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Monday, August 26, 2013

A few months ago I had an appointment with a foot doctor. On and off for several years I've had what, my mom, my family doctor and I thought was a toe fungus. At this appointment the doctor clipped a small piece of nail off the big toe of my right foot and said she'd send it to the lab to get tested.

Next, she looked at my orthodics and running shoes. From my running shoes she could easily tell that with my left foot I walk normally, heel toe. My right however I don't. I walk mainly on my toes, toe, heel. Also my right leg is .7 cm shorter which might be 1 reason I've always limped. My orthodics; basically there she said next time I need a new pair she would recommend a couple changes.

BUT the big issue: she also said that based on what she's seeing she: 1) recommends I don't do too much walking or running and 2) when I eventually, get a full-time job I get something where I am not on my feet all day. She's worried that 10-15 maybe even 20 years down the road, I could potentially get hip arthritis because of the way I walk.

BUT, but..I can't give that up! I get that cycling and swimming might be better for me but walking and especially running give me this "high' that I need! I love it!

What do I do???
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    Thanks everyone!
    1732 days ago
    Great advice you've been given here. It's always worth getting a second opinion when it involves possibly giving up something you enjoy and is healthy. I hope you find someone who can keep you running and walking.
    1732 days ago
    I agree with BOBBYD31, I think you need a second opinion, I would hate to see you give up things you enjoy doing if you don't have too.
    1734 days ago

    My father had a similar problem. he basicaly can't put his heal down on his right foot and walks on the out side of his other foot. He is 99 yrs old and doesn't have hip arthritis. He does have arthritis in his fingers though.. He couldn't run much because of all that, but he walked quite a bit.

    I'd say get good orthodics for your running shoes and make sure you give your body a days rest at least between your runs.

    1734 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    first, the only true way to know if a leg is longer is a full body x-ray, no other way! second i am 51 and have had a bit of a limp forever, hips are still good to go and i work on my feet between 6-10 hours per day since i was 22. only an orthopedic or chiropractor would be qualified to decide on the issues, my sister has a shorter leg and wears 1/2" lift on her heel to keep her level.
    if you are concerned and having problems see a chiro or ortho other wise you should be good to go but i am not a physician, just giving you advice from experience
    1735 days ago
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