Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Chronic Pain In the...

... heel.

What did you think I was going to say?

Over the past few weeks, like so many other lucky people, I've developed plantar fasciitis in my right foot.  Upon reflection, I've had symptoms (tightness in my heel/calf) for a few months, but now it's painful as all get-out.

For those of you unfamiliar with the condition, and would like to experience it, here's how you can do it:

Step one: Obtain a 2 x 4 lego brick.

It waits.  For you. (image by jaffar)
Step 2: Duct tape it to your heel.

Step 3: Go about your normal business.

As you can imagine, I'm thrilled at this latest development, and while I am doing all the stuff at home you're supposed to do - special brace at night (restful night's sleep, as you can imagine), stretches, anti-inflammatory medications, and ice - it's unknown how long I will have to deal with this stuff.

Yes please!

It's making my martial arts classes and gym time a real problem, as it just hurts.

But I feel like a jerk, because I'm complaining about something like this, when there's lots of martial artists out there who suffer with much more serious and debilitating illnesses, and they keep at it.

I'm talking about people with rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis or muscular distrophy, or fibromyalgia.  People with chronic pain from injury from vehicle crashes and war injuries.  People with heart and lung conditions. People missing limbs.

So, while I do feel a little sorry for myself right now, I've been looking to these folks as inspiration to not let this stupid plantar fasciitis thing slow me down.

So, do you have to manage around chronic pain or other conditions?  How do you cope with it?  I'd love to know!