Dr. Blake, I have had this condition for over 15 years.
I started with orthotics and limited high heel use,
then tried anti inflammatory meds,
then no heels and limited activity based on irritation.
I have also had acupuncture and cold laser with a
chiropractor-both very effective. This whole time
i have Taken glucosomine chondroitin as well because
i figured it couldn't hurt. I'm now 42 and just broke down
and had surgery, but just to clean up the joint.
My podiatrist was pleased with the surgery and said
I had one small spot without cartilage, but for the most part
it cleaned up nicely. It has been 8 days and I am
feeling like my recovery is going well.
I found your website because I was looking for
some exercises I can do to help with the recovery.
My doctor was going to give me some when
I get the stitches out this week, but I
would love to have your opinion as well. I really want
to get back into walking, running and playing tennis.
I really like my doctor(after having seen several
doctors over the years) and feel this was the
right time for surgery (especially after
reading your blogs!) before I was limited to
joint replacement or fusion. However he is
not requiring physical therapy, just exercises to
do on my own. Should I see a physical therapist
after my surgery? Thanks so much for putting
this information out there!