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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bag It, Brace It

In our attempt to take better photos with zoom lenses, Tom gave me a uni -pod, a one footed tripod, for Christmas. We already had a tripod which we used to use with our old film style SLR camera. Now that we are into going on nature walks with photography in mind, I wanted an easy way to carry the tripods. So yesterday I designed and created a nylon bag for that purpose. It hangs comfortably over a shoulder. Just grab our camera cases, and away we go. After the new year I got serious about finding some relief from the persistent plantar fasciitis pain in my right foot. I contacted my primary care doc, and had an appointment with my referred podiatrist. Since then I have been taping my foot, with Tom's help. I continue the stretching and icing, and of course, I wear the arch supports and supportive shoes all of the time, as I have for years. The other new addition to the treatment is this night splint. I have worn it for three weeks now, to the point where I don't really even feel it any more. The question is, is it helping? I don't know, but I don't think so. Nothing seems to be helping. Last Saturday I went to a big antique show and was on my feet for about three and a half hours. The first hour was fine. After that I hurt. My doctor told me to report back in about three weeks. It might be time for a second opinion. I guess it's about time to do that. I'll give it until next Monday, and in the mean time I will avoid prolonged walking. But that's no fun.

13 comments:

  1. That foot is becoming more than pesky.I wish I knew what to tell you to do but I don't. I hate to see you have to cut back on your nature walks particularly since both of you enjoy them so much.

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  2. I have suffered from this problem over the years. All of the 'foot' contraptions did not help. I think my problem comes from the sciatica. From what I have read this can be the cause. I find that if I stretch my ham strings and get massage, and chiropractic adjustments for the back, I don't have the problems with the plantar fasciitis. Pilates also helps. Stretch out that foot using the stairs. Stand on the edge of the stair and drop the heel, then come up again. Also, I roll the foot over a frozen water bottle. These things have worked for me. I try to stay on top of the problem before I get so I can't walk at all which has happened before.

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  3. 3-1/2 hrs is a long time to be on your feet. I know I couldn't do it, mainly because of my weight. When I stand or walk for more than an hour, not only do my feet hurt, but my thighs and calves also.

    Everything in moderation, Linda.

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  4. I'm so sorry about your feet, Linda. My problem is in my knees. I know how frustrating it is. I agree that 3.5 hours is quite a lot.

    The tripod and bag is perfect. I always wish I had one when the light is bad.

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  5. I hope you can find a more permanent way to get foot relief Linda. That tripod carry bag is a great idea. I look forward to seeing your photos using the tripod now - Dave

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  6. Our feet sure give us trouble sometimes, but they do withstand a lot. The exercises RET mentioned are like several I did after a broken ankle healed.

    Nice tripod carrier, it looks similar to a pup tent bag.

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  7. That's a pretty big tripod to be lugging around, but I'm sure it will be put to good use, now that you've designed that carrier. I hope you can find relief from that foot problem, Linda. It's really beginning to interfere with your life, so another doctor's view is certainly in order.

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  8. love the tripod...you have to heal your heel first-stay off it for a few months, then slowly reintroduce activity in moderation...mine hasn't bothered me for years but I never go barefoot or I can feel it again...

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  9. I think that bag is a wonderful idea!

    I hope you get some relief from the PF. It took about a year for mine to get better -- and it did -- with the shots, PT, and the orthotics.

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  10. How great to be able to design something so quickly that is so useful! Your pictures are always so great. Hope your foot is feeling better soon. Ice is best, but I hate putting ice on anything. I like warmth, which is bad for any strain.

    I think the idea of massage and back adjustments has merit.

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  11. you have my empathy when it comes to foot trouble
    get another opinion
    I wish I had questioned the handling of my torn up ankle before the treatment ended up causing bigger problems

    I love your tripod "purse"
    that's perfect

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  12. It's very discouraging when our bodies are so uncooperative. I do hope you find some help with the pain.
    I lugged a very heavy tripod around in Yosemite and it aggravated an already painful shoulder. I think the shoulder dislikes the amount of time I spend on the computer, it wants me to do more gardening and housework.

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  13. Linda, what helps me most is walking hills. I have always like that, it is so much better than plodding. I feel much better going up hill, and down is ok too. I need to get with my program! Hope you;re feeling better, days are longer! Still light at 5:30 today.. Wow!

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