Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Magic Foot Doctor!

Not only was yesterday my blog birthday but it was also the day of my big appointment with The Magic Foot Doctor, Curer of all Things Podiatry-ish.

I had, you could say, high hopes.

You know, like if the guy had opened a cabinet full of snake oil I would've taken it all, no matter the price. Desperate? Sure, I'll admit to being desperate. But it was more that I had finally decided to see a professional (as opposed to the self-diagnosing doctor that I pretend to be, late at night, alone with the Google search engine) that raised my hopes to ridiculous levels.

What, I now wonder, did I expect the guy to do? Hypnotize my toe? Not likely. My Magic Foot Doctor turned out to be a regular guy. Regular, tie-wearing, polite, business-like doctor guy.

He examined my feet. "You have bunions," he said. I agreed. "And it looks like you have only about 10 percent mobility in the right toe." Hmm... "And some bone spurs." Double hmm... "Maybe a little plantar fasciitis." Triple hmm... "And what we sometimes call a bunionette on the fifth metatarsal." OK, really, this is enough.

Diagnosis: Three bunions, bone spurs, plantar fasciitis. Of the three bunions, only the one on my right big toe is particularly bad because it affects both the top and side of the joint and has limited my toe's mobility considerably. But, Mr. Regular Foot Doctor Guy did say that the others would just get worse if left alone. He took a mold of my feet for orthotics and explained what would be involved in a bunionectomy. I don't even like typing that word, so I'm not going to go into the details. The bottom line is that I would be able to walk and drive after the surgery, but would not be able to run for two to three months.

Let's hope the orthotics work wonders.

I should get the orthotics in about a month and then I'll go back to Mr. Regular Foot Doctor Guy in three months. He expects that the orthotics will make a big difference. I can't wait!

So, that's that.

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~ Felice

22 comments:

I Run for Fun said...

Gosh! Hope the orthotics work! I am keeping my fingers crossed for you, girl!

Manderz said...

Oh no! I am keeping my fingers crossed too! Good luck

lindsay said...

so... basically he just ruled out a few things you DON'T have like an ingrown nail, a stress fracture, or broken bone. gee thanks doc!

bunionectomy sounds like a lovely word and procedure. hoping the orthod's do the trick and get you back on your running feet again soon!

Marlene said...

Sounds like a productive appointment. Heres hoping the orthotics do their job!

Abby said...

Three bunions? I didn't even know that there were enough big toes for that to be possible!

Sending healing thoughts and hopes that the orthotics do, indeed, work wonders.

The Happy Runner said...

Abby -- you're right. There aren't enough big toes for that. Somehow, you can get a bunion on your little toe! Who knew?

My right foot has a bunion on the big toe and the delicate sounding bunionette on the little toe. Fun!

Roisin said...

WHAT?! 2 to 3 MONTHS???? I hope those orthodics work too then. Good luck lady!!!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

YIKES!!! fingers and toes are crossed that the orthotics work wonders too!

Diana said...

I hope the orthotics work and no surgery necessary! Although, I'm glad you finally got to see him so that you can get it taken care of!`

kilax said...

My grandma had to have that surgery. I hope the orthotics work for you! *fingers crossed*

Jon (was) in Michigan said...

Ack!

Just say no to orthotics.

Sorry. I can't help it.

Flat shoes. ChiRunning. Save your feet!

J said...

My aunt had bunion surgery on both her big toes and it really helped alot. She had surgery more than 10 years ago and has really had no trouble at all since then. It might be worth looking into if the orthodics don't work.

Heather C said...

Ooh I hope the orthotics work! My Mom had surgery for bunions when we were growing up - she's a runner too. She got back into it after ~2 months (so impatient), and hasn't had any problems since. Might be worth it in the long run? But! always try the first option that Does NOT involve surgery. :) and hope that Regular Foot Dr Guy is nice!

Denise said...

Oh my gosh...you have me freaking out. No running for 2-3 months?? there is NO way I'm going to get mine fixed then. I'd shoot myself! Do you have pain all the time?

EndorphinBuzz said...

Sounds scary I hope you can get out of it with minimum downtime and pain. A friend of mine swears by his orthothic so here's a wish it can solve all your problems.

D10 said...

First, I could never be a podiatrist. I really don't like feet, never mind having to look and touch them all day!

I hope the orthodics work, but you have to wait a month before you get them?!?

Michelle said...

Good luck - I sure hope the orthotics work for you!!

I do kinda like the word bunionette. Makes it sound so cute!!

:O)

merrymishaps said...

A friend had bad bunions on both feet, and is getting ready to have the second one taken care of.

Not to freak you out, but it was definitely more than 2-3 months recovery. Hopefully yours are simpler to fix. Or better yet, that the orthotics help you avoid surgery!

Quix said...

Crossing my fingers and toes for you the orthodics work. No running for 2-3 months? Yikes! (I know, I'm an addict too...)

aron said...

good luck!!! i hope the orthodics work!

Fair Weather Runner said...

oh wow, that is crazy! well, orthotics have done wonders for me, so i'm pulling for you. and happy late bloggie birthday, i've been MIA on blogs lately! so happy blogiversary nonetheless.

patricia clark said...

i love orthotics because i can stand on my own legs today so just because of orthotics.

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