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Two Writing Teachers
Teachers and feet problems are not a good combination.
Several years ago I experienced my first bout with plantar fasciitis. Now some of you may being thinking, what in the world is plantar fasciitis. I know I did when I was first diagnosed. Heck, I couldn't even pronounce the darn thing! Since then, I have had several flare-ups, and I have met and talked with many people who have also had the foot problem.
There is a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel to your toes. Inflammation of this tissue causes extreme heel pain, especially when you first get up in the morning. The pain may return if there is prolonged standing. This condition is also common in runners, overweight people, and those who wear shoes with poor support...well I have two out of three of those...and no, I am not a runner!
Here lies the problem. I, like most teachers, am on my feet all. day. long.
I have basically been in pain since the beginning of the school year. I love to wear capris and sandals up until the first frost. This only aggravates the problem. I have not taken care of my feet, and now I am paying for it. (Those cute shoes aren't so cute right now.)
I know that in order to completely heal, I need to follow the doctor's orders. I have a pair of orthotics which actually support that tissue so your foot doesn't have to. I have been wearing those in my tennis shoes for support, and have been trying to stay off of my feet during the evenings...which is not easy for me to do.
Tonight, I am sitting here reading slices with my brace as my companion. This brace flexes my foot and stretches that tissue. After we finish this little rendezvous, I will be dunking my foot in a pan of ice water to try and decrease the inflammation. Then it is another does of ibuprofen and off to bed!
So, there is your medical lesson for the day! If you have ever had plantar fasciitis and have some advice, please let me know - cute shoe season is just right around the corner! I never learn!