One Foot Equals Two Tons Of Anguish

running, fitness, injury, humor, Modern PhilosopherI’ve always been good with numbers, units of measurement, and conversions, Modern Philosophers.  That’s why I’m so proud to announce that I’ve come up with a new unit and conversion.

I’m calling it the Monkey Boy Metric, in honor or my enormous Monkey Boy feet.

In this unit of measure, one foot is equal to two tons of anguish.

I have gigantic feet, which require size fifteen shoes to keep them contained and out of the view of the public (which is where all feet belong if you ask me!).

I hate feet, and believe that they are the grossest part of the body.  I have accepted that feet are necessary to keep me upright, and to help me move along, but that doesn’t mean I have to like them, or ever want to see yours.

Some people require that guests remove their shoes upon entering their homes.  I, on the other hand, make guests put on a second pair of shoes to ensure there isn’t a freak wardrobe malfunction that would lead to my seeing anyone’s feet.

I’m getting totally off topic here, while simultaneously grossing myself out.  Time to reel this in and regain my focus.

As much as I dislike feet, I never expected that part of my body to turn on me.  My guess would have been my spleen or appendix.  Possibly a hamstring.

running, fitness, injury, humor, Modern PhilosopherBut betray me they did.  I haven’t been able to run for the past four days.  Hell, I’ve barely been able to walk.

All because I’m in so much pain.

Based on the above pain scale, I’d say I’ve been redder than a Maine lobster, which is probably a Spinal Tap-esque 11.

I went for my usual run on Tuesday, but when I woke up on Wednesday, a pain so severe shot through my right foot that I immediately Googled “How to amputate your right foot”.

I quickly did a second search of “How to amputate your right foot without having to look at it because feet are gross”.

Luckily, I’m not one to be impulsive.  Plus, I did not have a guillotine handy.

running, fitness, injury, humor, Modern PhilosopherSeeing as how I am King Klutz, I assumed I did something in my sleep to injure myself.

After all, I do have some pretty vivid dreams and nightmares, so for all I knew, I could’ve  run a few miles in my sleep, or sprinted around the house to avoid the frightening creature chasing me in my mind.

I am surrounded by medical professionals and runners, though, so they were able to come up with a more logical explanation for my excruciating pain.

The general consensus was that I caught that annoying plantar faciitis bug that has been going around lately.  Runners are far more likely catch it than couch potatoes, so for once, being active was not better for my health.

Of course, I had millions of troubling thoughts about this diagnosis.  First off, I was under the impression that only fascists could become infected with this malady.  Now I know the ailment doesn’t discriminate according to political leanings.

I also needed to know if there was any way to treat it, or if I had to live with the pain until my foot eventually turned purple, withered up, and then fell off.  The one thing I had going for me in this scenario was that it would most likely take years for such an enormous foot to wither away.

In addition, I was concerned that my always lofty step count was going to drop so precipitously on my fitness app that it might scream past zero and end up in the negative end of the number line.

All very justified thoughts at a time in my life when I couldn’t really think straight because the only thoughts bouncing around my head were related to how the pain in my foot could possibly be getting any worse.

running, fitness, injury, humor, Modern PhilosopherTo my great relief, plantar faciitis is rarely fatal, and never leads to a foot falling off.

There are also many ways to treat it without having to deal with my anxiety of going to the doctor.

So for the past few days, I have been rolling around a baseball under my desk with my foot.  I’ve also been rolling around a frozen water bottle.

Or is it a bottle of frozen water?  Or a bottle of ice?  Like I said earlier, I’m not really thinking clearly because of the pain.

I’ve also been standing on an ice pack, doing some stretches, and avoiding all running unless I’m being chased by something moving much faster than I.

The not running part has been a real drag.  It’s not my favorite activity, but it has become a part of my daily routine.  And I have to admit, the falling step count is a bummer.

My foot does feel much better today, but there is still pain, so no running.  I actually even drove to the library today, rather than walking, just so that I wouldn’t make things worse.

Plus, I’m tired of hobbling around like some sinister henchman from a 1940s Film Noir, and I didn’t want to start associating books and reading with pain and anguish.

running, fitness, injury, humor, Modern PhilosopherSo the plan for the weekend is to roll more baseballs and water bottles, step on some ice packs, and avoid running.  Hopefully, I will be able to get back to my usual running routine next week and accumulate steps again like a man with a wellness plan (obsession).

I don’t know what’s worse: being in pain, or being inactive.  They both suck pretty badly, but I guess I could have bigger problems, right?

Right now, the pain is tolerable, and I guess this gives me an excuse to be lazy and sit around watching sports on TV all weekend…

Do you have any treatment suggestions for this foot issue that is making me miserable, and preventing me from releasing copious amounts of sweat into the local environment?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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13 Responses to One Foot Equals Two Tons Of Anguish

  1. Tammy Wyse Schoch says:

    I had on and off plantar fasciitis for several years. Since switching to Ever Run Saucony shoes with Soul inserts I’m completely better. I wear these shoes every day. The only other thing that I use on my feet are flip-flops if I’m running out to the backyard just for a few minutes. I go barefoot at home which is an improvement – because when my feet first acted up I had to wear those shoes anytime I wasn’t in bed.

  2. cbiz50 says:

    I have had PF…it does go away…mine eventually broke up and became small muscle lumps…painless….it is excruciating…take an Advil…it reduces the inflammation and takes the edge off the pain. I too despise feet.
    Wear your sneakers at all times…some sufferers even wear them in the shower 🚿 the idea is to never let your heel go unsupported during the attack…

    • Austin says:

      I’m glad you have won your battle with this vicious malady! I have been taking ibuprofen now and again. Just finished using the ice pack, which always helps…

      • cbiz50 says:

        I erroneously thought I should not get used to taking Advil etc…the doctor disabuse me of that idea…he told me that one has to reduce the inflammation…I was on my way to surgery when I did some research…never do it…too dangerous if something goes wrong…

      • Austin says:

        I’m glad you chose to avoid surgery. I’d never go under the knife. Too scary!

  3. Jeff Cann says:

    Yes, I do. PF is an annoyance injury, but it’s going to cut heavily into your mileage. I’m not sure that’s avoidable. Stand with palms against a wall in front of you, with one leg back at a 45 degree angle to the floor (or whatever angle gives you a good stretch). This is the important part: *hyperextend* your knee. You should feel the stretch in your lower calf, Achilles area and your heel–adjust the angle to feel this. Now walk your foot out to the side keeping the stretching feeling. Now walk your foot across the front of your body to the other side. Do both feet, because if you have it in one foot, the second foot is close behind. Do it slowly and make sure you’ve really stretched that heel area comprehensively. For more PF fun: – BTW, my PF is gone, but I still do this stretch.

  4. Jeff Cann says:

    BTW – when you’re “walking your foot in and out, I’m talking about the font foot. This changes the angle of the stretch on the back foot.

  5. beth says:

    as your other readers have written here, I too have suffered through this. twice. once on each foot. first time I had cortisone shots, it was so bad, did daily recommenced stretches, and always, always wore supportive shoes. second time, changed shoes, never went barefoot again, and daily stretches, calmed down after a while.

  6. AAristizabal says:

    Get well soon, Austin! Remember that, sometimes, resting is part of the training!

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