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My foot hasn’t been getting better, so last week I had my boss look at it again.  He took a few more x-rays to compare the old to the new.  By the way, x-rays are pretty harmful, the radiation is not good for our bodies.  I take daily iodine to help protect my thyroid from radiation and have since the Japan earthquake. I buy my iodine (which is high potency) from Swanson’s Vitamins but you can also get iodine from sea vegetables (kelp, dulce, wakame).  Ok, ok back to my foot… so the xrays looked normal but that didn’t explain my pain so he took me into a room and did an actual evaluation.  He determined that my “stress fracture” in fact was not a stress fracture at all but a neuroma.  A neuroma is actually a benign growth of nerves (in my case) or a tumor.  Mine is called a Morton’s Neuroma, they are fairly common and basically are in between the toe bones on my left foot.  Last Thursday my boss suggested a cortisone injection, I’m such a natural medicine girl it was a bit hard to say yes, but my foot was killing me so I consented.  I’d make the worst junkie in the world, I HATE needles.  A needle in the foot is not fun, he even used the “baby” needle, but that didn’t help.  After the anesthetic wore off, it was so painful to walk, in fact I laid pretty low this weekend too.  At a point I got to wondering why I let him do that.  He also suggested getting some metatarsal pads (these helped a lot!), Dr Scholls type, they help to evenly disburse your weight so the pressure isn’t on the ball of your feet.  I’m a research type of girl so I generally research things before I buy them, I found that Dr Scholl’s has a machine you can go stand on and it will measure your feet and pressure points and arches and then you can buy “custom” insoles without paying “custom” prices.  Normal custom orthotics are $200-$300 these cost $50.  I don’t know about you but $50 is an investment for me.  So I had to research to find out if these things were legit or not.  The only one close to us was at Walmart.  I detest Walmart.  That is for another post, but I don’t go there willingly.  I did have to go this weekend though because I wanted to check out these orthotics.

So you take off your shoes and stand on the foot pads.  The machine asks you to do certain things like grab the bars in front of you, stand on one foot, do the hokey pokey…no wait… that last one I made up. LOL  Then it tells you which custom fit orthotic you should get.  Mine was CF420, Hubby was CF440.  Luckily, they were out of mine.  I do hate supporting Walmart.  However they did have the metatarsal pads and I opted to get some of them to get me through until payday.  Luckily still, they sell these at Fred Meyer too (Krogers to everyone else) and there is one by my work.  Yesterday I ran down there at lunch and they had both my size and Hubby’s sizes.  Also I would like to add, as of right now they have $10 off rebate on the website so they only end up being $40.  Feet are important and I think spending $40 on your feet to make them not hurt is fine in my book.  Plus if they were horrible I’d just take them back.  I got back to work and took them out of the pack and slipped them into my work Mary Jane’s.  Honestly these things are amazing!  My only “beef” with them is that they are bit bulky, so my feet slipped out of my shoes when I walk (like a flip flop).  Once I put them in my sneakers they were the most amazing things!  They replaced my metatarsal pads, they are solid (not like the gel inserts), and they give amazing arch support and heel cushion.  Hubby also loves his, these are NOT going back to the store.  I’m actually going to send my rebates back in the next couple days.

I’ve been fairly inactive since this whole foot thing started.  I have been doing squats and push ups but not anything great.  Last night though, I asked Hubby to go for a walk with me.  It was a cold evening but we weren’t having any rain and I wanted to see what these inserts would do for me.  Since we moved in to our house in November, it’s been cold and we haven’t wanted to get out much, it was our first time exploring our new neighborhood.  We live in a city but it’s a country city, and we are on the outskirts of that city, I think a mile or two up the road and it’s considered “out of the city limits.”  Our neighbor told me about a large field where we could take the dogs to run, she gave me “directions” and I suggested we go up that way to see if we could find it.  She said you went over “the bridge” and then into the field, which belongs to someone but they don’t mind people using it.  I often see our neighbor walk their dog down that direction.  So off we went, Hubby actually spotted the bridge I probably would have missed it.  I was thinking we’d walk on the road, cross over a bridge and then the field would be next to it.  The bridge was off into a wooded area.  There is a creek that twists and turns all around the area, and there was a wood “covered” foot bridge, the roof however was missing on the bridge.  Down a dirt path, well a mud path, and it opens to a HUGE field.  Acres and acres of land!  The sun was starting to set, it was chilly and beautiful.  We walked around the field a bit before it got dark and then headed home.  It was like finding a treasure in our back yard, of course it wasn’t directly in our back yard but a short walk and we were complete out of the “city” and into God’s beautiful country.  This former “city girl” would never give up her new country life.  All the beauty that I missed all these years!  It was a wonderful blessing last night, and when we got home my feet didn’t hurt one bit!

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