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I started developing foot pain about 10 months ago. At first I figured it was due to needing new shoes. After purchasing new shoes the pain decreased for a week or two before coming back. I finally went to the doctor. He gave me some stretches to do at home and told me to ice it and roll a can of soup with it. I tried these for about 4 weeks. Again the pain got better for a week or two and then came right back.
I went back to the doctor after 4 weeks of stretching and he took X-rays and gave me a cortisone injection. I continued stretching, and icing. Again felt better for a week or two and then the pain was back. When I went back to my doctor he referred me on to a foot specialist.
At my first appointment with the specialist, she was ready to schedule surgery. At that time I wasn't ready and the thought of surgery really scared me. So we did another cortisone injection in my left foot. I went back 4 weeks later and the pain was still lower than it had been, but the right foot was worse. So she did an injection in the right foot. 4 weeks later, mid-November, I went back feet feeling better than they had in a long time, but the left was still sore. She did one more injection in my left foot and told me to just call when I felt I needed to come back.
Now my left foot feels possibly the worst it has ever felt. I have an appointment scheduled for later this month. I'm thinking it might be time for surgery, but am still not sure I'm ready for that. Part of me wonders if I haven't been doing the stretchs properly or often enough. The full time Lab tech and mother of 3 in me says I don't have anymore time to really spend streching. Is it time for surgery or are there other options I should ask about?
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