My heel spur is a PAIN (pun intended)...
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Well, maybe not that bad, but it's very much like a roller coaster. Yesterday, I tried spending 1/2 on a "slant board" as a way to lengthen the backs of my heels/feet/ankle, per drs. instructions. I did ok for about 15 mins,. then started feeling it in my affected heel. By the end of the 1/2 hour I think I set myself back 1/2 a step with the healing process instead of moving forward :( Live and learn. I've done this kind of thing a few times- tried something, and found it wasn't helpful - whether it was too much time or the wrong way of doing it.... Fortunately, it didn't put me back tooo far.
It seems I'm best off when I just leave it alone. Doing the stretches on my feet at work seems to be ok - just 10 seconds, 3x or so doesn't increase the heel pain, and yet I feel I'm doing SOMETHING positive.
That's the worst part of this all - sitting still and letting my body heal itself.
As for work, I have a mostly desk job, so I can keep any pressure to a minimum. It's a balancing act though, because while walking (with impact) is bad for my heel, NOT walking is bad for my back. I've done pretty well today. I have a non-windowed file room only I have access to. I hide out there for 10 minutes to do my back stretches, crunches, and now my calf stretches. I also find that if I change the initial impact when I walk to the front of my foot, I prevent any painful impact at all. My skill at walking this way is becoming more consistent and I'm gaining a little speed. Of course I have to be careful that I don't compensate so much that it throws off my balance, which in turn affects my back.
At this very moment (12:25pm) I'm starting to feel psiatic pain, which is not good. I haven't found any stretching or other exercise to reduce that pain, and usually wind up taking a pain killer if it becomes too painful for too long. I really try hard to maintain good posture while sitting, but then sitting is evil too!! Talk about catch 22!
But, even with all these details, I am still very grateful that I am as mobile as I am, that my injury is relatively mild and that I am ABLE to relax - I don't have small kids or other things in my life that force me to be on my feet whether I like it or not.
This weekend will be good too. We are visiting my parents house, and my choices for activities include swimming in a local pool (great exercise, no impact) if it's hot enough, or basically lounging around with my mom reading much of the weekend.
This is all good if I can just STOP pushing myself and GIVE IT TIME!! ugh :o