I've had such an amazing outpouring of emails from all of you concerning my foot, THANK YOU for all of your support and advice on how I should handle this crazy Plantar Fasciitis problem I'm having. I appreciate it more than you even know. And even though I said I didn't "need" supportive, sweet, motivational comments and emails... the ones that I got really helped to put a smile on my face :) There have been so many great suggestions being made as far as how to get my foot better, and also a lot of you emailing and asking on FB how things are going, so I can get back on track with my weight loss goals. This will probably bore a TON of you, so please stop reading now if you don't care. ha! But I just thought I'd share what I'm doing to help lessen the pain with everything, because it might help others (?).
I purchased these at my first Dr.'s appt. and they have worked REALLY well for the plantar fasciitis pain, but not so well for the tendon pain on the right side of my foot. grrr. It's like I have to chose my pain for the day; do I want to wear an arch supporting flip-flop and have less pain in my tendons?, or sneakers with my orthopedics, and have less pain on my plantar fascia? I'm hoping that once I figure out whats going on with those silly tendons, that I can wear my inserts 24/7, to help correct the PF problem.
Frozen Water Bottle
I don't know the 'technical' reason for rolling the bottom of your foot over a frozen water bottle for 20 minutes or so each day, because it KILLS while you're doing it, but really helps afterwards, and especially in the morning. It makes my foot feel a lot less stiff.
Booting my foot
I bought this sexy (ha!) boot online after a bunch of you suggested it. It ran me about $40 bucks or so, and I just started wearing it. During the day it's nice to have the little ice pack in the bottom, it helps with the swelling and tenderness of everything, and also stays in place as I move around, but a lot of you suggested to wear it at night as well. I have to be honest and say that I can fall asleep fine with it, but every night I've woken up and torn the dumb thing off my leg, because it was driving me crazy! I've only slept with it for the past 2 nights, so maybe I just have to get used to it (???)
PS. Fair warning, this thing is also a total "mood killer" if you get my drift. There's nothin' like wanting to get frisky and then catchin' a boot to the groin. Just sayin'. Plantar fasciitis is definitely not sexy.
Yup, you read that right. Since the tendons on the right side of my foot are in major pain, I've been looking for a way to ice both the bottom of my foot, where the plantar fasciitis pain is, and also the top/side of my foot where the tendon damage is; and the only thing that seems to work the best, is a big ol' ziplock bag full of frozen corn kernels.
My sweet, physical therapist neighbor popped over the other day, before she left on vacation and wrapped my foot for me. It felt nice to have everything bound a bit tighter than usual, and really helped with more of the right side of my foot than anything. It actually felt so great, that I decided to do a TON of walking that day (errands and such) that once I got home I realized I had overdone it, and now had a blister from where a cross section of the tape had rubbed my foot wrong. She told me to take it easy, and I should have listed... sheesh.
Ugh. Insult to injury much?
I've been trying everyday to rub a few different oils on my foot as well. Usually I get so busy during the day that I only tend to remember at night, but they have been helping a lot with the pain.
Jodi advised me to rub on Lemon and Deep Blue. I especially love the Deep Blue oil AND rub, because they help alleviate any shooting pains or sore muscles. I've also been drinking a lot of water, with a few drops of lemon in it as well, and been rubbing a bit of lavender on my blister, to help that go away too. It's working wonders!!!
So pretty much... everything is the same. LOL. Not very exciting, but true. I have another Dr. appointment on Tuesday and I think I'm going to request an MRI be done on my foot, to rule out anything really serious with my tendon issue, just to make sure.
I've been working on trying to get even a little exercise in by going to the pool and swimming laps, while the kids play. I attempted a workout video at home the other day and then pretty much couldn't walk that night. ugh. So, I'm learning my limits, as frustrating as they are.
One thing that I HAVE been doing that's working well is counting my calories, which I wasn't doing before. Since I had been working out so much, eating really well and losing weight, I never really worried about counting calories. But now, with not being so active, I've been tracking them MUCH closer, so that at least I know what my body is taking IN. I've been using My Fitness Pal online AND on my iPhone, and it's awesome! I've used it for a few years, and have always loved how easy it is to navigate. If you haven't tried it, you should!
Also, I've gotten gobs of emails from everyone wondering if I will post about what I've been eating while on this weight loss journey. Yes! I'm working on it, and will try to have it done this month at some point :)
I AM happy to report that I was down 2lbs since my last weight-in, about 3 weeks ago. A huge accomplishment?... not really, but at least I'm not going in the opposite direction!
OKAY... enough of this foot talk, I also wanted to share a couple of new songs that I've found in the past little while that I absolutely L.O.V.E! I know a lot of you liked the last set of songs that I put together and get just as motivated with great music to workout to as I do, so I thought you might want to add these too.
If you're downloading them from iTunes, there are clean versions, like the ones below that you can purchase, you just have to look for them.
Again, thanks for stickin' with me through all of this. I promise that I'll be back next week with a bunch of HOME related stuff and no more foot talk for a while
Have a great weekend!