So this is day six of wearing the arch support brace that I got last Friday. Since the severe and increasingly crippling pain I was experiencing in my arch-foot-ankle-calf-knee, was that of a fallen arch. You know, you read about people with fallen arches in books, and they are always either men who can't get accepted into the army, or elderly fat ladies with spoiled poodles, who make rich fruitcakes. I do make the worlds's best fruitcake, even though I hate it, personally, so I guess I had better just give up and start spoiling some poodles.
However, the degree of pain that this condition was causing me was really an eye-opener. I mean, I had to limp heavily everywhere I went, sometimes I could not go down stairs without hanging on to the wall, I had difficultly moving in bed at night, since every shift sent severe pain rocketing down my leg -- it was a serious thing. And getting slightly worse every day.
But now, with the brace filling in for the actual arch, the pain is getting slightly better every day. Today I notice that I can walk, still more heavily than I would like, but almost naturally! I sleep much better, and don't have suppressed shrieks filling my inner ear. I can sit comfortably in my chair, no matter which chair it is, since I'm not aware, constantly, of the pain in my foot and leg. It's possible that I am going to be able to live out my life in some degree of normalcy, instead of as an agonized, mean-spirited and very fat lady!
I am going to have to get some new shoes, however. And I can't just wear whatever shows up in my size at the Sally Army. I need to buy some ankle boots. The ones I am wearing are coming apart, since they were second-hand when I got them, and anyway, are a startling orange suede. Not the best for my quiet, mostly dark clothing choices.