Four days after my first physio session, I attended my second with an entirely different problem. Although my back and neck are still stiff and need more work, I was experiencing excruciating pain in my feet. After a three-hour walk the previous day, I had started to experience shooting pain in the balls of both feet. I’ve had a milder version of this problem in my right foot before, but this time it was far worse in my left foot, to the point that I could only walk by putting on my weight on the side of my foot. The pain was accompanied by the sinking feeling that I’m falling apart, and the concern that if I can’t even go for a walk without injuring myself, will I ever realistically get back to running regularly?
Thankfully John was able to reassure me. He thought he had a good idea of what was happening, and was quickly able to demonstrate by showing me the angle that my feet meet the ground. Due to restrictions in several parts of my spine, most of my weight falls on the outer edges of my feet, so walking for prolonged periods is bound to cause pain. Finding out that it’s a solvable problem made me feel so much better mentally, and by treating the problem areas of my spine again, he was able to completely eliminate the pain in my right foot, and dramatically reduce the pain in my left.
I do still feel like I have such a long way to go before my spine is “normal”, but the treatment is a fantastic temporary fix, and I am REALLY going to try and do the exercises that he’s set me, in the hope that my spine is a little more mobile the next time I see him.
I’m also going to attempt to address my “sitting” habits. I spend far too much time sitting on a sofa, working on a laptop on a coffee table, which is a complete no-no for my spine. John gave me suggestions of other ways to work at home in the absence of an ergonomic workstation, so I’m going to give them a go, and see how I get on.