We tend to focus on the things that aren't working and forget to be gratefull for all the parts that are. We take for granted all the amazing gifts we have - like walking.
It does seem that the doctor's guess of plantar fasciitis is the more likely than the gout diagnosis. From the Mayo Clinic:
Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain.It started last Thursday and then was terrible on Friday when I went to the doctor. I'm not at all sure what might have brought it on. The doctor said if you push yourself too much, it can come on. But I hadn't really even done much walking since the previous Friday. I'd been inactive because my ribs are still sore from falling off my bike two weeks ago when I hit a bit of ice.
Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position.
Screen-shot from Plantar Stretch video
Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners. In addition, people who are overweight, women who are pregnant and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at risk of plantar fasciitis.
Heel That Pain offers this list of factors that can cause injurty to the plantar fascia:
[Turns out this website sells heel seats for people with plantar fasciitis.]
- Biomechanical factors, such as abnormal inward twisting (pronation), high arches, flat feet, or tight tendons at the back of the heel (Achilles tendons)
- Repetitive foot use, walking or running on hard surfaces, or excessive exercise
- Being overweight, or having sudden weight gain
- Shoes that are unsupportive or are poorly cushioned
- Arthritis in the foot, which develops mainly among middle-aged and elderly persons
- In rare cases, a single, traumatic injury to the foot, or plantar fascia, can lead to a number of painful ailments
But I'm wondering if the bruised foot I got from bike fall - I think I slammed my foot into the pedal - had a delayed action. (Yes, it's the same foot.) The doctor didn't think so when he looked at it last week. But I don't know what else would have brought it on. Maybe I'm a "rare case." (I know people who would agree and are thankful.)
Or maybe the slippers I've been wearing around the house were too flimsy, but most of the time I'm barefoot, or rather sock footed.
I was a little hesitant to go the mile each way to the library today, in case it was too much and might cause this to come back. But it feels fine. I guess tomorrow I'll find out.
And really, I'm not whining. Complaining about my personal health, or lack thereof, is not what this blog is about. Any personal health posts have to have some redeeming reasons that benefit some readers.
So my main message here is about appreciating all you can do with your body parts that you generally don't even think about - except when they stop working. Can you see? Can you hear? Can your fingers easily pick up a fork without even thinking? Or fly across the keyboard? Can you run downstairs to get a book you left there without pain shooting through your foot? These are all miracles we should be thankful for.
Walking today was joyful. And there's that little bit of info on plantar fasciitis, which might be of interest to someone.
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