It’s not that I have a dislike for Doctors. Even if I have to get a shot (big phobia), I don’t hold it against the Dr. or think ill of them, but I just don’t like inconveniencing myself by having to call, make the appointment, wait until the specified day, rearrange my day in order to fit the appointment in, etc. In my opinion, it’s just a big pain in my BUTT (worse than the shot)!!
So, here I am! For the past 6 months I’ve been having pain in the bottoms of my feet. The mornings are the worse, but after a few hours the pain wears down to a manageable level. It’s still uncomfortable, but nothing I can’t ignore
On goes the computer and I Google the following: “the bottoms of my feet hurt”
Up pops 2, 580,000 hits. I click the very first one and find that I have all the symptoms of…
Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-i-tis)
Most commonly caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia — the tissue along the bottom of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes.
Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing or burning pain that's usually worse in the morning because the fascia tightens (contracts) overnight. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position.
Dr. Google to the rescue!! This has got to be what I have! I tried some of the foot stretching exercises they talk about, and lo and behold, it worked to a certain degree. I need to make the stretches part of my regular routine.
They also have foot splints I can wear at night that are suppose to help. I think I’ll try the stretches first and see how well that goes. :)
Large bottle of Advil - $3.99
Foot Splints - $30
Dr. Google co-pay - $0
Not going to the Dr. - priceless