I am on a mission to cure my plantar fasciitis. I am really making the effort with all the things that helped *a little bit* in the past, hoping if I combine them and am diligent, it might help enough that I can walk somewhat normally again. I am still taking lots of supplements, including D3, C, B's, E, fish oil, glucosamine, chondroitin, turmeric, ginger, magnesium, and MSM. I've started putting all the various creams and lotions on my feet a couple times a day, including arnica, magnesium lotion, and MSM cream. I got my old night splints back out and am now wearing them during the daytime whenever I am sitting (which is a lot). Combine all of that with continued gentle stretching and the healthy dietary changes (gluten free, very low sugar, plenty of fresh produce) and I think this lays a foundation for healing. Next week I will see my doctor again and we'll be talking about a referral to an orthopedist and a new physical therapist. I just can't stand this anymore. I just want to be able to walk my daughter to school, go shopping, and do laundry. I am at the point where I will do the surgery if it is recommended. I want my life back.
My eating is going well. I've had no gluten and no junk. I've been eating Greek yogurt, walnuts, chicken, vegetable soups, Clementines, mangoes, smoothies made from spinach and blueberries, fresh pineapple and cottage cheese, eggs, dark chocolate, and baked potatoes. I find more of a calmness with my eating by being grain free. The only thing I really miss is crackers. I'd recently found gluten free Nut Thins and loved them, but they aren't grain free so I am avoiding them for now. I like crackers with my tuna or with a bowl of soup. Does anyone have a grain free substitute? The only one I know of is where you put little piles of cheese on parchment paper and microwave them until crispy.
Today I biked for 5 minutes before my right foot started hurting badly. I'm tracking my biking time in my planner and working up to longer times again. I think I'll try to do another 5 minutes later this evening.
Friday Update and Reality Check
18 hours ago