I have a fallen arch in the left foot. Actually I think it is falling, not fallen, because it didn't use to be like that. But I suspect it has been falling for quite some time because the treatment is causing all sorts of aches and pains elsewhere in the body. I think my body is taking even longer than my mind to adjust to the idea.
At first I thought my doctor had it wrong. It's been hard for me to get it into my thick skull that the soreness in my foot was not caused by the plate I dropped on it a few months back. An x-ray ruled out any broken bones or arthritis. I accepted that but (self) diagnosed bruising. But I had to admit after a while that I had that wrong, too.
I accepted that I could walk less and less distance without it bothering me. In typical me fashion I ignored it until it kept me awake at night.
So last week I went back to the doctor, all indignant - this sore foot is still sore!! Like it's his fault I've been ignoring it for months. Honestly, I don't know where that man finds his patience.
Even as he's trying to tell me the arch has fallen, I'm arguing that the pain is on top of my foot, not on the bottom. So the poor man has to draw sketches and go into a detailed explanation before I believe him.
But even then I am doubtful. I don't rush off to do as he says but a few days later, when I'm good and ready, go to the chemist and buy the shoe inserts he suggests. I put the darn things inside my shoes and notice that I can't feel the one in my right shoe at all but the one in my left shoe is definitely taking some pressure from my foot. Ahh, maybe he is right. We'll see how it goes.
And whaddyathink? Four days later the foot pain has gone. But, oh, my poor left thigh and hip. I swear they are screeching, "It's the foot's fault. Why should we suffer?"
No doubt they will adjust and accept the change before too long. I think they are even slower at processing new information than I am.
But, on the bright side, I have to admit that today I've been so thankful that all I have to worry about is a fallen arch. I even like the sound of pes planus.