Jan
2016

hang in there

To keep it short and simple, yes, I’m still dealing with foot pain.

If I had written this post before the Winter Break, it would have been much more negative and anxiety-ridden. My thoughts were consumed with how I would get through the holidays, both physically since there was travel, and mentally, since I knew I’d have to explain my limited mobility to friends who might have read this blog but didn’t realize how slow I have to walk.

Things were going well in October, but then I had another flare up, even though nothing in my routine changed. But I saw my doctor, kept up with the acupuncture, replaced ibuprofen with Chinese herb supplement, turmeric, and b-12, and I’m holding steady.

I’m also “hanging in there” and waiting for an appointment with a rheumatologist. When things get really bad, I feel burning in both ankles, so we need to see if there’s an arthritic issue or something causing joint pain that hasn’t been detected on the x-rays and MRIs. While I’d love some sort of diagnosis and directive for how to proceed, here’s hoping he doesn’t detect anything and it’s just a very long recovery period for my tendinitis. My podiatrist seems to think that can’t be the case since structurally there’s very little wrong with my foot and I have good range of motion, but I truly don’t know what to think anymore. Given that it’s a new year, I’m focusing only on living as pain-free a life as I can. If that means walking slowly and sitting more than standing, so be it.

Speaking of sitting, I’m still teaching Zumba Toning at the gym while seated in a chair and everyone loves it. They say it’s been very easy to follow, and I have another student [who also has gone through Zumba training] up on stage with me showing off the footwork. We’ll be doing a variation of this ab routine tomorrow so stop by!

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