". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Sunday, February 3, 2013


I have previously written about my foot issues. I have managed them fairly well the last few years through the wearing of better shoes or shoes with orthotics. But last week within several days of returning from Washington, D.C., I was having the most trouble I've had in a long time. I can't point to any one moment the trouble started. I didn't notice it while we were walking around the city (other than what I would consider normal fatigue) or even for a couple of days after. But by Tuesday of last week I was having enough pain in my left foot* that it hurt to stuff my foot into a shoe and it hurt to walk and bear weight. I wasn't able to get to the doctor until Thursday. The x-ray looked good, so no fracture (I would have been really surprised if there had been one). I will have an ultrasound in a few days, but my podiatrist's working diagnosis is injury to my posterior tibial tendon.

If you look at the tendon in the drawing, the place where it curves around the inner ankle area before disappearing under the foot is the place where I am having pain. It may just be that all the walking on my aging, out of shape feet (walking that I did in my Birkenstocks rather than my orthotics) caused some tendonitis**. Worst case scenario is that my tendon is torn. At any rate, here is my new friend for the foreseeable future.

It does not surprise me that my left foot is the one that is protesting. It is the same foot that has the Morton's neuroma. The left side of my body is the side that provides me with all kinds of fodder for complaining. When I have shoulder, back, hand, or knee pain, it is on the left side. My D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy) has told me that my left leg is shorter than my right leg. Kind of surprising that I lean to the right, huh? ;-) The hidden blessing is that since it's my left foot I can still drive and use the damper pedal! (The soft pedal is another story--sorry that final chord on the choral offering was louder than it should have been this morning, honey.)

The boot has helped a lot, making it possible to walk without pain. It has also complicated my life, making it harder to get around, harder to get dressed, and harder to keep my foot dry in snowy, rainy weather. But I'm walking, and that's a good thing!

*It probably did not help that on Monday I dropped an exercise weight on it.

**This is how I want to spell this word. I don't understand the logic of spelling it "tendinitis."


Hannah said...

We PTs are arguing about whether to use the term "tendinitis" anymore anyway, so no worries. :) I hope your healing goes speedily!

Once you get to the rehab phase, a couple things I'd recommend thinking about are arch supports, towel scrunches/picking up objects with your toes, and calf stretches with the arch supported and toes turned slightly in. Are you going to PT for rehabbing the foot?

Cheryl said...

Hannah, the podiatrist did mention PT as a likely step in the healing process. Just what I needed to fill that empty slot in my schedule . . . .

Anonymous said...

I have left foot trouble too but on the top (where it says 'Navicular'). I tripped over the computer cord 2 years ago and my foot never quite got over it. Praying for you! Carole

Gauntlets said...

I'm so sorry you're hurting. :(

Cheryl said...

Thank you, Gauntlets. Really, it's nothing. Good blog fodder, though. :-)

Barb the Evil Genius said...

I'm sorry that you're having more trouble with your foot, and I can also definitely relate, as I currently have a boot that looks almost exactly like yours! In my case, I do have a fracture, of my fifth metatarsal in my left foot. Speaking of pedals, I can't drive right now, as we have only one car, a stick shift. I hate not being able to do all the things that I want, and I'm sure you are as well. Happy healing for both of us, I hope!