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It's kind of sad...

Posted by Susan Linden on 3/20/99 at 00:00 (005686)

...that there are so many of us suffering day to day like we are, and there aren't any real positive cures. Things that help, but where is the cures for this? If I walk I'm am fine as long as I don't stop. When I stop the pain is unreal. It is like someone beat my feet with a 2X4. And standing for any length of time is out of the question. If I have no choice I know how much I am going to suffer later. I know there are folks with way worse problems, but after four years this is getting really old.

Re: It's kind of sad...

Alicia on 3/21/99 at 00:00 (005689)

Susan: It's very easy to get down about this problem. But I do believe thinking positively helps a lot. If you can exercise at all (stationary bike, rowing machine, swimming) DO IT. Put a big pillow down in the middle of the floor, put on some really great music and use light weights for your upper body. Do leg lifts, anything to get your body moving. It will help your mind feel better. Read about your favorite subjects, ice your feet, massage and try the suggestions that Gordon has so eloquently written out for us. I am doing this and FEELING BETTER. I am having some relief from the PF. Hang in there and keep reading and communicating on this message board.

Re: It's kind of sad...in the same boat

Donna on 3/21/99 at 00:00 (005691)

I know just how you feel. I have had this for over 3 years. My doctor
made orthotics for me and they were fine but only fit in tennis shoes.
After about 6 months I started wearing Birkenstocks and they were a
lifesaver. But you can't wear Birkenstocks for every occasion. So when I needed (rarely) a dressier shoe I used lower but not flat heeled shoes and used some type of heel cushion. I have everything, i also occasionally use the magnetic shoe inserts in a dressier shoe. of course, i can only wear this type of shoe if I will be sitting most of the time. this has all worked pretty well until last week and now my heel is hurting again. i am wearing my tennis shoes with the orthos. and alternating some with the Birks. haven't been back to the specialists yet as other than surgery I don't think he can do much for me.

Re: It's kind of sad...in the same boat

Susan Linden on 3/21/99 at 00:00 (005696)

Find someone that can make orthotics for you that will fit dressier shoes. I did. I took the shoes I wanted them to fit in with me. Also, get othotics relined at least twice a year. You won't believe how it helps. I just had mine relined and Mike put some special cushioning under the lining for where I stepped on a rock last year with my right heel. It really feels a lot better. If your feet tend to sweat, take extra socks and change them at lunch time. It is nice because they are cooler, drier and the cushioning is fluffed up. I take a Ziplock bag to put the worn socks in.

Re: It's kind of sad...

Susan Linden on 3/21/99 at 00:00 (005697)

Thanks for the encouragement. Most of the time I can do okay, just some times it really gets to me. I never wore cheap shoes. I always took care of my feet. What started it all was that I stepped backward with my left heel onto a rounded river rock and bruised the tendons in my heel. I guess I put too much strain on my right foot trying to keep the weight off of the left heel. I was walking on carpet into my office and felt a 'pop' in the arch of my right foot four years ago today. The left foot is pretty much okay now. The arch of the right foot hurt almost constantly. Then to beat it all, a year ago the first part of March I was walking back from the bathhouse in a Fla. RV park and stepped on a sharp rock with my right heel. I had on a pair of surf shoes with Spenco full length arch supports in them. It hurt like h**l!!! I am still trying to get that to feel okay. In both cases the fat pad I had on my heel is no longer there. I'm almost ready to try witchcraft to feel better.

Re: It's kind of sad...

debbie on 3/22/99 at 00:00 (005700)

I was cured with acupuncture. If you haven't tried it you haven't tried everything out there. YOu won't know if you don't try. It may work for you. Look into it. Good luck. Debbbie

Re: It's kind of sad...

Marlis on 3/23/99 at 00:00 (005731)

I've been there too for 4 years now. And being deprived of your lifestyle is sad. But Debbie, i've gotta tell you. I am also infertile. And that is a whole lot sadder. I wish i could walk again like i used to and run and jump or just experience one hour without pain. At times, in the mornings i can do nothing but crawl. But if i had the choice of being a mother with PF or a woman without PF and no baby guess what i'd chose....

And here's what i learned form my life down the Infertility path... keep up the optimism. Don't let a physical problem get you down. It isn't always easy. Chronic pain can do things to your mind but keep going! It has to get better!

Here to you from a woman who's infertile, has PF and to boot can't even cry about it because i'm allergic to my own tears! LOL

Cheers! Chinny chin chin up!

Marlis


Re: It's kind of sad...

MArlis on 3/23/99 at 00:00 (005732)

Woops i meant Susan! Sorry Debbie! didn't mean you!

Re: It's kind of sad...

Susan Linden on 3/23/99 at 00:00 (005742)

No kids is rough. Been there, done that. I married a man that had two kids, a girl and a boy. I love them dearly. My hushand had a vacectomy done after his son was born. When I hit 30 I was dying to have a baby of my own. But his was the non-reverseable kind. And I also think he really didn't want any more kids. At times it is still hard on me, but I have the two, Kathi is 29 with two kids and Richard is 26 with a baby due in June. I give the love I have for kids to them. Maybe you can adopt. There are thousands of kids that need a good, loving home. Friends of mine just adoped a baby girl last summer. They are not rich, they live in a nice trailer. But a single college girl picked them to raise her daughter. Don't give up hope.

Re: It's kind of sad...

Alicia on 3/21/99 at 00:00 (005689)

Susan: It's very easy to get down about this problem. But I do believe thinking positively helps a lot. If you can exercise at all (stationary bike, rowing machine, swimming) DO IT. Put a big pillow down in the middle of the floor, put on some really great music and use light weights for your upper body. Do leg lifts, anything to get your body moving. It will help your mind feel better. Read about your favorite subjects, ice your feet, massage and try the suggestions that Gordon has so eloquently written out for us. I am doing this and FEELING BETTER. I am having some relief from the PF. Hang in there and keep reading and communicating on this message board.

Re: It's kind of sad...in the same boat

Donna on 3/21/99 at 00:00 (005691)

I know just how you feel. I have had this for over 3 years. My doctor
made orthotics for me and they were fine but only fit in tennis shoes.
After about 6 months I started wearing Birkenstocks and they were a
lifesaver. But you can't wear Birkenstocks for every occasion. So when I needed (rarely) a dressier shoe I used lower but not flat heeled shoes and used some type of heel cushion. I have everything, i also occasionally use the magnetic shoe inserts in a dressier shoe. of course, i can only wear this type of shoe if I will be sitting most of the time. this has all worked pretty well until last week and now my heel is hurting again. i am wearing my tennis shoes with the orthos. and alternating some with the Birks. haven't been back to the specialists yet as other than surgery I don't think he can do much for me.

Re: It's kind of sad...in the same boat

Susan Linden on 3/21/99 at 00:00 (005696)

Find someone that can make orthotics for you that will fit dressier shoes. I did. I took the shoes I wanted them to fit in with me. Also, get othotics relined at least twice a year. You won't believe how it helps. I just had mine relined and Mike put some special cushioning under the lining for where I stepped on a rock last year with my right heel. It really feels a lot better. If your feet tend to sweat, take extra socks and change them at lunch time. It is nice because they are cooler, drier and the cushioning is fluffed up. I take a Ziplock bag to put the worn socks in.

Re: It's kind of sad...

Susan Linden on 3/21/99 at 00:00 (005697)

Thanks for the encouragement. Most of the time I can do okay, just some times it really gets to me. I never wore cheap shoes. I always took care of my feet. What started it all was that I stepped backward with my left heel onto a rounded river rock and bruised the tendons in my heel. I guess I put too much strain on my right foot trying to keep the weight off of the left heel. I was walking on carpet into my office and felt a 'pop' in the arch of my right foot four years ago today. The left foot is pretty much okay now. The arch of the right foot hurt almost constantly. Then to beat it all, a year ago the first part of March I was walking back from the bathhouse in a Fla. RV park and stepped on a sharp rock with my right heel. I had on a pair of surf shoes with Spenco full length arch supports in them. It hurt like h**l!!! I am still trying to get that to feel okay. In both cases the fat pad I had on my heel is no longer there. I'm almost ready to try witchcraft to feel better.

Re: It's kind of sad...

debbie on 3/22/99 at 00:00 (005700)

I was cured with acupuncture. If you haven't tried it you haven't tried everything out there. YOu won't know if you don't try. It may work for you. Look into it. Good luck. Debbbie

Re: It's kind of sad...

Marlis on 3/23/99 at 00:00 (005731)

I've been there too for 4 years now. And being deprived of your lifestyle is sad. But Debbie, i've gotta tell you. I am also infertile. And that is a whole lot sadder. I wish i could walk again like i used to and run and jump or just experience one hour without pain. At times, in the mornings i can do nothing but crawl. But if i had the choice of being a mother with PF or a woman without PF and no baby guess what i'd chose....

And here's what i learned form my life down the Infertility path... keep up the optimism. Don't let a physical problem get you down. It isn't always easy. Chronic pain can do things to your mind but keep going! It has to get better!

Here to you from a woman who's infertile, has PF and to boot can't even cry about it because i'm allergic to my own tears! LOL

Cheers! Chinny chin chin up!

Marlis


Re: It's kind of sad...

MArlis on 3/23/99 at 00:00 (005732)

Woops i meant Susan! Sorry Debbie! didn't mean you!

Re: It's kind of sad...

Susan Linden on 3/23/99 at 00:00 (005742)

No kids is rough. Been there, done that. I married a man that had two kids, a girl and a boy. I love them dearly. My hushand had a vacectomy done after his son was born. When I hit 30 I was dying to have a baby of my own. But his was the non-reverseable kind. And I also think he really didn't want any more kids. At times it is still hard on me, but I have the two, Kathi is 29 with two kids and Richard is 26 with a baby due in June. I give the love I have for kids to them. Maybe you can adopt. There are thousands of kids that need a good, loving home. Friends of mine just adoped a baby girl last summer. They are not rich, they live in a nice trailer. But a single college girl picked them to raise her daughter. Don't give up hope.