I’ve dealt with the foot pain brought on by, what I thought was, plantar fasciitis. After more than two years of chronic foot pain that didn’t go away even though I did everything I could to help my situation. I stretched, rubbed, iced and twisted my feet and even bought a brace that I put on at night that was supposed to stretch the fascia out enough to alleviate the pain. Nothing I tried did anything to eliminate the pain for more than a few minutes. Then, a few weeks ago, I heard about psoriatic arthritis from a friend of mine.
The more I researched psoriatic arthritis, the more I realized the importance of a diet that would help me decrease the amount of inflammation in my body. I’ve turned myself into a semi vegetarian with some occasional fish and chicken to take care of my occasional desires for meat. In addition to some noticeable reduction in my foot pain, I’ve also managed to drop almost ten pounds in a little over two months. My energy level has risen as well which I think is a combination of the better nutrients I’ve been ingesting and the better sleep I’ve been getting as a direct result to my better diet.
The extra energy I have has inspired me to exercise each day. On warm days I get out of the house for an hour or so for a walk with an occasional jog thrown in. I hope to get up to running a couple of miles a day pretty soon; something I couldn’t have dreamed of just a few weeks ago. I also do at least three sets of ten pushups per day and some abdominal crunches to go along with my cardiovascular workouts.
I made an investment in some quality running shoes that give me support and cushioning and I’ve also purchased a new pair of everyday shoes and a pair of dress shoes that also give me more support and cushioning than my old pair. Just go to Amazon or Zappos to get good recommendations about the kinds of shoes that are best for arthritic feet.
None of this diagnosis has come from a doctor because I had always told him I had plantar fasciitis and when I told him how I was dealing with it he said to keep it up and take an NSAID if the pain got severe. I have an appointment in a couple of weeks and I’m going to tell him about my arthritis suspicions to see if there’s a blood test I can do to confirm my amateur diagnosis.