Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Went to See the Foot Doctor (with pictures)

So if you have been following this awesome little blog for any amount of time, you'd have noticed that I have a bum foot. My stupid foot has kept me from running consistently and at times I have threatened to chop it off and hope a new one grows in it's place. Mandi has reminded me though that I'm not a starfish and I should first see a specialist. Like an angel from the sky I met Lindsey through a CFF fundraiser who happened to be a what, that's right, a foot specialist (she assesses and then makes orthotics). She offered to take care of my foot and got me in to see the doc.

Here is the foot doctor journey in pictures:

POA of Scottsdale

These front doors could represent stepping into a new future of feet...I know a stretch...Sorry

My left foot is the one that has given me the most problems.

Here I am sweating bullets. I'm not at all used to doctors (I hope you can sense my sarcasm)

Why do all examination rooms seem to look the same no matter what they are examining?

If I knew they were going to have to tear the skin away from my foot to diagnose what was going on I wouldn't have agreed to the appointment. It hurt really bad, but I pushed through it.

They had me push my feet into foam to make some specially made orthotics just for me!

Here's the lab where they make all of the orthotics and fake limbs

Here's Lindsey. She's the sweetheart that made this whole thing happen. Thank you!!!!!

So I know you are all wondering what the diagnoses was. It turns out that I have pes cavus which means "highly arched" feet. For years, and I mean years, I've been telling people that I have flat feet. Shows how in tune I am with anything not called my lungs. I also was told that I have a "functional forefoot drop". What this basically means is that my heal and forefoot aren't on the same plane. My heel is constantly trying to get on that plane and by doing so it is affecting my arch. They started by giving me some "heal lifts" to try and even out that plane and then I go back next Tuesday to pick up a specially made orthotic for my feet.

I can't thank Lindsey and POA of Scottsdale enough for taking time out of their schedule to try and help me out. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

6 people had something to say...:

Jess said...

Thanks for the recipe Ronnie. Unfortunately things got worse before I was able to even attempt it. But I saved it just incase. Thumbs down to bowel obstructions!

Christy said...

Hope the heal lifts and orthotic work. Glad you found out the problem!!

Katey said...

I'm glad you got your foot taken care of. Hopefully this will help and you can run MUCH easier and free of pain!!

Melanie Tait (Mel Tries to Run) said...

Yay that you have your foot sorted out. I feel your pain at being restricted from running because of silly old feet :)

Denise said...

I hope this does the trick. My feet have been bothering me lately. I'm hoping it's just from all the mileage and they will feel better after the race.

patricia clark said...

Well i also suffered with the similar disorder but doctors were calling as PTTD.