FOOT AND ANKLE PROBLEMS…

This year it’s been a bit of an uphill struggle with my health which is all mechanical but the pain has not been where I usually get my pain.

I had successful surgery in April for a trapped ulnar nerve in my elbow which has healed well and now have no pain from it, then a few weeks later I started having pain on the outside of my foot.

I treated it like any other foot problem with ibuprofen and rest but it didn’t help much so I popped to A&E to check it wasn’t a small stress fracture but the x-ray showed nothing. I was told it was probably a sprain and to keep it strapped up and carry on doing what I was already doing as it can take a few weeks to settle down.

As the weeks went on the pain stayed so I then decided a visit to my GP was my next move who immediately said that she thought I had a neuroma and referred me to see a Podiatric Surgeon.

My Consultant Podiatric Surgeon,  Mr. Julien Pavier who is a very gentle, kind and understanding man found the neuroma straight away and felt that my pain around my ankle was probably referred pain from the neuroma. He then sent me for a scan and steroid injection into the neuroma. 

The pain relief was immediate which apparently is a great sign that he had hit the spot (as they say).

Four weeks on from the injection my foot started to play up again and over a week came back as before but only on the outside of my foot and ankle. My follow-up appointment was due so I decided to just treat it like I had done before until I saw Mr. Pavier. 

When he touched the neuroma I could feel the lump but did not get any pain but when he pressed around the ankle area and outside of my foot I felt a lot of pain. He said he thought that the pain was from another problem and not from the neuroma and wants me to have another scan and if it shows up then another steroid injection into that area to settle it down. He thinks that I have probably ruptured a tendon (Peroneus Brevis).

 

He said it could have come from the way I was walking, which really didn’t surprise me as my left gait is not correct due to my low back surgeries but I am now starting to walk with a limp.

Getting low and fed up with chronic pain in inevitable for anyone but coping with new and extra pain can be a bit disheartening but I’m sure after my next injection I will be free from pain again and back to normal, or as normal as life can be in chronic pain.

The English tradition of ‘keeping ones pecker up’ is something I think you can either do or not, for me there’s no other way, life’s too short to dwell on it. 

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TOP TEN OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS THAT CAN CAUSE BACK PAIN

Apparently, sleeping policeman can be one of the worst culprits so driving can be quite high on the list.

People in the construction industry due to all the lifting of heavy goods.

Cooks as they have to lift heavy pans of vegetables.

Cleaners as they have to bend and stretch so much.

Joiners as there are heavy objects to lift and awkward positions to work in.

Store check out personnel as work requires workers to stand in one place for a long time.

Extensive driving, particularly in the haulage business.

Construction workers personnel who climb ladders or work on scaffolds are at risk for falling.

Nursing home workers, including nurses as transferring a patient between their bed, bathtub, and toilet requires lifting, carrying, holding, pulling, pushing, and turning.

Dentists and Surgeons as both professions require prolonged standing, stooping, bending, and awkward body positioning.

 

 

BEYOND THE BACK – BOOK REVIEW…

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Beyond the Back: The Chiropractic Alternative For Conditions Beyond Back Pain: 9 Top Chiropractors Share How They Help Patients Avoid Drugs and Surgery Naturally…

Written by nine chiropractors –  Suzanne Doyle-Ingram (Author), Steve Polenz (Author), David Sundy (Author), Stephane Provencher (Author), Gil Desaulniers (Author), Matt Thompson (Author), Jessica Thompson (Author), Jeff Pereverzoff (Author), Marion Constantinides (Author), Victor Dolan (Author) only available on Kindle.

Beyond the Back focuses on the various solutions that chiropractic care offers – besides back pain. In this book, you will learn:

•How Chiropractic can help you have more energy and get more out of life
•How Chiropractic can help you have a healthy pregnancy
•How to raise Superkids
•What are Epigenetics?
•How Chiropractic can heal knee injuries naturally
•How Chiropractic can help multi-generational families
•The Benefits of Applied Kinesiology
•Chiropractic care for athletes

Because most of the general population thinks of Chiropractors as back pain specialists, many people are simply not aware of all the other aspects of health that Chiropractic can improve. In fact, in some cases, Chiropractors can help their patients get off medications entirely and even avoid surgery.

For me on a personal note I was looked after by a Chiropractor in my younger years for many years until he was unable to get me straight any more and so I had to resort to surgery. I have recommended Chiropractors to people suffering from joint problems many times and some had great results.

The section on Pregnancy is a great chapter for mum’s to be and I wished I had known about Chiropractors before my first born. The questions and answer sections on how a Chiropractor can even give you more energy will ring a bell with most people. At the moment it’s only available on Kindle format but well worth a read if you have a Kindle to download it onto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORE NEWS ON THE BACK CARE AWARENESS WEEK…

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As you saw from my previous post the Back Care Awareness Week 2016 was highlighting  on carers and they were delighted with radio coverage they had across the UK.

BackCare UK stated that ‘ this year we exceeded our expectations, Dr. Brian Hammond on regional and national radio interviews discuss how BackCare UK is raising awareness of the reality of back pain in young carers and the various steps that can be taken to prevent this.  If you want to listen to Dr. Hammond’s radio interview highlights and podcast then click onto BackCare UK now.

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BACK CARE #AWARENESS WEEK – CARING FOR CARERS…

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It’s been Back Care Awareness Week all this week and this year they are highlighting ‘Caring for Carers’.

The UK is home to 7 million unpaid carers. These are people who provide care and support to an ailing or disabled family member, friend or neighbour on an ongoing basis. They represent an unpaid and often invisible workforce that saves the Government a staggering £119 billion every year – more than the Government’s entire annual NHS expenditure.

Carers are often exposed to higher than usual levels of physical and emotional stress which puts their own health at risk. Many carers help the person they care for with physical tasks, such as getting in and out of the bed, bath or chairs. In addition to this, the role of carer, especially when caring for a spouse or close family member, can create unique emotional stresses.

Over 70% the UK’s unpaid carers now suffer from back pain, and are a greater risk of developing chronic pain, which is highly disabling in a third of cases and life-long for the majority. The national back pain charity, BackCare is working to help the UK carers with this year’s BackCare Awareness Week (3rd – 8th of October 2016).

Please feel free re-post this to highlight this very important awareness.