I went to a Podiatrist, Dr G. After doing x-rays he diagnosed me with Achilles Tendonitis. He said it can be caused by many things and hard for him to pinpoint. I think since it started when I was moving, it is from overuse.
He gave me a Cortisone shot in the ankle to relieve the swelling and inflammation.
He suggested that I either get BACKLESS/STRAPLESS 2'-2-1/2 inch wedge shoes like these.
I explained to him it was not gonna happen because the shoe will fall off. I need a strap to support it. So he gave some wedges to put inside of my shoe under the sole.
He gave me some interesting details about my foot. He said because of my CP and surgery, through the years my tendons has grown very stiff which causes me to walk more on my toes unnecessarily stretching my tendons, and making them weak, easier to get them inflamed. Hence, the backless strapless wedge shoes or use the wedges or vital.
He said my tendons are so far gone in being stiff that the usual regimen of stretch exercises for Achilles tendonitis my GP had given me is won't work for me.
I asked him if there was any way I can save my shoes because I have always walked to where my toes ofthe shoe\wear out. If I am diligent, which I am not, I would have to buy shoes every 6 months for this reason. I attempt to get a thick sole at at the toes.
He said wearing the wedges will distribute the pressure equally to where my shoes will last double that time because I won't be walking on my toes. That excited me immensely! You have no idea!
He wants to see me back in one week and informed me that it can take 4-6 weeks for my swelling and inflammation to go away and I am back to my 'normal' self.
He did give me a handout about the shoes he suggested and where to get them. I went to one of them, Crazy Charlie Shoes. I attempted the Volatile wedge shoes and my notion was confirmed. It is actually dangerous for me because the shoe moves and I twist my foot or stumble.
I want to give KUDOS to the salesgirl, Dacia. She was so patient in helping me.
It's a whole new buying experiencing try to fit a shoe with the wedges. I bought some and they slip a little but again the two inch wedges lefts my heel. She said I had 14 days to return them so I'll address this issue with Dr G next time. These are the shoes I ended up buying that was comfortable and had the rubber sole I needed.
He also gave me some brands from Wallyworld. I looked for them but I couldn't find any. I asked one of the workers and she said they didn't have any more.
And lastly, the suggestion I hate the most is I cannot go barefooted. I am always barefooted in the house. I enter door and shoes come off to have what I call Happy Feet. But he told me I needed to get some slippers with the required measurements or shoes. That is so hard to find in my size. Hubby had some slippers like I would need but they are like 3 sizes too big.
He said if none of this works, which he is confident it will, another lengthening of my tendons may be in order down the road. But he said surgery is absolutely last resort.
So I am in search for other shoes and/or slippers. But now I know I am not crazy and something isn't right. I am now on the journey of recovery.