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Seeking physically active LD experiences
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12/27/2010 00:39
Cyclist 
12/27/2010 00:39
Cyclist 

Seeking physically active LD experiences

Thank goodness for this online forum and thanks to organisers and participants for sharing your experiences.

I found pea sized lumps in both feet in late 2007, which only started actively growing since early 2010. The GP and podiatrist told me there is no treatment, and I had an ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis of bilateral plantar fibromitosis. The left foot lump is about 4 x 2 cm, the right foot about half the size and the pain only started about a week ago after wearing orthotics for about 2 weeks. At the moment, it's the last thing I think about at night and the first thing I think about when I wake up as my feet are ache pretty much all over, pang around the lumps and burn in places. The podiatrist is high-tech and sympathetic and trying really hard to get the orthotics right, even to the extent of not charging me for return visits, but so far I have had to stop wearing them repeatedly as they feel like implements of torture rather than treatment. Like others, I'm from Northern European descent (thanks mum and dad).

I fear that intensive exercise might make the lumps worse. At the moment I am walking briskly for 20 mins each day and plan to trade running/bushwalking for swimming, modify my cycling shoes to lesson the strain on my arch and take up weight training as I think this counts as a load bearing activity (?)

My question to my partners in ancestry and pain out there is:
- how have other physically active types modified their exercise routines to accommodate this ailment?
- how are others finding their exercise routines and pain management after 5, 10 and 15 years down the track?
- has anyone tried rowing or anything else as an alternative load-bearing activity to jogging?

Di

Edited 01/09/11 01:43

12/27/2010 20:21
Cyclist 
12/27/2010 20:21
Cyclist 

Re: Seeking physically active LD experiences

Update: I read deeper into the earlier discussions and found a couple of threads about people's success stories where they have remained physically active, despite some pain or discomfort.

I agree with someone who said that it's important to remain happy doing the things we love and this probably helps with pain management. I have plenty of opportunity to be outdoors and I intend to stay physically fit.

It's good to have the validation from others that exercise doesn't necessarily cause the lumps to get bigger, just might disturb them a little and there are topical treatments available to assist with managing this.

Thanks to you all for helping me to get through my initial despair!

Di

Edited 11/09/11 11:41

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