There was some confusion over which doctor I was supposed to be seeing, apparently I somehow got scheduled with the total hip & knee replacement guy instead of the ankle/foot guy. So I had to wait an extra hour to actually see the doctor. Wasn’t thrilled. But it got caught before I actually saw the wrong doctor, and the ankle guy was able to fit me in the same day, which is cool.
But once I got in to see him I think it was very informative.
He diagnosed me with what is essentially adult onset flat foot. There’s a big long medical name for it, but that’s basically what it is. Essentially my arches are falling due to damage to the tendons that hold those bones in place, which in turn is screwing with the rest of the foot and ankle structures. It’s more common in women than men (by a factor of 4), and usually occurs after the age of 40 or so, so I’m a bit early, but considering how I’ve abused my feet and ankles over the years that’s not not surprising. The fact that I’m overweight likely doesn’t help either. Apparently most of my symptoms are literally textbook, the baby doctor who was following the specialist on his rounds made the comment that “it’s practically the living example of the test question”. The only symptom that doesn’t match up is the stabbing pains in the ball of my heals, and considering the damage that this can do to the foot/ankle he’s holding off doing any treatment of that till we have the falling arches under control as its entirely possible it’s still all related.
The first step in treatment is orthotics for my shoes, we’ll see if they help. I don’t have a problem with the concept, but considering how often I end up replacing the insoles on my shoes in order to survive my job I’m a bit worried about how they’re going to hold up. We’ll see I guess.