Thing is, since I lost some weight I’ve been feeling pretty good that the weight loss will resolve some of my issues with plantar fasciitis.
Plantar who-ze-what-where? I hear you cry. Well, it is a very painful condition of the foot. It is worse in the morning for some reason. When I get out of bed in the morning I am almost crippled by the pain of it. The plantar fascia, if you didn’t know, is a plane of tissue running over the heel. I’m sure it does something very useful there. I managed it for a couple of years by using inserts in my shoes which alter the posture of my foot and presumably reduce some of the tension in my heel that is causing damage to my plantar fascia.
The pain is localised in the area I am pointing to…
But for foot pain, as with so many things, as one door closes, another one opens and a different sort of foot pain comes gambolling in, like an annoyingly enthusiastic puppy that doesn’t want to leave you alone and thus is constantly in the region of your feet.
(Just as Churchill had his black dog of despair, I am plagued by the annoying yappy Yorkshire terrier of anxiety and the Andrex puppy of foot pain)
Now, it is really the tip of my toe which is most painful which leads me to believe that either it used to have a lot of fat padding it or that there is another explanation.
As the toes are not a traditional area for fat storage I have reluctantly been forced to believe that there is another explanation.
A couple of years ago I bought a new pair of trainers and went to a specialist footwear shop to make sure I got a pair that would be suitable for a fatso like me who wanted to take up jogging. They put me on a treadmill and filmed my feet as I jogged. This allowed them to determine that I ran in a wonky way and that I would be best suited to trainers that did something funky to support my feet.
Am I getting too technical?
I wasn’t paying too much attention to whether I was pronating or supinating or something.
It seemed to me that maybe with my weight loss I was now bearing the weight on my feet differently. So I filmed myself jogging on the spot. And this is what I found.
But I’m going to take a chance. I’m going to remove my shoe inserts and see if my toe pain resolves itself. And if my plantar fasciitis comes back, well, the fasciitis was much worse than the current pain. I may have to make a difficult decision…