Lemme tell you a story about how something so trivial as slippers can lead to some serious foot pain!
Last November, as the holiday season was starting up, I was a busy little baker to say the least. I’d work all day then come home and bake for hours on end. Having to wear dress shoes at my real job I so looked forward to coming home and putting on my favorite pair of slippers. So soft and comforting, my lil’ piggies were in heaven. After a few weeks of doing this on a daily basis and weekends of 10-12 hours days in them I started complaining that my feet were hurting. You know, sore and stiff. Or just ‘achey’ when I got up in the mornings.
So I figured maybe it was time for a new pair of slippers so I venture out and buy a new pair. The first day or two following my feet feel better but then the pain in the morning started to get worse. This now being towards the end of December and no doctor being in the office for the holidays I figured I would just wear my croc-like shoes while in the kitchen. That seemed to help but every night and every morning the pain was unbearable. So I decided to google “Heel Pain”. Once I got more specific with the area and symptoms I was experiencing I came upon Plantar Fascitis. The pain is towards the side of your foot and around the heel. It feels like there are sharp jaggedy things in your foot and that it’s on fire. It’s most painful in the morning or when you have been sitting for a while (think desk job) or standing for extended period of times. Trust me.. when you have to hop or hop/tippy toe in the morning on your way to the bathroom, you may have this as well.
What’s even more ironic is after talking with a few of my friends, 2 other people said they were experiencing the same thing!
Well yesterday I FINALLY got in to see a podiatrist and she confirmed my finding, Plantar Fascitis. There are surgical options for it but that’s in extreme cases. It’ll never really go away but it is controllable with proper foot wear (*sigh… no more piggy slippers*), ice to the area, stretching exercises for the foot and for me, she gave me this boot to wear for 2 months when I sleep or watch tv plus these heel inserts for my shoes. Oh yeah… and one more thing. Gee, how could I forget to mention it???
Oh wait, I know… BECAUSE I WAS HARPOONED WITH A GINORMOUS NEEDLE IN MY FOOT!!! I was traumatized!
- Yes it hurt like a SOB! I mean SEVERELY painful shot!
- Yes I cursed – several words that would have made a truck driver blush.
So how does it feel today? Not sure yet to be honest. The site of the injection is super tender so the foot hurts. Plus I’m bruised some from I swear she was “Rotor Rooting” out my entire foot with the needle. I still have pain but again I’m not sure if it’s the heel pain still or pain from the shot. The Dr. said it may take 2-3 injections (oh how flippin’ lovely huh?) before I notice a real difference. Honestly, I’m not sure if I could handle another shot. Granted what seemed like lasting 4 hours realistically was only 20 seconds, it was that traumatic!
So the moral here kiddos — sure those piggy slippers and fluzzy slippers are oh so adorable but if you’re going to be on your feet for an extended period of time, swap ’em out for crocs or even running shoes. That simple lapse in judgement I made caused me major pain that I will now have to manage for the rest of my life.