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It is really bad when the Physical Therapist gives up on you

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wow, I’ve been going around and around with a foot issue. Basically a lot of pain the more I use it. That can be a real bummer when you love to walk. Last year I was walking in the morning before work and walking in the afternoon for lunch. I also worked at getting some strength training in.

Well at the beginning of this year my foot doctor sent me to physical therapy. I started with one therapist who three weeks into the treatment had a baby. This left me with a student who had some great ideas and tried some different treatment. When he left after his time was up I ended up with a therapist who the student trained with. They both kind of treated me when the student was there, but now I’m full time with him. He has been with the company quite a few years and had some recent training in a new method of treatment. I do feel like they have been trying, I’m just sort of sad that they can’t do more.

After all those people and months of going and doing their stretching exercises faithfully we are at a plateau and he feels like the treatment isn’t doing me any good. He has had a couple of recommendations that he asked the doctor about, but he is dragging his feet. I was pretty persistent the last time I called the doctor that I needed to do something about this pain. So my next step is a bone scan. I’m not sure what he is looking for, and I’m not sure I want him to find it. I do want relief though.

During all this time I have not exercised like I should have. Some of it because I love to walk and I had to give it up. The other reason I think is just because I’ve been in a funk… I also have eaten poorly and gained weight back. I’m pretty disappointed in myself. With all that said I am trying to add more exercising – weights need to come back into my life and I also need to get on my bike – after all there is no weight being put on my foot while I ride. Yes this is the plan!
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  • GMAHOSS1
    sounds like you have a plan going so just remember we all falter sometimes.just get back in the saddle lol and keep on ridin
    3514 days ago
  • ROSEWCI
    I hear ya my friend! I'm been floundering a bit too! It's difficult when we're challenged w/obstacles, such as an injury & we can't do what we want! You've got a plan tho...& that's a good thing! Doing the weights & biking sounds fun for summer!

    I hope the foot issue is resolved soon, & you get some relief!
    Good luck! And BTW...I'm LOVIN' the flowers in your background!

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    3515 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    Sorry to hear about this persistent foot pain. I love to walk as well, so I know the anguish of not being able to. Hang in there and hopeful that it resolves itself soon.
    3520 days ago
  • GRAMMACATHY
    One year I received a gift card for a reflexology appointment. I was clueless, but the young woman (fresh out of college with oriental medicine training) got rid of every ache and pain in my body from head to toe by working over my feet. I felt like jello and was so relaxed nothing bothered me. I highly recommend it if you can find a good one who will listen to you about possible injuries in your feet. Keep us updated. I hope you have found some answers by now.
    3527 days ago
  • NANASAMM
    Water walking/jogging. I'm sorry about your foot pain. I hope you find relief soon.
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    3534 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/23/2011 9:59:32 AM
  • no profile photo CD6615570
    Sorry to hear about all that pain. I know pain can get you down...it has me. But, you are so right about finding other exercises you can do.

    Let's make this a Fantastic Friday!
    3540 days ago
  • BELLAMEMAW
    Hey Val - I know a little of what you're going through. I had foot surgery 3 years ago and it was harder to recoup from that than the hip surgery I had 7 years ago.

    I was going to suggest that you use a bike but you already have that as part of your plan (excellent!) and I was also going to suggest some water exercises but I see someone else did, too.

    We all go through funks for one reason or another and you're entitled to have yours. Stop, take a deep breath, exhale and then give yourself a hug and look at all the positives. You have a plan and that's exactly what you need. When I come across these sorts of situations I write things down.... obstacles, fears, needs, etc and how I can overcome/attain them.

    You'll figure it out - just be patient with yourself. Have you tried a PT that handles sports injuries?? Sometimes they have different approaches. Just a suggestion.


    3541 days ago
  • KANSASROSE67
    Hang in there...hopfully you'll have an answer soon. Biking is a lot of fun so I hope you get hooked on it!
    3542 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    Good Luck with the foot and enjoy your time on the bike!
    3542 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    You've got a plan...now all you've got to do is follow through! I know you can do this!! emoticon emoticon
    3542 days ago
  • INTOTHEJAM2
    I'm so sorry to hear about your foot problems. Something very similar happened with me, except mine was that I was walking blisters on my feet! I had to slow it down a bit, and still haven't been able to get back on track. It's hard to choose a different exercise when you've found one that you love so much and can't do anymore. Luckily, you've picked the bike thing. Best of luck!!
    3542 days ago
  • LADYGWEN25
    i agree...Hop on that bike! SOrry to hear about the footpain... Hopefully you get answers soon.
    3542 days ago
  • TODAYIWILL02


    Get well soon! emoticon
    3542 days ago
  • DDOORN
    Great to hear from you and LOVE your plans for re-SPARKING! You know I'm all OVER bikes...lol!

    Might just bump into each other out on the roads sometime...! :-)

    Don
    3542 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6063397
    emoticon that story was good...looking forward to the next chapter of your life-
    Haaaaaaaaaaaa...
    3542 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9786087
    Man! What a bummer!! Sorry you are in pain!NOT good emoticon However, I do think your new plan sounds great!! emoticon

    I will keep you in my prayers- keep us posted. emoticon
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    3542 days ago
  • DOTTIEJANE1
    Sorry to here that you are still in pain. Swimming is very good excise,Some place have water aerobics and us weights . I think I would go to another clinic depending on the scan .
    3542 days ago
  • DIMI1124
    I am so sorry to hear about your foot . BUT I am more impressed that you are looking at the opportunities! YOU ROCK!
    3542 days ago
  • KAMAPERRY
    Wow! Sure hope they find out what is wrong! I know when I had to lay off my favorite exercise due to my knee, I went into a funk, and I am just now coming out of it. Yuo just need to find what you can do, and do it. Good luck with the bike!
    3542 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    Sorry you are still having so much foot pain. Time for another opinion? Let us know what the bone scan shows. I joined Riverwalk just to use their pool. I bet swimming would be a great exercise for you!
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    3542 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8180433
    I'd switch physical therapists. I mean come on... 3 weeks along and the first one went on maternity leave. Seems like she shouldn't have been accepting new patients when she was so close to her due date. I'd say go somewhere else. Bike riding and swimming might be good exercises for you, but I think even bike riding will put some stress on your foot. Maybe do some upper body stuff like a rowing machine or something. Good luck!!!
    3542 days ago
  • LIBBYFITZ
    emoticon Seems to be an awfully long time to be having this foot pain. I understand what it is like to have foot pain issues and not be able to walk. I had a cynovial cyst in my left foot last year and that took about 3 months if not longer to completely heal. I had physiotherapy for a week and an orthotic made. I also used a lot of anti inflammatory gel on the area every night for ages! I even took ant inflamatory tablets when I travelled to Machu Pichu in Peru last August. sounds like you need a 2nd opinion!
    3542 days ago
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