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Monday, January 29, 2024

Aches and Pains

I have (knock on wood) been relatively healthy throughout my life. My circle of friends is mostly younger than I am, and somehow that keeps me younger in some ways. Thanks to a solid skincare routine and botox no one can ever guess my age. The past couple of years are really starting to make me feel my age at times. In the past couple of years I started having issues with my feet.

I have definitely been looking for pain relief in various forms. After walking or standing for a while and definitely during and after a long run, my feet are so achy. While training for my last marathon I really did not know if I was going to make it. I actually changed my shoes and spent the last 8 miles of the marathon in birkenstocks. I am really interested in options to reduce the ache. Some things that seem to help are creams and gels, ice, physical therapy and good shoes. I spent about a year trying to figure things out on my own with a little help from the physical therapist at work. I tried switching sizes of running shoes, using kinesio tape, and trying everything to fix my problem. I finally decided to start regular physical therapy and it has helped so much. I don't know if my feet will ever be 100% pain free, but things are better than they have been in a few years. It is nice to have creams and gels on hand to help keep the ache at bay when things start to flair up. I am finally getting to the point that I feel like I can increase my miles while running. I still have to be really careful about shoes. If I don't wear high quality shoes, I pay for it. Have you ever dealt with feet pain? Do you have any ideas for me?

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