Foot Update: Good News, I’m Gonna LIVE!

Two weeks ago I was sidelined by a wee little case of tendonitis. The podiatrist gave me a whole laundry list of things to do and not to do, and I have been pretty good at following his advice.

If I had to grade myself, I would say, uh, an A-. Okay, maybe a B+. But for me, Miss Control Freak, that’s pretty good. The thing that has sucked the most has been, as I suspected it would, not walking the dog and having to curtail how I teach my group cycling classes. All was not lost though; I found a new BFF for this temporary period of time:


That’s right, “she” was in the basement the whole time. I bought this for Jim about a year ago, but it was one of those gifts that was really for both of us. (I really appreciated the gift. Thanks, Me!) I actually love to box, but I don’t do it as often as someone who has the tools in her own home should do it…until now! I’ve enjoyed the increase in upper body workouts. BUT, today was the day where I had to go back to the doctor and hope to hear some good news.

I arrived for my 1:45 appointment at 1:42 and was back in my car at 1:51. In that time I went in, paid for my portion of the appointment that my insurance company makes me pay, entered the exam room, took off my shoes and socks, saw the doctor for about 90 seconds (oh alright, MAYBE 2 minutes), went back to the receptionist and made my next appointment for four weeks from today. Amazing, right? I hate that. Now, you KNOW they are not going to reduce my visit fee because I was only in there long enough to tell a joke or two. ACK, that drives me nuts. Anyway, on to the update.

He says that since today I’m not having pain (when he was pressing) on the two areas of my foot like I was two weeks ago, I am improving and although obviously I have to continue to always wear my orthotics and do those soaks and take advil and wear my ankle brace, I can start adding back activities that I did, pre-injury, for 15 minutes at a time. If it hurts while I’m doing *insert activity here* or if my foot is sore afterwards, then I have to cut back again. If not, then after three days of 15 minutes, I can increase it a little more. Baby steps. He warned me that I still have four weeks left in my “official recovery time” and to really take it easy. We’ll see how it goes on my next checkup. I wonder if that appointment will be even shorter.

So, good news Roxie! Tomorrow we’re taking a quick walk! Woo hoo!


  • KathyLikesPink

    Wow that is great news. Please be very careful not to overdo because it really could set you back a LOT longer. (Voice of experience here!)

  • Melissa

    Can I tell you how happy I am for you? Can I also say how jealous I am? I so wish my elbow issues would start getting better!

    Maybe I need to see a foot doctor 😉

  • Mom24

    That is awesome! Congratulations. This will probably be the most challenging time to take things slow. Good luck, I’m sure you’re itching to have your life back.

  • Melisa

    Kathy: I will sure try; it’s hard!

    Melissa: Thank you! And yes, maybe your elbow problems CAN be solved by a podiatrist…why didn’t anyone think of that before? 🙂

    Stacey: Ugh, “challenging” is a big understatement. This is one of those things that is out of my control and I don’t like that at all…

  • Kat

    That is very good news. I am really happy for you and hope you will be symptom-free in few weeks.

    Sorry for asking like a dork but what is a visit fee at the doctors?

  • Melisa

    Kat: You’re totally no dork but I’m not sure if you’re asking WHAT a visit fee is because you don’t have them in Deutschland or if you are asking how much Americans pay, so I guess I’ll try to answer both!

    (and I’ll probably STILL not be answering what you really want to know! LOL)

    We have to pay a visit fee (they call it a co-pay) when we go to the doctor which is a tiny (usually) portion of what the full bill is. The doctor’s office submits their bill for the services rendered to the insurance company. The co-pay is pre-set according to what kind/what company of health insurance your family has (and many people don’t have it: the system is so messed up).

    Some insured people don’t have any type of co-pay (lucky!), but most do. They typically run anywhere between $10 per doctor visit to $30 or $40 per doctor visit. Prescriptions cost extra and have a co-pay of their own.

    Let me know if I came anywhere close to answering. And I’m sorry if you knew all of that already: I have no clue what healthcare is like where you’re at! 😉