newbie recently diagnosed with osteoarthritis
hi all, I considered my self a fit, active 50 (ish) year old with a passion for life and 7 grandkids and an active dog to keep me going. I've always been an active person, cycling, swimming, walking etc.
Twenty or so years ago, when i was in my early 30's, i had a right knee arthroscopy and bi lateral carpal tunnel decompression. After these operations i carried on a normal active lifestyle as i had done before hand with no issues.
Last year after careful planning i took up a major feat of cycling Lands End to John o' groats. Half way through the cycle i started noticing discomfort and pain in my left foot. I put it down to being clipped in and possibly poor positioning of the clip/shoe/pedal orientation.
After completing LEJOG, my foot was all types of sore and swollen, a good rest and recouperation was needed. fast forward 12 months to late August 2023 in work. I walk alot for my job, in excess of 6 miles each night. i wear steel toe capped safety boots so these are fairly heavy on the feet. i was offered a trial of a lighter pair and took the opportunity. As the week wore on my left foot got more painful after each shift so much so by the end of the week i could barely walk on my left foot. This prompted me to see the doctors after taking some time off work to hopefully ease the symptoms. Trips to MSKCATS, hospital for x-rays and back to doctors again resulted in me being diagnosed with Mild midfoot OA and moderate OA at interphalangeal joints along with Plantar fasciitis.
work have been tough on me as i've asked for reasonable adjustments around work to allow me to rest my foot often only to be told there is no such thing as light duties.
im feeling let down, defeated and deflated.
I've been to see a physiotherapist and had 2 rounds of accupunture, its helped a little but the bad days are getting more frequent regardless of how much or how little i exercise my foot, i have a bouncy full of life sprocker dog that keeps me on my toes, most days walking him i'm in pain but i suffer it because he needs his exercise, my wife can't take him out because she has fibromyalgia and is constantly in pain. I'm on medication(NSAID's), these make a bit of a difference to the pain, by easing the swelling slightly.
I've no other joint pain or discomfort, is this normal for it to only affect one limb/joint/area?
hints, tips and advice are more than welcome.
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