|Swan Feet by LearningTheLight.com|
I have a huge praise to share with you!
For years I've had trouble with my feet - and I literally mean most of my life. I've had trouble with bunions, a Morton's neuroma, plantar fasciitis, and heel spurs. I've had surgery on my left foot twice, both before I was 21 years old. Recently the pain in my arches has gotten much worse, and a little round nodule has appeared in my left arch, which felt like I was walking on rocks. My right arch has a thickening in it, which is how the left one started out. The little nodule itself doesn't hurt very much unless I happen to hit it somehow, but overall, my feet ache most of the time and I hobble around on them when I get up in the morning and after sitting any length of time.
So when the little round nodule popped up, I finally went to my family doctor. He said it would need to be removed surgically (oh great!). Because the socialized health care system takes so long to get an appointment - I would have waited up to 2 years just for the appointment - my doctor recommended a podiatrist friend of his in a town about an hour away who is in private practice. I got an appointment with him within a month.
My appointment was today. I have a plantar fibroma, which is a benign condition - no worries there. The treatment for it is custom orthotic inserts. Surgery, it turns out, only makes it worse! The fibroma is actually scar tissue built up from tears in the plantar fascia, the ligament that runs along the arch of the foot. When I get my inserts, they will hold my arches in the correct position, which will relieve the tearing of the fascia as I walk, which in turn will allow my body to do away with the scar tissue that has built up. I also have thick callouses right under the base of my toes, and the doctor said those will be relieved when my arches are aligned correctly. The reason surgery makes the fibroma worse is because the scar tissue will build up again, this time much larger. And the only surgery that prevents that tissue build-up is one to remove almost the entire ligament - so then you don't even have that support in there anymore! So surgery is not the answer! Praise the Lord!
The doctor made molds of my arches today, and my inserts will be ready February 18th. I know this sounds crazy, but I'm so excited to get these inserts! I can interchange them between my shoes, so I won't have to wear ugly shoes (although I do wear sensible shoes), and they will last for 5-10 years. And I will finally have relief from the pain and callouses! The inserts are a bit pricey (they're not Dr. Scholl's, after all!), but since they last so long and give such relief, they will be worth it for me.
I'm one happy lady today! I just keep thanking the Lord that I don't have to have surgery and that relief is within reach!