I wanted to give a little update about my week, since I hadn't posted since Monday.
I went to the new ortho physical therapy clinic this week, hopeful that more experienced PT's might give me some new exercises or insights while I am waiting for my appointment with the ortho doctor in late March. Unfortunately, I think the PT I got was not very experienced with foot pain. She was super nice, listened to what I have done and said the exercises I am already doing are what she would recommend. Nothing new. She mentioned night splints which I have done without good results. She said there is probably more going on at this point than simple plantar fasciitis, because of the level of pain and the location of the pain when she palpated my foot. She did ultrasound therapy on both feet and then asked if I'd like them taped, and I said yes. My last PT used to occasionally tape my feet and it helped a little bit. This new PT said as she was taping, "I've never done this before" and taped my feet in an "S" shape... hard to describe, but started the tape behind the heel, wrapped it under the arch to the top of the foot, just one layer. Honestly it bothered me so much that I removed it the next morning. Anyway, the good thing is that she recommended pool therapy which is JUST what I have been trying to get all this time! There is a different therapist in the same practice who gives exercises to strengthen the lower body with weight off the foot. I signed up for that and start next week. I am really happy about this because this pool, unlike the gym, has no stairs and is designed for people with physical limitations, with very short walking distances and ease of entry and exit. I am SO GLAD that my insurance policy that I had last year was cancelled over the whole Affordable Care Act thing so I was forced to choose a new policy that has different in-network doctors and PTs. The new insurance has opened up a lot of possibilities for me, this pool therapy being one of them.
This week I ate well most days. I have been aiming to stay under 1500 calories and 130 grams of carbs per day, eating lean protein, vegetables, and 1-2 servings of fruit a day and supplementing with Medifast meals. I biked on my recumbent bike for a total of 15 minutes this week and will try to increase that each week. This morning the scale said 231 pounds, one pound less than last week.
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