Well I managed to get in to the specialist *today* rather than next week! He did x-rays of my feet and said the only issue aside from plantar fasciitis is bone spurs on my heels, which are a result of the plantar fasciitis. On the x-rays, the heels spurs look like thorns on the bottom of my heel bones, pointing towards my toes. Ouch! That and the inflammation on the plantar fascia cause the pain I've been experiencing for months.
So, he wants me to continue the stretches and icing I've been doing, put my Superfeet insoles into my Brooks shoes, and take steroids for a week to help the healing begin. He did offer me steroid SHOTS in my heels instead, but just the thought of that sent shivers up my spine so I declined for now. I start the steroids tomorrow; they're supposed to make me irritable and make me feel an adrenaline rush that makes me want to get things done. Ought to be interesting. I gained weight last time I was on steroids...
He also gave me a referral for physical therapy including an assessment and possible ASTYM treatment. That will have to wait until I get back from my trip; they need to process the referral.
I am very relieved and have new hope for relief of this pain. It's been draining and frustrating and I am ready to be rid of it.
I'm packing tonight for our trip and looking forward to a little down time over the weekend. I'll be eating the same way I ate on my last trip: little cooler full of yogurt, veggies, cheese sticks, shakes, and protein bars. My other meals at the hotelbreakfast buffet and restaurants will stay low carb too. I pretty much expect to maintain on my trip and just hope the steroids don't mess with me too much.
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