Sunday, March 05, 2006

Workout Woes

As readers know, I ran a half marathon and didn't do so well. What I also did was mess up my foot. The outside (lateral) aspect of my left foot is in pain. Only when I walk, so I unilaterally decided my 3 year old shoes weren't cutting it, and got new ones.

Sometimes I think I'm in a racket of a business. When I go see some of the patients, it's not as though they've asked to see me. Some are literally captives, on breathing machines, IVs, feeding tubes, some are more literally restrained so they don't pull these tubes out of themselves. They didn't ask for my business, and sometimes I feel like I add very little, so I think of it as a rackett.

But the shoe business! That really puts anything I do to shame!

At the entrance to the runner's globe, or whatever the place was called, there are more posters than one would have found in 1950's Russia. Orwell could never have imagined a free market producing these sorts of propaganda slogans. 'RUN!' shouts one, showing a lovely woman runner pushing her way up a grassy hill.

Next to that is the measurement place. Here, a healthy young man sits with a pad that you walk on. The pad measure the pressure areas of your foot. It's amazing. Heel, ball, big toe. The foot is a cool thing.

The computer tells me what I already know: I have high arches, but I did not know that I'm a pronator (I think the medical word is intorsion, but pronator does the trick as well). Within moments, they had my shoes picked out, with arch insert, and I was then a hundred dollars poorer.

Huh? I asked, clutching my bag.

This afternoon I tried the new shoes out. They are nice and light. And my foot began hurting again within a few hundred yards. Oh well. Healing will take time. I can bike instead.


Blogger acumamakiki said...

You needed new shoes, that is for certain. I get new sneaks every 6-8 months and I don't even run.
I'm sure you know what my answer would be.....but really, zee needles are perfect for this type of pain.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Doc NOS said...

I think its going away with time and some rest. Uggh.

10:02 PM  
Blogger Peg Spencer said...

This (your reference to your business, not the foot thing) reminds me of something I read recently, about a doc's office that takes credit card info from their patients right off the bat. Just like when you sign into a motel. They take a credit card impression, get a signature, then charge the card for whatever's left after the insurance pays their bit.

Interesting concept.

6:56 PM  

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