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A Visit to the Podiatrist

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This isn't really a question at all, but a report. I thought my feet were actually in pretty good shape for a man of 50 who spends 10 hours a day on his feet, working. However, I had enough niggling little concerns that I decided to pay a visit to the good foot doctor. 

As it turns out, I guess I'm falling apart, sort of. The biggest problem I have is that apparently, I have a bone spur on the side of my left heel that bothers me a bit at work mostly. I think I know how I developed it, but I'll never know for sure. It was about 12 years ago, I was going through a divorce, and I had just about run out of money, so I was forced to go on the road to find work (times were not that great in the construction industry at home). I don't remember much about the job, other than that I had to walk miles and miles every day in ill-fitting boots because I couldn't afford new ones. It was there I developed this weird injury on my heel. It bothered me a little bit for a while, and then it didn't for a number of years. Well now it's bothering me again, and evidently it's a bone spur. I'm just dealing with it for now, because any cure sounds worse than the problem. I just put a little moleskin pad over it that has a hole in the center of it to take the pressure off it. If I were allowed to wear mules or clogs at work, it wouldn't bother me at all!

In addition, I am developing a corn on my right little toe. This is the one time that I might have to place some blame on my high heeled footwear. I even know which shoes are likely the guilty parties. I haven't gotten rid of anything yet, but I'll have to consider it. So I'm also taping both little toes at work to prevent my boots from rubbing, and also to try and bring them back straight. They tend to fold under, and are developing a hard crease on their undersides. 

Also, I have fungal infections in both little toenails. I'm going to beat that, though. I have a plan. I'll let you know by Christmas whether it worked. It's already 100% better after a couple months of massaging almond oil into the nails for 15 seconds twice a day. The podiatrist suggested I switch to Vicks Vaporub, which has been proven in studies to knock down the fungus, and in some cases, cure it completely. Also, tea tree oil seems to have the same effect. I'm now using both! Stay tuned. I don't have room in my life for ugly toenails!

To round out the visit, my right big toenail has changed shape slightly, so that it wants to become ingrown easily. If I keep on top of it, it's not a problem. The doctor said welcome to getting old! Again, nothing to be done. I have taken up yoga so that, among other things, I can continue to be flexible enough to take care of my own feet. Only now, I have to make sure I have my glasses with me in the bathroom, as I can no longer see what I'm doing without them. 

Growing old is not all bad, but it does have its challenges!

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I understand the stretching etc so that you can take care of your own.

Hope it improves. I had 1 big toe nail fixed (nail bed resection) about 30 years ago, has never ingrown again, well the other one never gave me much trouble but now with heels and back playing lots of soccer and running it tends to get ingrown easily. Im thinking about getting it fixed. Its a simple procedure yet hurts like a bugger for 2-3 days, then 4 weeks of been sensitive

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mlroseplant,

Have you had your blood sugar checked recently? Toenail fungus is sometimes the first sign of type 2 diabetes.

You might try drinking some tomato juice to help with your bone spurs. My dad had bone spurs in his heels and claim that tomato juice helped. I form bones spurs as a result of injuries and have had several removed, very painful, specially if they shave the bone. Foot surgery can be very painful, because you use your feet all the time, they never get rest.

I have had one big toe ingrown nail fixed 20 years and was thinking about getting the other one done in the next few years. On my pain scale its a 4, but as

23 hours ago, Sydheel said:

hurts like a bugger

at first. I had my two smaller toes worked on two years ago and had two 8 inch pins in for about 10 days. It was a 8 on my pain scale with the pin removal much higher. Oh did I scream, doctor never hear that high of a note. (BTW my 1 to 10 pain scale top is 38.)

 

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Many years ago, an old dude friend of mine - in his 80’s - told me, “getting old ain’t for sissies.”  I thought it funny then, but as I get closer to that mark I realize how truthful his comment was!!

Stay young......  sf

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