I am 28-years-old and I was born with a left club foot. I underwent surgery at 3 months old to allow me to walk. I was able to participate in sports and live pain free until I was seventeen.
Life is a little more difficult now. I’ve developed osteoarthritis that has shut down the two of the three joints in my foot — it’s basically fused. I’ve had two arthroscopies but that didn’t really do anything for the pain.
I’ve tried to live my life believing I can do anything, but I wasn’t careful enough and I fractured my fibula on my right foot indoor rock climbing. I had an MRI done because the pain didn’t go away and they discovered I have arthritis in my right foot as well — probably due to the wear and tear of compensating for the lack of muscle in my left foot.
I’m in constant pain now in both feet and the doctors don’t seem to be able to offer me any solutions. I’m trying to stay optimistic but I feel so down. How do you all cope with the pain and being stopped from doing things you want to do?