Wednesday, August 11, 2010
When Pain Follows Pleasure
I had a great time with my kids and grand kids while they were here. We played games, went places, saw things, spent time together. I have had to restrict my activities with them more than ever before. It pains me that I can no longer chase them or lift them or play soccer with them. Isaac asks, "Why can't you run, Grandma?" A seven year old doesn't understand aging or arthritis. One pleasure I did not completely fore go was walking barefoot on the beach. How can you play in the creek or wade in the surf or dabble in tide pools with shoes on? And these are not firm and even surfaces. So now I am paying. I have all kinds of foot problems, so many I will not bother to go into them, but one I always battle and try to keep at bay is plantar fasciitis. To keep it under control I never go barefoot and always wear supportive shoes with arch supports. So of course, as a result of playing on the beach, I now have severe heel pain in my right foot. I got out my Group Health Healthwise Handbook to see what homecare I should be employing now that the kids are gone. I should reduce all weight-bearing activities to a pain-free level. That means not walking on it. Hmmm. Not possible when I'm cleaning house, repairing the garden and shopping for groceries. I can apply an ice pack to my heel when I'm sitting. I'm doing that and it feels good. I have ordered a new set of arch supports, since my current ones are several years old. I suppose it's time to break in a new pair of walking shoes, since the book recommends replacing athletic shoes every few months because the padding wears out. I do have a new pair in the closet. I am already taking naproxen every day. I guess I should get back to my stretching exercises, especially stretching calf muscles. The book recommends that you do not return to "high-impact activity" until you have been pain free for one week. Am I ever "pain free"? I would assume that means aerobic walking. Of course the best thing is to carry less weight around. Now that all of the company is gone, I was really going to work on that, and start building up those daily steps again along with watching my food intake. Now I can't do the walking. And I still have ice cream in the house. And the weather is turning hot again. What a pain.