1. Medication -- No, I don't take any medication. It was actually years of pain before I even realized that was an option
(no one ever suggested, here, take some Aleve, and it just . . never occurred to me on my own). Now I don't like taking medications in general, so if my foot starts hurting, I break out the old trusty Ace bandage.
2. Limitations -- Yeah, I can't wear high heels, either. My ankle just isn't strong enough to support me walking in them. Shoe shopping in general is a huge pain because I have to buy two pairs and make sure I can find a pair of shoes I like that even available in both sizes that I need. Walking long distances has gotten better as I've gotten older, but I still couldn't have a job that kept me on my feet all day, either. In addition to the all the common, don't push your feet too hard stuff limitations, I have kind of a silly one. You know that style that's back in right now? The 3/4 leggings with the teeny tiny flat shoes that are so small you can see the top part of the toes?
I got so bummed summer clothes shopping yesterday because I'd really love to wear that style, but the shoes are so fitted that I can't find ones that work for both my feet, and my left calf is so tiny that the 3/4 leggings just look weird and even kind of exaggerate the size difference. Oh, well. :(
3. Solutions -- Again, trusty Ace bandage. Or breaking out the crutches for a couple of days to let the bad foot rest. I couldn't stand to ice my ankle (it's really sensitive to cold), but warm packs are sometimes nice.
I had two or three surgeries when I was little, casting, etc. I work as a secretary, and I get to sit down pretty much all day. No magic solutions, sorry. :(
2008-06-03 08:23 pm (UTC)
the Dr I have been seeing will only give me IBprophrin nothing else. I have has at least 5 surgeries that I was little than the last when I was 18 .. the last operation fused my ankle. currently I am trying to find a new DR that knows more about club feet. if I walk for more than an hr my feel will really hurt. the Dr I am currently seeing wanted to put a lift in my shoe so I would no lean to the left ( but my ankle is fused so my foot does not turn) I am afraid he does know know what he is doing. when I was younger I was part of the Shriner's hospital which I loved)
2010-01-08 06:57 am (UTC)
My mom stumbled across the site. I don't have a live journal, so I will just comment anonymously. Anyway I have ABS, Amniotic band syndrome, which affected all fingers on my right hand except my thumb, and all on my left hand. Also a lot of my toes. The bands wrapped around my ankles, almost causing me to lose my right foot from the ankle down, had I not been born two months premature. I have bilateral club feet. My poor mom! The things she went through. I had foot surgeries a little after I was born and up until around 1 or so and also casts. Not sure how long I had them on. Anyway that's just a brief background, oh and I'm 27 now. I've actually not met anyone, that I know of, that has had the same situations as me. I used to think I was the only person this happened to, until I found a website where other people who had ABS and Clubfeet could go.
Now on to the questions;
1) I don't take anything other than tylenol, aleve, ibuprofin or the like. Never thought about taking something stronger.
2) I cannot tiptoe really at all, I definitely can't wear heels, even a 1inch heel is too much, I can't roller blade, ice skate, or skateboard. Have not tried snowboarding or skiing, but I assume they put lots of pressure on your ankles as well. My ankles just aren't strong enough and it hurts so bad I can't do those things. I also cannot stand on my feet for very long as they start to hurt a lot. An awful lot! When I went to Europe and had to walk around all day for like 10 hours, my feet hurt so bad I just wanted to stop where I was and not continue on. I cried almost every night.
3) On an average day, I don't stand often because my job requires me to sit. Thankfully. But on days when I do a lot of walking I elevate my feet, take some ibuprofin and sleep it off. I may be sore the next day, but I am not aware of any other way of making my feet feel better. I tried to be some walking shoes, that cost way too much and that did not help. I refuse to wear some horrible looking orthotic, no offense to anyone who does, but I'd rather be in immense pain and cry. Now if I could find something cute to put on my feet that would make them feel great, that would make me happy.
So those are my answers.
2010-01-08 07:01 am (UTC)
oh and I forgot, my right foot is about three sizes smaller than my left. But I just wear the same shoe size, It generally is ok. I can't wear some shoes, but oh well. My left foot is a size maybe a little smaller than a 7 and my right is a size 4.
2010-06-16 09:28 pm (UTC)
You might want to check out www.adultclubfeet.blogspot.com - it's very current, and informative, to boot!
Hi. I'm 40-something and I am entering a new phase where club foot is starting to interrupt my life due to increased foot pain and back pain and neck pain, and ....
What have I done in the past?
Bicycle--pedals adapt to stiff ankles--I will bicycle 2 blocks rather than walk sometimes. it works for me.
Ignore problem, abuse myself physically on occasion, and spend a few days in pain. Honestly, beer and ibuprofen got me through much of this.
And I learned what I could not do: walk more than 0.5 to 1 mile all at once. Fine if i walk and sit and walk and sit and break it up a bit.
I don't mess with my walking limit as much as I used to.
So, now I'm trying some new things:
Massage to calm my muscles so that my back does not hurt when my feet hurt--else, I get in a negative feedback loop that leads to muscle stress everywhere
I'm trying chiropractic now. I think the doctor is experimenting--I'm fine with that. But, she has been loosening my feet and now they are more apt to get inflamed and sore--back to the advil and beer even though I'm trying not to do this too much so I can pay attention to changes.
Maybe I need to cut back on the abusive things: surfing with fins, windsurfing--ok, I will consider this
More surgery? tempting.
Prosthetics? also tempting on painful days
Stronger drugs? I'd rather not, but?
More beer? I like IPAs. They are strong and make me happy