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Leopard's pawJust got back from the pawdiatrist's office about my feet, which began hurting quite bad at this year's Anthrocon and have continued to hurt since, laying me up for the last couple of weekends.

The good news: it's not neuropathy.

The bad news: it's my mom's fault.

Okay, maybe I should work my way back from that statement.

My pawdiatrist examined my x-rays and then my feet, and seemed impressed at the brain dumps I put together for him on my knee and feet issues over the past 3 months. He then went on to explain the big picture, starting with my hips. They're a little wider than they should be for someone my size, which means my knees aren't perfectly straight. This accounted for my knee issues (though the excessive cycling surely did not help, either!). From there, he pointed out that my feet also have high arches, which means that an abnormal amount of weight is being placed on the outside of the feet (where it hurts the most) as well as the balls of the feet and the heels. Age didn't help, either. My body was just too old to take the stress that I put on it at every Anthrocon, hence the problems happening this particular year.

So why are my hips abnormal in the first place? It has to do with how I grew in my mother's womb. Since I am a first born child, that means that the muscles in her uterus were tighter and caused my body to be a slightly different position as she carried me. Hence the bones of my hips forming differently.

And how to fix this? Fixing my hips (...how?) is right out, so the next best thing we can do is get orthotics to align my feet properly. That in turn will take some of the stress off of them as well as my knees. From there, it will be some months for my muscles in my knees and feet to fully adjust, since I have to undo about 33 years of mis-alignment first. (there may be more physical therapy involved) I have an appointment to get fitted for them next week, and they'll be delivered 2-3 weeks after that. They normally last a year for people who run marathons, and 3-5 years for the rest of us mortals.

As far as ongoing treatment, the doc said that foot baths and capzasin really won't do much, nor does the Piroxicam. The inserts I currently have don't hurt, but they won't completely help, either. Orthotics are pretty much the only option.

The big downside (aside from the pain) is that insurance plans generally don't cover orthotics, which means $500 out of pocket for me. But... I guess that's what my emergency fund is for. So that brings it down to a mere inconvenience.

Until I get this under control, I don't think I'll be doing much long distance travel, or even short distance travel. ConFluence (this weekend!) is right out, and so is IndyFurCon, I'm afraid, since the first one involves a 5 hour drive and the second involves stomping through a couple of airports. :-/ I'm hopeful I'm feeling better by FurFright and MFF, but we'll see. (I can still make it to DC this weekend, since that involves Amtrak, and mostly hanging out at [livejournal.com profile] davinwarter's place, as opposed to walking around a convention.)

I got plans the next couple of weekends, but I think in general if folks want to come visit on weekend (or give me a lift to local social events on weekends), I won't say no. I think the social interaction would be good for me anyway, and I can grace folks with my charming wit and witty intellect. (complete and total lies, BTW)

Oh, and being old sucks. :-P

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Date: 2010-07-22 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unclekage.livejournal.com
I would offer an alternative explanation for your unusually wide hips....

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Date: 2010-07-22 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giza.livejournal.com
Image (http://memegenerator.net/Dolph-The-Fascist-Hippo/ImageMacro/1151992/Dolph-The-Fascist-Hippo-ARRRGH)

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Date: 2010-07-22 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fenris-lorsrai.livejournal.com
At least you have a diagnosis and a solution, even if it will take a little while to work! And at least they're both the SAME problem, so you've only got one issue to fix and won't end up dealing with two treatments that may be at cross purposes.

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Date: 2010-07-22 11:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] adelheid-p.livejournal.com
Sorry that you won't make it to Confluence but I'm glad that you finally have a diagnosis and a plan to correct it. And that you don't have to "live" with it. I'm still not so sure about the mother's uterus explanation but that's in the past anyway.

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Date: 2010-07-23 01:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ryvex.livejournal.com
Poor spottycat. *snugs*

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Date: 2010-07-23 02:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silent-o.livejournal.com
What happened to being "classic?"

:P

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Date: 2010-07-23 03:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitt3ns.livejournal.com
Oof man, that sounds friggin' rough. Glad you're on the track to recovery though!

Gotta get you a hover-round for next AC!

I shattered my right ankle when I was 17 so this is a small glimpse in what I have in store for that foot.

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Date: 2010-07-23 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giza.livejournal.com

Glad to help... foreshadow? :-P

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Date: 2010-07-23 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitt3ns.livejournal.com
Something like that. My doctors pretty much straight up told me that that foot is gonna hit arthritis early. I know walking around too much, and uncomfortable shoes will get me limping from it.

I'm interested to hear how the orthotics work for you. I honestly should probably have something for my bad foot.

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Date: 2010-07-23 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giza.livejournal.com

There will no doubt be plenty of posts from me in the future about how the orthotics have been working.

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Date: 2010-07-23 08:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] orionvw.livejournal.com
Wow, and I am four years older than you and carry more weight than you do. My doctor advised me that my flat feet and city delivery caused my foot pain, and said orthotics would be in my future as well. I do have several friends who use them now, and find that they are a night and day difference in the amount of pain they experience. They noticed relief a lot sooner than the doctor had let them to expect.
Well, humm. You know I have a car, Sundays and Mondays off, and a sense of adventure/humor. Where do you want to go? (Last tank was 51 mpg! Usual is around 44)
Depending on finances/life plans (will be posting about that, needing advice..)we may be going to either MFF or Furfright. If you can stand us in a tiny car with a roofrack and don't mind chipping in for fuel/tolls your wit is much appreciated.

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Date: 2010-07-23 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] talon2303.livejournal.com
You're... not helping make me look forward to my 30th birthday this November, cat. -.- I ain't that far behind you.

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Date: 2010-08-02 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mbumby.livejournal.com
Yay for diagnosis & "not neuropathy". Hope the orthotics help lots.

It has been said that getting old is not for sissies, and, er, you were probably in High School when I was your age...

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