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!
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