So, apparently you can ask two health professionals the same question and get two completely different answers. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but I’m still frustrated. For quite some time, I’ve been experiencing the effects of having a pinched nerve in my foot. Sometimes it feels like a nerve sensation through my toes. Sometimes it feels like there’s a rock in my shoe. For a long time, I took my slipper off several times a day trying to figure out where the rock was. It aches most of the time, and I can feel the ball of tissue where it’s inflamed when I stand on a hard floor in bare feet. So, I saw a podiatrist and a chiropractor.
On my orthotics:
Podiatrist says: They’re fine. Wear them all the time.
Chiropractor says: They increase the force on my joints 5-7 times. They also only support the main arch allowing the other two to remain collapsed. When they are in my shoes, they are like walking on a board that flexes only in one place. She can make me new ones if I’m interested.
On treating it:
Podiatrist says: Cortisone shot or surgery. He also says since I’m 31 he won’t tell me not to exercise so go about my exercise routine like I normally would.
Chiropractor says: There are a few stretches that can be done. Use biofreeze before and after anything that might inflame the area. She says avoid things that are high impact and be careful with everything else.
On whether it can be resolved without an invasive treatment:
Podiatrist says: Probably not.
Chiropractor says: It’s possible. The body sometimes does what it does, and while it’s not likely sometimes it does happen.
So, I’m chewing that on this week. Also, I realized that in order to get to the gym 12 times this month, starting last Monday, I realized I needed to go to the gym seven out of the last eight days of February. So, since Monday, I’ve been to the gym and done 45-60 minutes of cardio every day except Saturday. I’ve gotten my water and fruit and vegetable intake most days. I figured last week would be a great week. Right? Apparently not great. Meh. I’m hoping my body and mind sync up soon.
Jonas is almost five months old now (in just over a week). When the other boys were this age, I was already below my pre-pregnancy weight. I had friends who struggled to lose the weight. I encouraged them to get their lifestyles ready for when the weight was ready to come off. I supported them. I reminded them their babies were still young. I meant all the things I was saying, but it’s a lot harder to be on the other side of that coin.
Over the past week, I have done somewhere around 300 minutes of cardio. I’ve also had plenty of water and made pretty decent food choices.
Previous loss: 8.2 lbs
This week’s loss: .6 lb gain (Boo-urns!!!)
Total loss: 7.6 lbs
Staying focused on water intake, eating fruit and vegetables, and getting exercise.