October 9th, Monday
Today I had my appointment with podiatrist Dr. Fiorelli. I explained to him my heel issues and he immediately suggested that I have a cortisone shot followed by another cortisone shot in two or three weeks. I told him Doctor Stein’s statement that she would be fired if she gave me a cortisone shot and he looked on incredulously and said this is normal practice for plantar fasciitis. Well, I refused anyway. So he did tell me that he thought my orthotics were too hard for someone who runs distance. He provided me with a softer orthotic pad for the basic price of $45! He also ordered an x-ray of my heel. And he prescribed a topical cream that is designed to reduce inflammation and reduce pain. I will go with this for a few weeks and continue with non-impact activities.
My heel pain in the a.m. is still a very sore 8 or 9.
Throughout the day I have been busy doing a series of leg and foot exercises that are part of my therapy routine.
Humbug! Humbug! Humbug!??