As you know I’ve been dealing with what the first doctor thought was tendonitis, what my physical therapist was treating. Although she thought the pain was being caused by nerves in my back, and decided to treat it as such, physical therapy definitely made me feel much better, limbered me up a bit so to speak. While going to Physical Therapy I had my first visit to the Advanced Sports doctor, he ran nerve tests, ordered another x-ray because he didn’t like the x-ray that was taken the first time I was there. (I could have told him that it wasn’t my knee!). He also made me walk around the room a little funny, heel to toe, on my toes like a ballerina, whatever. I get it, it’s all about the evaluation. He determined it was a peroneal neuroma, the nerve that runs from my hip to my knee to my ankle to my toes. That’s the best way I can describe it. It makes sense. So, he said to continue PT and off I went.
Physical therapy got better after that. It was more focused on the issue and not so much guess work as if it was truly a nerve issue in my back. Again, my back has never felt so good since PT. I continued doing the exercises, and when the pain went away or the stretch wasn’t working anymore we moved on to new exercises, stretches. About three weeks later the pain had almost gone away, I’d say it was 5% lingering. We made adjustments to my seat position in my car, I bought a better lumbar support for my office chair and I started standing up straighter. Physical therapy was actually fixing my posture too. My last session of physical therapy I walked away with a list of exercises to continue at home, if and when the pain came back. (I know them by heart now.)
My follow up with the Advanced Sports doctor was short and sweet. He went thru the same tests as before, minus the x-ray and since the pain was almost none or gone, I no longer had to come back. Of course, should it resurface then I would have to come back, but hopefully it will not come to that. (Fingers and toes crossed!)
Overall, this learning experience showed me that painful shoes are not worth it, not even if I wanted a pair of sexy nude heels that I would wear to multiple weddings. I refuse to settle for anything uncomfortable again. They cost me months of a throbbing headache type of pain in my calf. Almost 2 months of physical therapy and 5 doctor appointments. I lived, learned and am pain free as I write this last paragraph (and I am rid of the painful Cinderella shoes as they are on their way to a better home). Physical therapy is awesome, anyone who has the opportunity to do it to help them get better, heal faster, and recover stronger should do it. It may be an inconvenience, but I’d rather be inconvenienced than live with the struggle to heal and be well.