Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Oh, My Feet!

Swan Feet
Swan Feet by LearningTheLight.com

I have a huge praise to share with you!

For years I've had trouble with my feet - and I literally mean most of my life. I've had trouble with bunions, a Morton's neuroma, plantar fasciitis, and heel spurs. I've had surgery on my left foot twice, both before I was 21 years old. Recently the pain in my arches has gotten much worse, and a little round nodule has appeared in my left arch, which felt like I was walking on rocks. My right arch has a thickening in it, which is how the left one started out. The little nodule itself doesn't hurt very much unless I happen to hit it somehow, but overall, my feet ache most of the time and I hobble around on them when I get up in the morning and after sitting any length of time.

So when the little round nodule popped up, I finally went to my family doctor. He said it would need to be removed surgically (oh great!). Because the socialized health care system takes so long to get an appointment - I would have waited up to 2 years just for the appointment - my doctor recommended a podiatrist friend of his in a town about an hour away who is in private practice. I got an appointment with him within a month.

My appointment was today. I have a plantar fibroma, which is a benign condition - no worries there. The treatment for it is custom orthotic inserts. Surgery, it turns out, only makes it worse! The fibroma is actually scar tissue built up from tears in the plantar fascia, the ligament that runs along the arch of the foot. When I get my inserts, they will hold my arches in the correct position, which will relieve the tearing of the fascia as I walk, which in turn will allow my body to do away with the scar tissue that has built up. I also have thick callouses right under the base of my toes, and the doctor said those will be relieved when my arches are aligned correctly. The reason surgery makes the fibroma worse is because the scar tissue will build up again, this time much larger. And the only surgery that prevents that tissue build-up is one to remove almost the entire ligament - so then you don't even have that support in there anymore! So surgery is not the answer! Praise the Lord!

The doctor made molds of my arches today, and my inserts will be ready February 18th. I know this sounds crazy, but I'm so excited to get these inserts! I can interchange them between my shoes, so I won't have to wear ugly shoes (although I do wear sensible shoes), and they will last for 5-10 years. And I will finally have relief from the pain and callouses! The inserts are a bit pricey (they're not Dr. Scholl's, after all!), but since they last so long and give such relief, they will be worth it for me.

I'm one happy lady today! I just keep thanking the Lord that I don't have to have surgery and that relief is within reach!

11 comments:

  1. That's great that you don't need surgery! I hope the supports will really benefit your feet!

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    1. I'm super thrilled that I don't need surgery! LOL Thanks, Tammy!

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  2. Susan, I'm not sure I've ever heard you mention your foot problem before! I'm so glad that you've gotten an opinion that might help. Praise the Lord that this intervention came before surgery!

    I've had foot problems, too...two surgeries for plantar fasciitis many years ago. So far, so good on the heels. But my feet hurt a lot when I stand, and the left side of my foot aches and aches any time. I'm trying to determine if it's a podiatrist problem or an orthopedic problem since it could be bones on the side of my foot. Anyway, I can certainly feel your pain.

    I hope the inserts work wonders!! I can't come up with a solution for my problem to avoid a doctor visit!

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    1. Deb, I rarely mention my foot problems to anyone (other than Wes! Ha!) because I have learned to live with the pain and I thought there was nothing that could be done. The nodule in my arch bothered me, though, and the just general pain in my feet is getting worse. Those things sent me to the doctor, and now I'm glad they did.

      I'm sorry you have foot problems too. When your feet hurt, it's just hard to keep going. Could you start with a visit to your family doctor and see if he has a suggestion for which type of specialist to go to? I hope you can get some help soon!

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  3. I have had custom orthotics for almost 15 years (I am on my second pair) and they are worth their weight in gold. I hope you enjoy them!

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    1. I've heard from several people today who've had custom inserts for a long time, and they all say they are worth it. I'm glad you've had a good experience too, and I hope mine will be good!

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  4. That's great...not that you have been having trouble, but that the Lord took such good care of you!

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    1. I think so too, Kristy! I'm so excited to get some relief!

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  5. How wonderful that you need not have surgery!!! Be sure and let us know how everything works out when you get the inserts. God is so good!

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  6. Susan
    I have had plantar fasciitis before. I bought birkenstock shoes which have a steel arch that never dies. The shoe dies around it. Within 2 weeks it was so much better. I got the ones that have a soft sole. They did not have that years ago, but have it now for older people. So if anyone else has this and can not afford the doctors visits this really works.

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  7. Thanks so much about sharing about your feet. My husband has been experiencing pain in his feet for the last 4 years and we had no idea what is causing it. The doctor thought it was something else and gave medication that is really not taking care of it.
    The Morton's neuroma sounded exactly like what he is experiencing. He will ask the doctor next time. It keeps him from sleeping a lot of nights. It was an answer to prayer as we just did not know what it was. Thanks again
    Nina

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