My name is Sarah and I am 34 years old.
I was born with severe bilateral clubfoot. I had surgery on both feet before I was a year old. Then I was in casts for a year. I learned to walk in those casts. =) Then I wore shoes on the wrong feet (to straighten my feet) for awhile.
I was lucky, I only had those first surgeries and have been able to have a pretty “normal” life. I was able to be on my high school volleyball team. I was able to hike and run. The past 2 years I have run a 5k a month. I am training for a 10 mile run in the next few months.
The only time I feel real pain is after a long run, or a day of standing. This past winter I went to Disneyland and walked an average of 10 miles a day. At the end of those days I was in real pain and would have to take pain killers.
Over the past few years I have noticed my left foot has a decreased range of motion, and cramps up more after workouts. I have never been able to wear high heels, but I used to be able to wear baby heals (about an inch to an inch and a half), but now I can’t seem to do that.
I have a question for this community. What happens next? I am afraid of what will happen as my range of motion decreases and my pain increases? I have an appointment with a podiatrist next month, but I am nervous over what I will learn? Are there some options that are better than others?