Oh, it's hell to get old.
At the last agility trial, my feet were absolutely KILLING me. So much so that I remember on Friday, walking my last class and being in so much pain I kept saying to myself, "I can hardly walk this course, how the hell am I going to run it!!!"
So, I went to the doc.
Got sent to a specialist.
I got arthritis in my toes, especially the big toes. The bones are flared out so when I walk and the big toes have to bend, they have no room to bend, and of course that is why I'm in pain.
To make a long story short, my insurance will pay for ortho-inserts. So they cast my feet today and the doc says the inserts will be ready in a couple weeks.
Doc was great... he has Shelties and is a fan of agility on TV but has never run it. He said he couldn't imagine how I was running, turning, pivoting, like he's seen people do with the way my feet are. He said he wants me to try these inserts and then next year he'll make me the "sports" inserts for more support (apparently insurance covers only one pair of inserts a year).
I hope the inserts help. I did try those Dr. Schol's Gel inserts once and my feet hurt WORSE so I threw them away.
Oh gosh! I hope the inserts help too. I have been having a bad foot problem also, and they can't figure out what it is, even after an MRI. The worse thing is, the other foot seems to be "getting it" too.
Well you know how miserable you can be when your feet hurt. I hope they are able to find the cause of yours. I suspected arthritis but didn't really know until I saw the x-ray. Also my fourth toe on the left root rolls to the side when I walk and sometimes painfully (I mean, feels like fire pain) cracks. I asked Doc what that was. He said it's the toe actually coming out of the joint and there's not a lot they can do about it. Thankfully that doesn't happen all the time, just with certain shoes, so I avoid those shoes!!
Did he mention that you might have neuromas on your feet. That's what's wrong with mine. The nerves running to the toes go thru the joint just as the toes leave the feet. If those joints are compressed and rub together, the nerves will form balls/neuromas at that point. I've had to have steriod injections in those nerves to stop the pain. That's why I love my crocs. They put no pressure on the sides of my foot. Hope you can get some release.
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Linda it is hard getting old! I'm sorry to hear about your feet!
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I have occaisonal problems too. I found that I have to be VERY careful about the shoes I choose. I bought some cool looking Sketchers that I see alot of folks wearing at dog shows....no matter if I wear them to work or a show, I get serious pains in my heels and achilies tendon. I can't figure it out. It's ONLY those shoes. They have a flat sole, so you'd think it would be like walking bare-foot but it's not.
Good luck. Hopefully the orthodics work out for you.
Gosh Linda...I'm sorry to hear about your arthritis. I hope the inserts help. It's no fun at all to have sore, aching feet. Especially with how active you are.