    what worked for me for pf was rolling a bottle of frozen water with my foot. the chilling really helped along with the rolling.
    1921 days ago
    That's definitely a lot on your plate there! Sorry about your foot - I totally understand that because I just figured out that that's why MY feet (mainly my ankles) have been hurting so much lately: worn out shoes. Buying a new pair seems to have helped me tremendously so far...I hope your foot feels better soon too! And I understand nerves about working with new people. That's always nerve-wracking. But you very well could click beautifully together and work great together. I know it's easier said than done, but try not to worry about that too much. I am terrible at following this advice, but I do try to remember the phrase: Worrying now is just paying a debt you may not owe. Can't remember where I read that - here on SP? - but I do find it helpful. Sometimes. :)

    Good luck with everything!
    1921 days ago
    sorry to hear about your foot pain - I feel for ya. I have dealt with PF (that doesn't stand for anything else, does it?) - rolling my feet on top of a tennis ball really helped and I made sure i stretched my feet a little before stepping onto them first thing in the morning - it eventually healed up and I haven't had any of it for several years.

    i hope you get some real, good sleep soon.

    and about the co-teacher - if you don't click with the new one, just remember you were there first ;)
    1921 days ago
    Your anxiety definitively sounds justified but hang in there, change is sometimes the best thing for us.

    As for your foot, I agree with some of what the others said, it may be plantar fasciitis or something more serious like a stress fracture if you keep exercising on not so supportive shoes. I work as an orthopedist, specializing in foot/ankle stuff so I see that type of thing happen all the time. If the new in soles and icing/stretching doesn't help, I'd definitely seek out some medical advice.
    1921 days ago
    Good luck with the new co-teach person. My husband is a teacher and it's always hard to start working with someone new just as you are settling into your daily school routine. Be patient with the new person, it will be just as stressful for them.
    1921 days ago
    I have periods of Plantar Fascititis too sometimes, and the stretches work, but I always had to rest it for awhile too. They have "boots" that you can wear which continually stretch the ball of your foot overnight or when you're resting. You can find them in "FootSmart" catalog and I've seen them in places like Walgreens too. I hope that you get along well with a new co-teacher and that you get through your paperwork.
    Then hopefully our LYDDIECAT can snooze again.
    1921 days ago
    i think foot stetches will help . this year i have a pain in the top of my foot it is there all the time sometimes worse. life i guess. try not to lose to much sleep until you find out if your new coworker is a fit or not. I work with two other people who worked for years together and are best friends and one doesn't like me. why i don't know, tryed everything . Just decided myself not to lose any more sleep over this it is was it is. I need sleep so do you hope you get some tonight. emoticon
    1921 days ago
    Don't forget ice and elevation for the foot. They may help, along with the stretches. I've had plantar fasciitis, too, and it's ungodly painful.

    Sorry you're losing your co-teacher. Finding a good partner is definitely tough and all change is stressful.

    Plus, you have a full plate with the grad school stuff.

    Try to take a little time for yourself and treat yourself well.

    1921 days ago
    I agree with the idea of stretching more. There are even stretches you can do for your foot. It could help.

    I get the whole "changing partners mid-stream" stress. I've been there at times. It just sucks. I'm glad your friend is taking care of herself. Hope your new co-teacher and you can click.

    1921 days ago
    I do have plantar fasciitis; it was different pain before, but maybe I have stressed a different part of the muscle? I don't know, but stretches are a great idea. I used to do them every day, and I think I should start again. Thanks for your suggestion!
    1921 days ago
    Are you sure you don't have a plantar's wart? Plantar Fasciitis is also something that causes pain in the ball of the foot. I had a severe case of it and finally, after buying expensive prescription insoles which gave a modest amount of relief, got some instruction on stretches from a physical therapist which really helped a lot. I have not been troubled with the pain since. Just in case you would like to try it, the best stretch is to take your heel in one hand and pull upwards on the toes to stretch the tendons in the sole of your foot. You can get a similar effect from rolling over on your stomach in bed and digging your toes into the mattress. I still do that almost every day.
    1921 days ago
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