I’ve been having a significant amount of pain in my feet for several months. I chalked it up to it being the cumulative effect of working long hours on my feet on either cement floors or metal grating plus my ever increasing weight.
Despite the money I’ve spent for higher quality boots, premium insoles, padded socks, et cetera, the problem has continued to worsen. My symptoms match those that Ex Roomie had years ago when she was diagnosed with plantar fascitis. Most of the pain is in my heels, and the first few steps make me want to scream and cry at the same time.
Hell, getting shot hurt way less. Eventually, it tapers off to the point where I can walk with only moderate discomfort. Until I stop moving for a few minutes, then it’s lather, rinse, repeat.
Recently, I started taking the prescription NSAID Voltaren. I finally understand the meaning of the expression take the edge off. In the past, pain meds either took away all the pain, or didn’t touch it at all. This time, the Voltaren definitely turns the pain level way down, to the point that I can walk instead of hobble. But it doesn’t make it all go away.
This probably isn’t news to anyone but me, but I found it quite the enlightening discovery. Sad, huh?