It was podiatrist Friday for this girl. I headed there post lunch to finally have my left ankle checked out. The office was small and quaint. As expected, I brought the average age of the office down to 75. Fortunately, the staff was fantastic as was the doctor. This was a welcome surprise as it is not the norm at doctor’s offices in South Florida.
After filling out an encyclopedia of paperwork customary to a first visit including any and all allergic reactions or surgeries I’ve ever had, I was taken back to see the doc. The offices are setup quite differently than a normal office and there wasn’t the normal blood pressure, temp and pulse checks. As I waited, I noticed the wallpaper had cursive letters scattered randomly. It seemed like an odd choice for a doctor’s office. It was like an adult version of a wallpaper you be more likely to see in a preschool.
Comparatively, the visit was quick and painless.In short order, the doctor was in to assess the situation. I was pretty specific on the intake form that it was probably stress fracture of posterior tibial tendinitis. She was a bit surprised that I was so specific. I explained I had been seen at urgent care, plus friends in the business. P.S. It turns out I was right!
She examined both legs and was quickly able to determine the issue was the posterior tibial tendon. On my left leg, the tendon is aggravated at the insertion point into the muscle. Whereas on the right leg, the pain was in the arch of the foot and lower ankle. The pain in both legs is due to an overly high arch on my feet, which causes the foot to collapse as I run. Sounds amazing doesn’t it?
Of course the doctor asked if I had stopped activity. She did not like my answer. Oh yeah, the podiatrist totally lectured me. See I thought not running and not doing Zumba would be a sufficient reduction in activities. Unfortunately, the doctor did not approve of the spin, yoga, circuit, and barre classes I’ve done since the injury. Unquestionably, I’m not good at taking my foot off the gas, nor do I want to as I’m in a good groove. Surprisingly, I agree to modify my activities and forego going barefoot or wearing socks at yoga or barre. Much like the urgent care doctor, she looked like she didn’t believe me when I said I’d be complaint.
The good news is custom orthotics, which are the same price as a pair of Jimmy Choo’s (albeit Jimmy Choo’s on clearance) should fix the issue. The pain in my legs should go away once the arch is properly supported, . Unfortunately, in the interim I have to hang up my heels, being barefoot and my sandals. For the time being, I’m only able to wear my running shoes. My works clothes are gonna look great with our Asics.
Tonight’s song performed by PVris is “What’s Wrong.”