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Bum knee (pt. 3)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Thank you so much for all your concern. I really appreciate it!

I would have given you your update sooner, but I was called in to work today unexpectedly so I had to go straight from the doctor. It was quite hectic and I just crashed when I got home. Having just woken up from my unexpected nap I wanted to update all my super supportive Sparkers!!

The knee continues to feel a little bit better each day but I was told to remain off it as much as I could for the next two weeks and then return for a progress report. This is not a knee replacement issue, but arthritis. (ugh!!) That paired with a super strained/pulled muscle just underneath and below my knee cap is what sent me into a panic. I am now on elevated knee rest, Advil, and the doctor also prescribed orthotic inserts for my shoes. They felt really weird at first when I put them in, but now I can honestly say I must have really needed them because my plantar facitis is feeling much better! I will keep up the stretched I do to keep that at bay along with the frozen water bottles I roll underneath my feet at the end of every day, but I am really liking the support.

So, no running for a while and minimal walking as well. This is going to be tough for me since I am so used to being active, but it will be well worth it in the end!
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    I recently got orthotics for my running shoes and dress shoes for plantar fasciitis. The ones for the running shoes are great. The dress shoes were terrible. I went back to the inserts that came with the shoes (Clarks - they are more deeply padded and provide better support to my heel.) My feet feel so good in my Clarks pumps.

    All to say that I agree that shoe inserts can make all the difference.

    I hope the pain subsides soon.
    1737 days ago
    Hope the knee feels better soon. I don't know much about knee replacement or treatment for arthritis, but after my son had recovered from surgery for a meniscus tear, his physical therapist recommended several rather subtle exercises to help strengthen the surrounding area to help protect the knee down the road. Most were common exercises, but the PT had him vary the angle of motion and/or range of motion of the movements periodically. These are thing his PT recommends he continue into the future to keep the area strong. His surgeon is pleased with his progress. If you have access to a PT your doctor can refer you, they might be able to make recommendations that could prevent flare ups in the future and allow you to continue with the running and other activities you enjoy.
    1738 days ago
    At least you have your answer and hopefully in two weeks you'll be right as rain! My mom has plantar fasciitis really bad and the orthotics worked miracles. Have you heard of the tennis ball in the freezer trick?

    Anyways, take care of yourself and take it easy!
    1738 days ago
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    1738 days ago
    I have a lot of issues with my knees as well. I wish you the best of luck on your recovery process!
    1738 days ago
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