Monday, July 26, 2010

Well criminey! No wonder!

You know - my Mother taught me 
it isn't polite to laugh at people. 
So I'm expecting you to abide 
by the rules I grew up with. :)
(These lovely photos were taken 
in the mirror so they appear backwards.)
Here is my new attire! 
Wait it gets better!
Can't you just see me 
next week at the beach?
Look what I can do when I 
go out into public. 
I can "change outfits".
Much better don't you think?
At least they match!
Problem is - I need orthodics...
hence the cute slippers! :)
Or tacky tennies when I'm outside.
WHOO HOOO!!!!!!!
These adorable little black things 
(hello? can't anyone make WHITE ONES?)
are supposed to keep my tendons 
all nice and tight and 
held together and in place
so that hopefully
they will heal and the 
inflammation will go away.
But first - we have to solve the "reason"
for the inflammation.

Sorry - but I just have to laugh. 
My feet just hurt so flippin bad - 
if I don't laugh, I'll cry.
Which is precisely what I did 
in the Dr office this morning 
when he took ahold 
of my right foot to move it.
(albeit as gently as he could, 
not knowing my pain level.)

Yup - I cried.

AFTER I kicked him.

Didn't mean to - it was pure gut instinct.
How embarrassing :(

He told me this is going to be part of
 my dressing table ensemble.
Me! I never take a pill. Never.
My pain tolerance is incredible.
I had an emergency appendectomy
and never even took a pill for
the pain. Not even in the hospital.
And went back to work 2 days later.
Granted, moving rather slowly.

You see, part of my problem,
the horrible burning sensation 
that shoots up the back of 
my leg is tendonitus (sp).
Take a gander at this Xray.
This my right heel.
The white on the right and on the 
bottom is the inflammation. 
It isn't supposed to be there.
See the "talon" growing out of 
the bottom of my heel?
That is a heel spur. 
Hurts like the devil - I mean 
I just cannot tell you -
when you put weight on it - :(
It is tearing into my tendons...
causing them to bleed; 
the blood flows with gravity 
and then calcifies and 
creates the "spur"
which is causing the inflammation.
(which came first 
the chicken or the egg?)
This is my left foot.
Same thing here. 

But I have to admit - this "situation" for me - well it's "just a little inconvenient". That's all it is. Yeah it hurts. A LOT! But so what! It isn't life threatening. And for that I'm grateful. There are so many of my friends who are dealing with truly "bad" situations. So I'll take "a little inconvenience" if that's what I am meant to deal with.

Now I just get to wait until the insurance company approves a Podiatrist and then make an appt. and go see him.

Wonder what he's going to do about those little suckers . . . any ideas? 

Love to all from your new trendy footwear friend! Think I'll start any new styles? 

Sigh. Did I mention my feet hurt? . . . 



Lisa said...

So very sorry! That really stinks!! I hope you are up and running again soon!
Hugs, Lisa

Shelia said...

Oh, Karen! Bless your tiny heart! I'm so sorry about your little heels. It does sound so painful. Hope you will heal swiftly!!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Theresa said...

Hey there friend, at least you have cute painted toenails:) Just wear what you have to wear to make them feel better! I hope as the days go by they won't hurt so bad. When I had my foot surgery, I had to wear what looked like boxcars on my feet!

Prop your feet up and relax a bit! Love you bunches!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Karen I feel for you girl...ouch!! it's like having your right hand broke...and girl I live off of pain pills ha ha!!well I don't live off of them but I do take them for my back and tail bone I don't have any more ha ha!! Hope you get to feeling better...Many hugs to you my friend...Gl♥ria

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Shoot! I say prop those babies up and have someone wait on you ... hand and foot -- or make that feet!
Hope you'll be on the mend and dancing soon.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oooh, I had tendinitis my shoulder when my son was about 2
I couldn't stand the pain....they put me on Naprosin...I can't tell what your meds are....take them!!! Oh, you will be stylin and your socks and me and my funky toe nails...we will be lookin fine!!!

Dawn said...

I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy!
I have been battling mine for over two years now, two surgeries later.
I wish you comfort soon. Just think you have to look forward to orthotics next...always looks nice when I wear a dress and need to have comfortable shoes..Yuck!

Shelley said...

Karen - you poor thing!! I think you need to get some big fluffy slippers!
By the way, many years ago I worked as a medical asst for a podiatrist. Not sure if they still do the same thing, but for heel spurs (depending on the severity) they will either do surgery and in essence "shave" the spur off or just give you cortisone shots in your heel. One thing I have to warn you is the foot is one of the most painful places to get a shot (I witnessed many a person doing this at the podiatrist) - but weigh your options carefully. Foot surgery will lay you up for a while. Let me know what the podiatrist says. (And if you do have the surgery done, have it done at a hospital - not at the dr's office!)

shannon i olson said...

ooooch! so sorry, hope you mend quickly, I cried in a Dr's office once too. (herniated disk)
well at least your sexy! What the heck...strut like you mean it.

Lovey said...

Oh my Karen, Love how you posted this!! So upbeat even though your feet hurt. Nice music too! I'm hoping you are well soon and that the swelling goes away quickly. Loving the new foot attire and the painted toes! Smiles sweetie!! Lovey

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Karen:
There are lots of crappy maladies in this world, but I have to say that when your feet hurt, it works its way through your whole body! Hope you get some relief soon.

Terri Gordon said...

Oh Karen, I am so sorry, it must be awful. I have had heel spurs, they really hurt. Please rest those beautiful feet and take it easy. You are in my thoughts. Hugs, Terri

Dawn said...

I feel your pain. I've got a heel spur too, but only one foot. Once you get the inflamation under control it feels a lot better, but it takes a while and will come back if you don't wear the right shoes. But don't worry! If anyone can pull off Diva in Orthotics its you! Just glue on some bling and you're good to go!

she dreams big! said...

I feel for ya girl! No really! I feel for ya cuz I have the same thing! So far cortizone shots have helped cuz I'm NOT doing the surgery thing! When your feet hurt, everything hurts! Take care! Soon it will be cold and your socks will cover those gorgeous braces!

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Karen, get some bling and decorate your "socks" with some rhinestones, ruffles, ohh la la, you'll start a new trend!!!! Love your pedi, girl!!

I feel your pain. I have a spur on my left heel. I CANNOT imagine having pain in BOTH!!!


Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Karen, get some bling and decorate your "socks" with some rhinestones, ruffles, ohh la la, you'll start a new trend!!!! Love your pedi, girl!!

I feel your pain. I have a spur on my left heel. I CANNOT imagine having pain in BOTH!!!


Elyse said...

eek, karen! those photos show how painful it must be. keep us posted on your progress!!! thinking of you and wishing you and your feet a comfy night.


Debby said...

I have had alot of foot injuries and the pain is unbearable. You have to be on your feet and that makes it hurt so much. I don't need to tell you, do I. Rest as much as you can. Do they have you icing the tendons. Good luck. I will say a prayer for you.

Connie said...

Well, at least you have really sexy legs, chick! Truly you do.

Olive Cooper said...

Bone pain is terrrible and very difficult to treat. I speak as a RN and a patient. You are going in the right direction. Oral medicine might help a bit. I seriously could not move without it. Your inflammation needs some anti-inflammatory action meds. I think the surgeon will want to take off your spurs cause they look large and in charge. Karen take care. hugs♥olive

Nina Diane said...

oh man! that sucks....but your toes sure look cute!! hope you are better soon

Cassandra said...

Ah man! That sucks! What a positive attitude you have considering. I can't say I would be so easy breezy. :) I hope it all heals up as quickly as possible for you. Hugs

Charlene said...

Oh HONEY I FEEL YOUR PAIN!!!!!!! Been there done that have that T-Shirt. Well not the T-Shirt but, the support bands. Hope it's better soon. HUGS!

Parsley said...

This just really pun intended. Look into homeopathic remedies to go along with your normal medical treatment. Hope you feel better soon!

stefanie said...

ok, have pretty skinny legs, so it doesnt look bad at ALL..second...yuk, they do look just like spurs or more like a rose thorn..poor thing, I hope they can just take them off and you will be better!!!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Karen,
I tried not to laugh at the first pics, I really did. No seriously, you poor thing! But I have to say you do have cute feet, even when their so sore. And I've heard heal spurs are so painful. I sure hope the foot doctor can help. I spent many an hours with Katie at the foot Dr. when she skated. He always used to say, "thank goodness for Dancers and Skaters, they keep me in business".
And thanks for the sweet note! I sooo wish I had a little plane of my own and could go with you all. I can't wait to hear all about it, I know you are going to have a blast! BooHoo! Ok, I won't pout.
And Katie, she's getting huge! Honestly, it's kind of weird since she has always been so petite.
You hang in there girlfriend!
Big Hugs,

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I really feel for you. I've had foot issues and while I agree, it isn't the end of the world compared to what some others must does hurt! I hope you get some relief soon.

Rebecca said...

Well...even though you are HURTING you had me SMILING at HELLO! :)

Sorry your feeties are bummed out my friend. Been there. Had major surgery on my right foot when I was only 25 and that was truly CRUMMY!

I wish I could come with all the gals to Cali for all the fun. I'm sitting here in flipping out Oklahoma pouting and complaining. I WANNA GO! Bah! Bah! Bah!

Love to you my ailing friend~

Big but gentle hugs. I promise not to step on those toes of yours...ahem...HEELS!


Beverooni said...

I had similar spurs on my heels. The doctor injected them with cortisone and it dissolved them. My daughter recently had the same thing. For both of us it took two injections. I hope you find some relief soon. I know exactly how painful that is.

debi said...

Oh, Karen, I'm so sorry you're having such pain. I hope the podiatrist can help you.

In the meantime, I agree with Marsha....glam those babies up, and strut those pretty feet of yours around!

mya said...

You're right you have pretty feet -does that help at all?
After reading some of the comments, it seems that you are in good company - I don't guess that helps either.
But, I will be thinking about you, and all these other poor souls (ha, I could not help it).

Mimi said...

i would NEVER EVER laugh, I was taught not to laugh either!!
I understand YOUR pain, no tendenitis in the feet just in the elbow and the wrists!!!OH but walking is a MUST!!OH I feel so bad for you, I will Pray for ahealing and for the pain to go away.
REST and rest some more!!
Take the ibuprofen it is not that bad, I have lived on it for years!!
better then being on a PAIN MED that the Dr. prescribes, I would not start that either, I only take them when I really needed them after 3 c-sections and 2 broken ankles!!

Andi's English Attic said...

I agree with a comment above - make the most of what's showing. Beautifully painted toenails, perhaps a toe ring? Perhaps not.
Oh, poor you. You NEED your feet. Hope all is well soon. xx

tina said...

so very sorry! i hope that you soon will be better. kiss,tina

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

Oh Karen, so very sorry for your pain and woes, but laughter is the best medicine, good for you!
enJOY a light-hearted day,

A Hint of Home said...

So sorry you have to deal with all that pain. I hope you heal quickly and enjoy your trip next week.

The Paint Splash said...

Ouch! That looks very painful. Hmm maybe we need a that hurt day to blog!!! lol I know I would have several "great" pictures to post. Hope you feel better soon. Debbie

June said...

Well Karen you can take comfort in knowing that people will only notice those sexy little legs that are holding up those not-so-sexy little bits of elastic.
Ouch...I had tendonitis in my elbow and it hurts like (#%*#). I finally had to have a cortisone shot to keep me from killing people. And I thought I HAD a high tolerance for pain after having four of my six children with no meds. But, I couldn't deal with tendonitis!
I sure hope you can get relief soon.

Beansieleigh said...

Oh my, those socks are a sight!.. But the point IS they're supposed to help you!.. Maybe you could bling them up a bit with a few rhinestones?.. or perhaps you could embellish them with some of those pretty fabric flowers that you see at nearly every other blog you visit these days??.. How about a new toe ring or two? (0; Well, whatever you do, hope the docs can help you, and that you're feeling better again soon! ~tina

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Karen, you dear girl, Oh, I am so sorry to hear this. Please know I will keep you in my prayers.

Your attitude is amazing! You are something.

Hugs, Barb ♥

Mieke said...

Ouch, that looks painful, poor girl.But you should take those pills,don't try to be tough, ibuprofen is not just a drug against pain, it really helps the inflammation to heal!
You know, with the black socks, you should wear the 'biker' t-shirt that you bought last year, it could become a hype ;)
Keep on smiling, you are doing great! Hugs, Mieke

Amy Arnaz said...

Ouch. I had 2 heel spurs: one on the side of my heel that I had surgery for (light sedation, local anesthesia, cut, saw off spur, stitches). The other spur was on the BOTTOM of my heal, just like yours. This time I went to a homeopath who used an electronic device that sent energy into my heal to break the spur apart. That worked and now I'm spur free for 10 years. No surgery required the 2nd time. I know how bad that hurts, Karen, and I sympathize with you. Unlike you, I did take meds... xoxo Amy

Whimsey Creations said...

I had pretty much the same thing a few years ago. Could hardly walk especially when I got out of bed in the mornings and much pain in my heels. I went and got orthotics and the only thing they would fit in was sneakers - which I wasn't really supposed to be wearing at work. I looked around for some sandals since it was summer and found the brand Naot. Their shoes had removeable footbeds so I could take the footbed out and put my orthotic in. Which I did for a few months. And then discovered that the original footbeds provided much better support than the orthotics! I wore them for a solid year - in the winter I just wore them with socks. Yeah, I know, nerdy and tacky. But after a year no more pain. And if I pretty much stick to wearing that brand of shoe - never have any more pain - those shoes cured it!!! I usually buy mine from here because they have great sales and you can even just order the footbeds. Hope your tootsies feel better soon - I know how bad it is!

Barbara said...

Poor Karen, I pray that your feet clear up soon. I understand your pain 'cause I've been there. Maybe you can crochet some ruffles on those socks, maybe with some beads? A little bling goes a long way toward making you feel better. I'll be praying for you my sister.

Hugs XX

Jennifer ~ Mi Vida Loca said...

Oh my gosh!!! You poor thing ~ that is soooo painful. I was thinking that if they want you off your feet for awhile, maybe you could alter those cute lil' socks. Anyways, I sincerely hope and pray that you start feeling better ASAP. (((HUGS)))

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

Oh Karen!!

My feet hurt just looking at your x-rays!
I would definitely have taken lots of those pills by now though!
I must say you have very cute feet - even in the orthopedic gear :-)
Would something like a "circle" of upholstery foam in your slipper heel work? The spur area would be in the open part and not getting as much pressure as you walk. Not sure if I'm describing it right but hope so.
Take good care of those tootsies my friend - no Dancing with the Stars for you anytime soon :-)

Gentle Hugs and Smiles,


Heather said...

I hope your feet feel better soon and the spurs go away! Love the footwear!

Sara said...

Poor you Karen. Tendonitis is horrid. I hope you will take your pills they will help. Hope you feel better soon

The Paper Princess said...

OH Karen, I feel so bad for you - I hope you feel better soon!


Sandy Navarro said...

OWIE! That does not look like fun. BUT, at least you can still have a FabUlous pedicure! LOL

Christy said...


How funny {ironic} that I read this post on the morning I go to the dr. to get my new orthodic shoes! Ive waiting nearly 2 months to get them. I have had 5 surgeries total on my feet and corrected the problems it did. However now I am left with arthritis in both feet and I feel like i could die when walking a lot. So I know your pain. I too have the bone spurs on both feet, they didnt remove them though. I had plantar faciitis in both feet and it was much more severe in my left foot and that was my last major surgery last year. I am NOT good on crutches either. In fact the very day of surgery while home, I feel right off of them, luckily I landed on my right side on my butt.

I just hope you get to feeling better and are on the move again. I know what it's like. {hugs}


debbie said...


Ginger said...

Hi Karen:
I can relate to your foot pain. I had something similiar a few years ago and it was excruciating to step down on my foot first thing in the morning. The podiatrist want to shoot cordisone into my heel and I couldn't stand the thought of it. So I had orthodics made and it cured the problem. I couldn't believe it.
I sure hope you get some relief soon.

The Knitwit Knitter said...

Oh Karen, I hope you "heel" quickly!!!