Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Foot, Heel, and Knee Pain: Resolving, Finally!

While I was out of town this weekend, I took the opportunity to Google "shoe fittings" and found a place that has great reviews. The staff has been trained by a podiatrist, who also consults there, and they have a computer foot scanner to help pinpoint problems and suggest orthotics and footwear. That sounded good to me, so we went. It was awesome! They had me stand on a scanner thing which then displayed my feet and their pressure areas on a large screen. My feet were measured for length and width by this scanner and it also showed which foot I tended to favor. With that information, they brought me several pairs of shoes to try on that have support in the areas I need it. What a HUGE difference! The shoes I chose are very stabilizing and supportive and feel much better than any of my old shoes, even with orthotics in them. I ended up with a pair of Brooks Ariel shoes (although the Addiction shoes were a close second) and some OOFOS waterproof sandals for dock diving and water play. I wear the shoes all the time outside, and the sandals indoors, and already my foot pain is nearly completely gone, at least when wearing them. I haven't gone barefoot much at all since I got home so time will tell if the pain is gone for good. But this sure beats the agony of plantar fasciitis with every step, which is what I was enduring before... for weeks.

The guy at the shoe store told me that my foot pain and altered gait probably contributed to my knee pain and irritation that resulted in bursitis. Makes sense to me. I stopped taking pain meds before the trip but kept taking antiinflammatories until last night. I am off everything now but still using the knee compression sleeve during all my waking hours. My knee is about 90% better now. I have no pain but some weakness and can do everything except go DOWN stairs correctly. That knee still cannot do the stepping down part. I will have to work up to that.

We had a great time on our trip and I actually did quite a bit of walking, which didn't bother my knee (I went slowly) but did make my feet ache. It was worth it though! Lots of time in parks feeding geese, walking the dog, watching the kids on the playground, and exploring. I hope we can do another little trip again in July to a different spot. We usually go to the beach for a long vacation every summer, but might do several shorter trips instead this year since my older kids are working and can't take as much time off now.

Weigh in tomorrow morning, although I feel like I am retaining water from hours in the car and PMS. I haven't weighed in awhile and need to know where I am. Looking forward to the Farmer's Market tomorrow!

7 comments:

Kelliann said...

I did something very similar when I went and got fitted for shoes and ended up in Brooks Adrenalin and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them. They are all I wear now! My plantar fasciitis is almost completely gone (unless I am exceptionally hard on it). Hooray for good shoes!

Shelley said...

I'm so pleased you got fitted for shoes that are helping! Brooks were my first running shoes and I could not believe how good my feet felt in them. Neat flip flops, too - I wear Montrail flip flops around the house. Barefoot just hurts too much.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you found a winner of a shoe store - super! Summer can now get back on track.

Princess Dieter said...

Brooks makes great shoes for folks like me (us). I have used their Addiction walker for years, that and Asics. When my knee or feet act up, I dig out my Brooks. I've recommended them to lots of heavy folks who pronate or have fasciitis or knee instability issues.

Lori said...

Yahoo, on the recovery! I am so happy for you. I think you'll get good news on the scale.
Lori

keto-katharsis said...

Releif is wonderful thing, congrats Lynn!

MargieAnne said...

Good news.

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