Sep 01, 2017

Steps and a serious foot issue

Last Sunday was day 46 of walking over 10,000 steps per day.  Since then I have just managed a few thousand per day.

My right instep began to ache while at the airport in Edmonton last Wednesday.  The day before while at the chiropractor he did a minor adjustment of my right leg.  If you recall I fell back in May on my right knee,breaking my glasses, etc.  Dr. McKenna noticed that I had a very small rotation to the left.  He adjusted that among other things.  When we left his office we noticed a shoe sale at a store that specialized in walking shoes.  I bought a pair for $100.00 which normally sold for $200.00.  I wore them back to the hotel and they seemed fine.  I did change shoes for the rest of the evening and we did a lot of walking along Whyte Avenue and the thru the Fringe Festival area.

The next morning I wore them for our morning walk and second visit to the chiropractor.  All of my adjustments had held and I had no pain.  I wore the new sandals till we got past security when I noticed my right foot aching a bit.  I changed back to my usual walking shoes, my Mephistos, which are good for strolling but not serious walking.

Last Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday I pushed through the pain and walked my 10,000 steps.  I kept hoping that I would wake up and the pain would be gone but it only got worse.  I began to realize that I had a serious problem with my right foot no matter what shoe I wore.  The pain was centered around my right instep.  I tried to walk Monday morning but had to stop due to the pain.

I like to analyze things and the only thing that I could come up with was that the chiropractic adjustment had altered my leg rotation a tiny bit and hence my instep position.  Likely the new shoes irritated the area.  Had I just worn my usual shoes I probably would have been fine once my body readjusted to where it was supposed to be.  I combined two news things and perhaps that is what caused the irritation.

There was also the possibility that the severe plantar fasciitis I had back in 2009 was making an appearance.  I saw my family doctor just two days ago on Wednesday.  She poked and prodded and believes that I have a soft tissue injury and need to be off my feet for over a week.  That means icing and elevating my right foot.  Of course I should have stopped walking at the beginning of the pain but I was stubborn and thought that I could just push through it all.

I am very concerned that this injury might affect my travels in the future so I have stopped my walks and am just doing a minimum of walking within the house.  I did have to go to the bank today and that really increased the pain. Overall I would say that the resting and icing is helping.   However I am distraught that I had to break my 46 day walking streak.  Hopefully I will be able to get back to it sooner than later and I sure hope that I will be able to wear those new walking shoes.  They would be perfect for Europe.  All I can do is take it one step at a time.

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9 Responses to “Steps and a serious foot issue”

  1. Jannose says:

    Sorry to hear about your foot issue. Did your chiropractor check to see if you should have orthotics?

    • Contessa says:

      I have been told in the past that I should wear them and I have but it did not really help. Wearing Mephisto shoes has been my salvation. Beside my feet can no longer stand closed toe shoes. I think it has been close to 20 years that I can’t wear them. Now my feet get claustrophobic.

      • SandyM says:

        Feet that are claustrophobic – that makes me smile. I had very bad bunions which I had removed very successfully in 2006 and 2007 and my feet became claustrophobic! Just cannot stand my toes enclosed so I need to lived year round where I can wear sandals……….and short pants!

        Very cute pictures of the Girls.

  2. Well, the last line sums it up perfectly… I find that fitbits make people a bit OCD.

  3. It’s ok to take time off if you are injured:)

  4. Shelagh says:

    Having had a fitbit for along time I have to laugh at Peter’s comment about being OCD. Do you every find yourself putting things in your dominate arm so you can have your non dominant swing free so as to count the steps. Do you find yourself sitting very still while your battery is charging, you do not want to miss those steps!! We can laugh at it but the buttom line is basically it is about active minutes. 10k steps of about 90 minutes is what counts and is healthy and at one time,walking all over your house is not the same thing. My fit bit recently died so I will just walk the walk for the proper time and I will miss my BUZZ for the 10k, which due to my osteo knees has been very poorthis last while. Cheers anyhow.

    • Contessa says:

      I don’t count the steps with an arm or in my head. I simply walk and observe what I can and what has changed from the day prior. I do have to say that about 5k are form the walk and the rest from moving about the house.

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