I went to the doctor about my foot today. I showed her my “good” range of motion of my right foot – about 2cm in
dorsiflexion. This “good” range comes from about a week of self massage and sleeping on a wheat bag.
Straight away, I was diagnosed with foot drop. This is where something has either damaged or destroyed the nerve that runs down the leg and activates the foot, so you end up with limited movement in the foot. Possible causes include excessive leg crossing and some rather scary diseases. But something like leg crossing is most likely. I need a CT scan and maybe a trip to the neurologist. Also maybe a splint. That last part makes me slightly sad, although there is a possibility I can get one with a spring mechanism, making me kind of super-human.
At least I now know a few things. It’s not likely to be caused by running, wearing minimus shoes or high heels. Yay! I have been concerned that I would be faced with giving these things up or dying in agony. Or similar.
It’s also likely reversible. Double-yay. I can look forward to normal walking. Although it may take 6 months to get there.
My tripping over is real and not just being ultra clumsy. I need to pay particular attention to waking, and not just when I am doing my ditsy “wow aren’t these heels high?” act.
Last but not least. As wheat bags and massage do seem to help, I’ve got a “get out of gaol free card” with respect to regular pampering >_>