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To: Becky R.

Posted by Lee M. on 11/08/99 at 00:00 (012429)

Becky, I am a hairstylist. I used to work 4 days a week and never had any foot problems. About 2 years ago I got pf out of nowhere. No injury.
I really believe if the first doc had diagnosed me correctly I would have healed so much sooner. He never mentioned pf, just told me to stay off my feet. I went to a sports foot & ankle specialist and he told me the same thing. I told them both that I might do that in their perfect world but in my world I had to work. So it took another 8 months and a few more docs to even find out what was wrong with my feet. I never had any time off of work because I do not get paid if I don't work and my clients don't like it either. There were days I thought I would lay down and cry in the salon. Taping did give some quick results but only when taped correctly. Bad taping created worse pain.
After taping, custom orthodics. No pain after 2nd pair of orthodics were made but then 8 months later heel spur. You can pick up the rest of my story on 11/7 posts from me. Anyway I can really empathize with your situation. Standing all day is torture if your feet hurt. But I kept reading on this board that a lot of people that took time off from work did not get that much relief so I just kept looking for a cure. Why should I be poor and in pain too. I cut down to 3 days a week and that helped some. I just didn't want to stay at home and rest all the time. I like my career and I wanted my life back. My advise to you is don't settle for permanent rest as a cure. Rest doesn't give your body much circulation or oxygen. Good luck.

Re: To: Becky R. and back to Lee

Becky R. on 11/08/99 at 00:00 (012450)

Lee,
Thanks for your insight. I too am not able to just stay home and rest (not many people can). I have been off for 2 weeks trying to rest my feet and get some healing. I have to say that I am better and my feet seem to be improving but as soon as I start being on my feet again, I'm sure the pain will return as it was before. I am looking for a nursing position that won't require as much standing or walking. Again, thanks and good luck to you.

Becky in Cincinnati


Re: To: Becky R. and back to Lee

Becky R. on 11/08/99 at 00:00 (012450)

Lee,
Thanks for your insight. I too am not able to just stay home and rest (not many people can). I have been off for 2 weeks trying to rest my feet and get some healing. I have to say that I am better and my feet seem to be improving but as soon as I start being on my feet again, I'm sure the pain will return as it was before. I am looking for a nursing position that won't require as much standing or walking. Again, thanks and good luck to you.

Becky in Cincinnati