No, not food and feet *together*... just updates on each :)
First, the feet. Remember, I had about 6 physical therapy treatments at the other PT place and over that time my foot pain got worse rather than better. So I switched to a new clinic where they do ASTYM. This place is very thorough. They look at the entire lower body and figure out the root cause of the problem. they don't just treat the heel, where the pain is from plantar fasciitis; they treat everything from the knees down.
Let me tell you that ASTYM is painful. I have read a lot of accounts and it is not painful for everybody, but is excruciating for some. The therapist uses 3 different hard plastic tools to do deep tissue massage, breaking up any scar tissue and stimulating the body to rebuild healthy tissue. Scientific studies back this method. But oh my gosh, it HURTS. The first time, I felt like they were peeling my skin off. I cringed and held my breath and stiffened until it was done. It doesn't take long and then we move on to ultrasound, e-stim, and ice. I also had my worst foot taped by the therapist yesterday. I am generally not a fan of people posting pictures of their feet on their blogs, but thought someone might be interested in the actual taping job:
Yes, my ankles are fat. But also note something the therapist pointed out to me. I have a permanent indent where my leg meets my foot. It looks like a curve above the heel but it never goes away and in real life looks like I was wearing something way too tight on my ankle. In fact, the therapist said that the socks I have been wearing, which go exactly to that height on my ankle, are causing damage to the underlying tissue. The elastic in the same place day after day for months puts gentle pressure there and has caused the tissue to form incorrectly underneath. So they suggested I get some different length socks and alternate. I bought some knee high, some half calf, and some no show socks and will rotate them. This might not seem important, but the foot pain is very much connected to what's going on with the soleus and the other tissue in my lower legs. Anyway, today I went out shopping and running errands and had FAR less pain in both feet than I have in months! I've only had two ASTYM sessions but there is absolutely improvement already. I am *very* hopeful now and excited to get my active life back!
Food update: dinner today was 5 oz of medium rare steak and a huge salad: iceberg lettuce, baby tomatoes, a bit of red onion, and blue cheese dressing. So good! Tomorrow I am making spaghetti squash lasagna and will share the recipe if it turns out good.
Looking forward to my weigh in tomorrow!
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