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#406685 - 03/12/14 08:30 PM My stupid Foot!
Slogger Offline
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Registered: 12/06/05
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Loc: West Lancs.
Never thought I would have serious trouble with my feet. Blisters, yeah, only to be expected at times with the kind of things that I enjoy doing, but my feet have always been strong. Many fell running colleagues over the years have suffered numerous sprained ankles due to uneven ground, but not me, never had a real sprain. Ive gone over on my ankle alright, but with strong feet the rapid response to correct has kept me injury free.
However my foot problem that began some 20 months ago and as far as I am concerned, been wrongly diagnosed as Plantar fascitiis, continues to debilitate me. Ok I managed a 25 miler fast walk last Sunday, but finished with my right foot a total mess and so painful.
Anyway I took myself off to a specialist Podiatrist last night and got a proper explanation and diagnosis.
Now at last I can begin to get somewhere now I know what the problem really is. My right foot has an Ankle and Forefoot Equinous. Both are unrelated to each other, I am just unfortunate to have both.
basically my foot has tilted over to the outer and my forefoot has dropped below my heel level. The mid section of my foot from my main arch across does not make contact with the bottom of my shoe. This explains why for years I have had sharp arch pain if my shoe laces are anything like tight and why I have to wear all my footwear on the loose side.
This creates huge stress and forces throughout the foot structure, especially when moving fast, hence my heel and side of foot pain.
Not a lot can be done as this is an exceptional bio-mechanical issue. Only thing I can do is get some proper Orthotics made to the exact shape of the sole of my foot, wear well cushioned sturdy shoes with good heels, and do plenty of calf and hamstring muscle stretches.
Going to Carnforth tomorrow to spend even more money seeing another Podiatrist for a further assessment with a view to having some orthotics made. This time the foot is scanned and the insoles are produced using the resulting information. Not cheap, but well worth it providing they make a big difference.

#406687 - 07/12/14 12:39 PM Re: My stupid Foot! [Re: Slogger]
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Registered: 09/04/12
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Hope you have more success with your new orthotics than I did. I was prescribed orthotics for a pain I had under my right foot. I was told I had one leg shorter than the other, hence the need for the orthotics to balance things up. While I was waiting for the them, I was given a temporary heel raise. After walking for about a mile my left hip started to hurt. I persevered on the advice of the podiatrist but the pain only got worse. When the orthotics arrived they made the job even worse. 100 wasted!! Twelve months later I still have the pain in my foot plus the side effects of the different tablets I have been prescribed for the sore hip. I put the painful hip being caused by the orthotic upsetting the balance in my body. A number of people have said that they have experienced the same problem with the use of orthotics. Hope the difference your orthotics make is for the better and do not cause other problems.

#406689 - 08/12/14 10:59 AM Re: My stupid Foot! [Re: Slogger]
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Registered: 09/01/09
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Loc: hertfordshire
Hi Dave
It sounds grim but at least your getting to the real cause of the problem rather than the PF thing that everyone's foot pain seems to be diagnosed as. I hope the orthotics help you mate


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