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Clubfoot Discussion Community
I just found this community this morning. I just started working a part time job and it's killing my feet!! I have to be on my feet for 6-8 hours a day for about 5 days a week. When I get home I just collapse. Yesterday I worked my first 8 hour day and I almost had to crawl out of bed this morning to get ready for work again. Does anyone know of anything that can help with the pain? So, if anyone has any tips that would be fantastic.|
Hi, there! I'm sorry our comm is so quiet; I guess there aren't that many of us out there (or at least not ones with LJ accounts!).
I've had the same issues as far as being limited in what I can do at work. I'm in medical admin for the time being (hoping - someday - to get my RPN), and I'm lucky that I get to sit down fairly often. I had a part-time job not long ago at a video store, and even 4-5 hours on my feet ended up leaving me completely immobile. I even had to finally buy a cane (at 29 that is very distressing). Thankfully the damage wasn't permanent, and when I quit I was able to put the cane aside again (except for those really bad days, which usually happen the day after I've been to an amusement park or a wedding etc. where I've walked/stood a lot).
And yeah, I've had to do my fair share of crawling, too. Gah.
Do you take any medications to manage the pain? Do you use orthotics? Physiotherapy?
I don't take any medications or do anything to help my feet. I'm really lost about what I should be doing or taking. My family was extremely poor when I was born and the doctors really didn't tell my mom much about my feet or what I would be in for. All I know for certain is that I had surgeries on my feet and that I was in casts for a while. Other than that, I'm clueless. Any kind of help with managing the pain would be extremely help full.
God, that makes it so much harder for you - not even knowing what they DID to your feet.
As I said, I'm only a nursing student, not a licensed RN/RPN or a doctor, so I can't tell you what you should or shouldn't take, but I would be happy to share my own experiences with you, so you might at least have some points of reference when you next see a doctor. Ask anything; I'm an open book! And feel free to friend my LJ. I don't talk about it a lot, but it obviously comes up here and there, because (as you well know) having bad ankles can change what we can and cannot do drastically from day to day.
*hug* Do you have a GP? Insurance?
2008-05-30 11:18 pm (UTC)
I too was born with bilateral club feet. I have had 8 surgeries and multiple "special shoes" and splints, also castings.
I am in pain every day. I am 43 now, and wondering if there is something out there that I have not heard about that could help. I am searching for clinics or experimental things that may help the pain. I work in an imaging center and our Radiologists have told me after seeing an mri of my feet that he does not know how I walk at all, but we just mangage somehow because we have to don't we?
I can't believe you don't take anything for pain. I take Mobic 15mg and Ultram. Mobic once a day, Ultram, 2 tabs every 4-6 hours as needed. And I take tylenol on top of that if I am really bad.
I have crawled to the bathroom many times. Please, go see a dr and see what he can give you. Or, get aleve over the counter and try that, it may be enough for you right now. It sounds like you are able to stand quite a while considering. I am very limited on walking, if I overdo, I can't walk without severe pain for several days to follow.
Let me know if I can help you, sometimes just knowing your not alone helps. I never knew this was out there.
i just recently turned 30 and i know how you feel, i was born with both left and right clubbed feet. i had atleast 8 surgeries from the time i was a newborn up until i was 6 months old. i to have a hard time being on my feet for to long, if and when i can work its so hard to get out of bed the next day from the pain that as soon as my feet hit the floor i fall back onto the bed. the only thing i can realy suggest is keeping your shoes next to your bed so as soon as you wake up put them on it makes it a little easier to walk, or as i call it hobble. if you have swelling like i do try soaking them in epsom salt it helps alot.