Saturday, December 1, 2012

Update: Food and Feet

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:

foot taping for plantar fasciitis with ASTYM

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!

17 comments:

violinista said...

iceberg lettuce has absolutely no nutrition in it.

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear of the improvement. The astym was really painful for me as well especially on the side of my leg just below the knee and when they hit that very tender spot in my heel, bur it was worth it. I never had long term relief with the taping but did find the elastic ankle brace good for support throughout the day. :)
Leslie

Lyn said...

violinista~

don't worry! I am getting plenty of nutrition in the other things I eat :)

Actually, iceberg lettuce does contain beneficial nutrients... not as much as my usual Romaine, but it is nice for a change of pace.

Okiebelle said...

So glad you are finally getting some relief from the foot pain. Hope things only improve from here!

Steelers6 said...

I'm very excited to hear you notice a difference in your feet already! Wow-that's encouraging. It would be weird to discover that the type of sock you wear may have played a part? At least that would be a fairly easy fix. Not sure that is what you were saying though.

Your eats sound good! That lasagna sounds interesting. So glad you are back to fixing food.

Kids all healthy too now?

Lyn said...

Chrissy~

yeah, I never thought about the socks. That's not the main cause or anything, but they are looking at everything we can do to improve the condition of my lower legs/feet. I do think the ASTYM is working!

Everyone's healthy, thank goodness, no more sick kids at the moment!

Alana in Canada said...

Thanks for mentioning the socks. I have been guilty of wearing the same socks for a long, long, time too. Sometimes at night I'll get some cream and massage the area where the sock elastic has been to try and ease out the dent. (When I have been able to reach it, of course.)

h2oratt said...

Did the craving/obsessing go away?

Lyn said...

h2oratt~

no, the cravings have not gone away. I am having to fight myself not to cave. This morning I want pancakes but am sticking to my plan and ignoring the cravings.

katie said...


Take a daily multivit and stop obessesing over lettuce!! Life is very short.

Kate

Lyn said...

Katie~

who are you talking to? Who is obsessing?

timothy said...

isnt it funny that somethin as simple as socks could be an issue. wow, sounds like you've found the right therapist cant wait to see how much improvement you get! xoxoxoxo

Sara Thornton said...

So glad to hear you are finding some relief! :)

Anonymous said...

For arguments sake, let's assume that iceberg lettuce does have nutritional value. Any value that it did have would be negated by that blue cheese dressing poured on it. Even romaine with blue cheese is not a good idea. Your body does not need blue cheese. With all the health problems you have and how badly you say you want to change, you really need to be focused on eating ONLY what your body needs. Lean proteins and veggies should be the norm, especially at this stage! What's more important: Blue cheese and trying to trick your body into thinking that non-low carb meals are actually low carb (doesn't work, btw), or being healthy & pain-free? Cheese, sugars, creamer in coffee, etc.: all of that is NOT needed and is holding you back!
Please, help yourself while you can.

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

certain dressings are allowed on Medifast as condiments and/or necessary fat servings. I am not sure what you mean about tricking a body, though. My goal on Medifast is to stay between 80 and 100 grams of carbs per day... closer to 85... and I am accomplishing that. Some folks do like lower carb plans such as Atkins, but I feel better with a more moderate, yet controlled, level of carbs in my diet. However I am not eating sugars and have not used creamer in my coffee in at least a year, maybe two. Those things are no longer part of my plan.

Anonymous said...

what is the diagnosis for your foot? just curious...
i'm thinking about trying medifast but i've read some reviews of people saying they got gout from it? just making sure that's not what you have...

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

my dx is chronic plantar fasciitis/fasciosis and severe degenerative arthritis. I have never heard of someone on Medifast developing gout, though.