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Who knew such a small bone could cause such a big problem!

Sunday, July 08, 2012

It's called the cuboid bone, and it is right there on top of your foot. . .turns out it's pretty important, lol :) I added a link at the bottom of this blog to an image of the bones in the feet if you want to see the cuboid bone.

Okay, so on Friday I drove for an hour, then cleaned a 4,700 square foot house. . .drove for another hour back home. . .and sprained my foot carrying my things into the house (this after traipsing up and down stairs for 7 hours while I cleaned, without so much as one stumble)! What's up with that? I do the darndest things to myself, let me tell you.

The good news is that I'm learning more about my body every time something happens. This whole foot sprain thing has been the journey of a lifetime. I finally learned to get the heck off my feet and ice-ice-ice. I rested all day yesterday, iced the foot, and kept it wrapped or in a brace whenever I was up walking. Guess what??? I'm walking today with only a slight limp (and I am still taking it easy).

While I was on my bum yesterday resting my foot, I spent a lot of time on the internet studying the anatomy of feet. . .bones, ligaments, tendons, joints. I also spent a lot of time reading about injuries. I actually isolated the problem to the area around the cuboid bone. It's swollen immediately above that bone, and there is bruising all around the area, with a dime-size bruise on the outside of my foot.

This has been happening to me all my life. I can't remember a time when this foot (my left foot. . .no pun intended) hasn't given me a problem. I can remember standing in youth choir when I was a teenager and the foot rolling on me without warning (imagine dominoes falling, and you'll get the picture). My fellow choir members learned to catch me when I went down to stop the domino effect, lol.

To make a long story short, I'm looking at this as a blessing in disguise, since I am on the verge of trying my hand at running. The Lord knew I needed to be reminded of my problem foot before I went very far down this road.

I'm going to see my chiropractor tomorrow, so she can rule out sublaxation of the cuboid bone as the cause of my problem. Then I'm going to keep digging until I figure out how to correct or at least compensate for the issue. I am not going to use this as an excuse not to exercise; I'm just going to do what I can to correct the cause. . .and then move on.

Did you know that the cuboid bone is integral to our balance? Maybe that's why I've always been a klutz, lol. Suffice to say, I'm glad this happened when I was walking rather than when I was running or going up and down stairs.

When life throws you lemons, make lemonade!
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    2148 days ago
    I am glad you are taking care of your foot the way you should. Those feet are pretty important since we use them every day. We tend to take them for granted, when what we should do is take great care of them and treasure them, since it's our feet that will ultimately carry us to our goal!

    2148 days ago
  • TEAGUE1612
    i have problems with my feet too! you take them so much for granted until they stop working!
    2148 days ago
    I hope you're back to being as good as new in no time. I used to get a lot of sprained ankles as a kid too. It's not great to be so wobbly! lol HUGS.
    2148 days ago
    Feet are the most important part of our body if we stop and think. I never had even heard of the sesamoid bone until my podiatrist mentioned it. It is a small bone (about the size of a dime) that sits underneath the ball of the foot. When it slips out of place you'd think you were walking on hot coals. Not a fun time.

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    2148 days ago
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