Monday, April 13, 2015

Plantar Fasciitis

After having pain in my heel on and off for the last 12 months, a few weeks ago l decided l needed to do something more about it. I had an X-ray done in June last year, the report came back negative - no abnormalities, nothing wrong. Went to my GP with the report and the X-ray, he said the same thing. There is nothing wrong. Really? Nothing wrong? Then why is it impossible for me to put weight on my left foot without a shooting pain in my heel?

I put it down to injuring it somehow at work, either a sprain or a strain. As l'm constantly walking on uneven terrain it wouldn't have surprised me.

Over the past 10 months it's happened several times, all being put down to sore, tired feet. On and off, it gets worse and then it gets better again...

Until two weeks ago, where it was so bad that l could no put any weight or pressure on my left heel whatsoever when l woke up in the mornings before work(I'd have to grin and bear it and "walk it off". I decided to go to my new GP (since we have moved) and speak to him about it. He suggested an ultrasound, which l was more than happy to get done - only problem was it was a 5 day wait.

The ultrasound lady (don't know a more correct term!) was nice, but she had doubt in her voice when she was checking my heel. She kept trying to assure me they should find the problem. I picked up my results the next afternoon - no abnormalities, nothing wrong.

Frustrated, l went back to my GP, who read the report for himself and basically said there is nothing else he can do. I asked if l should go and see a Podiatrist, he said if l think it would be worthwhile then yes l should go. I booked an appointment for later that week.

The podiatrist was professional, very nice and easy to get on with. He asked me what the problem was (in terms of pain) and looked at my X-ray. At first glance he immediately said "you have a spur" and l joking said he must be kidding, after all the X-ray and the ultrasound reports both stated nothing was wrong. He pointed it out to me and sure enough, clear as day there was a spur. (I did look at the X-rays on my own after l got them back originally, l just didn't know what to look for)

We did some tests, and he observed how l walk. He said l am very flat footed, to the point that the degree that my foot is turning in was double the normal range. I told him l was surprised to hear that, growing up l always had a high arch in both feet. Due to surveying and being on my feet all day, my feet have slowly gone flatter over the years.

He has given me some stretches to do every morning and every night, as well as on my lunch break at work. I've also purchased some new joggers which are a more controlling shoe, the arch will help retrain my flat feet.

Its week 2 of "school holidays" (hahaha) of TAFE, l have completed half of one of my textbooks (which l think is a pretty good effort, considering they are allowing 36 weeks to complete that particular book, and in less than 3 weeks l have already finished half. The assessments are scattered throughout the book, and l have completed a fair few of those.

Until next time =)

Monday, April 6, 2015

The latest

My goodness,

I can't believe its been that long since l've posted in a blog.

So much has happened and changed since my last entry.

My most recent venture is heading back to TAFE - which is most likely what l'll end up talking about most (if l ever come back here lol)

Its the end of the Easter long weekend, and as l sit here with a head cold feeling miserable and tired, l can't help but want to study! I am enjoying learning again. I am a firm believer that your mind will go stale if you don't exercise it. I am attending two nights a week after work, and its local which is even better. There aren't any exams that l am aware of, a lot of it is assessment work. Its also a lot of "do it at your own pace" type work, and a lot of it l can do at home in my own time.

That part l am really enjoying - at home and in my own time. I started late into the course (I started in week 10 of term 1) so l have 9 weeks to catch up on, not an easy task. I have been told by my teacher that even though l did start late l will have the full 12 months to complete the course, it just means l will finish 9 weeks later than everyone else in my class. This applies for people who might start in June for example, they will still have 12 months to complete the course. I can tell my teacher would like it if l could catch up - l know it will be easier for both me and her if l can, but she has emphasised that she has no expectations and for me just to do my best.

So while its "school holidays" - ha l love those words, seriously, school holidays? I wish l could have school holidays! I am trying my best to catch up as much as l can. I have already gotten through 3 chapters of a textbook (13 chapters total) and have completed a fair few assessments and started some others. It's only the start of the holidays too, l would have liked to have been further ahead than what l currently am, but l have given myself a break as l'm sick.

My teacher is great and my classmates are all adults, no teenagers which is a bonus. Everyone wants to be there, not like surveying which started off with 2 classes of 60 people and dwindled down to 1 class of 16.

The reason l am doing this course? Basically so l have a back-up in life. I don't see myself doing surveying for the rest of my working years - l once used to, many years ago (l still cannot believe its been 10 years since l started working in surveying!) but now my knees and feet are screaming at me to take it easy, plus l can't do this type of job if l ever fall pregnant and want to start a family, there are far too many trip hazards on the sites l work on. I tripped over twice last week! The good thing though is if l ever do leave, l will always have surveying. It's something that will never leave me and l can always go back and keep going.

I've written myself a "study plan" - basically study for at least an hour everyday during the "school holidays" (there's those words again - hahaha!) which isn't going to be easy, with running a household now l am finding it hard to even just sit down and watch a favourite program on tv - l don't even think l have a current favourite - thats how long its been since l've sat down and watched something that wasn't the news!

In other areas of my life:

I am also coaching netball again this year, this time l'm going solo. I was an assistant two years ago, which l enjoyed but l am ready for my own team now. I'm also starting up again playing (took a year off with my bad knees) and am the Vice President for the second year in a row for my netball club.

I'm running a household now, been doing so for 6 months and l think l'm doing okay, we are all still alive and thats the main thing ... right? ;)

Still scrapbooking, but not as much unfortunately - even though l have an entire room that is dedicated to scrapbooking (!) l am finding it hard to find the time - then again working full time, studying, running a household, coaching, playing netball and being on the committee - yeah l'm really not surprised l don't have a lot of time!

Might be back, you never know!