I saw a podiatrist today, and while discussing what is wrong with my foot, he referred to my deformity. Apparently, I am deformed. Really. (Mildly, but really.) The doctor pointed out (although I will be getting it checked out for real) that my right leg is longer than my left leg by enough (no measuring occurred), and that I have been overcompensating for it when I run (he can see by the callus pattern that I roll outwards on my left foot and inwards on my right), and that overcompensation finally caught up with me. The pain I’ve been feeling is a spasm. He taped up my foot to help relieve the spasm, and he says I can go back to running pretty much immediately, as long as I ease into it. If it still hurts by the end of this week, or if it changes how it hurts, I should come back, but there’s no sign of a stress fracture right now.
He also gave me a lift for my left shoe to help make up the difference, and I should wear supportive shoes (like my running shoes) or get supports to put in my other shoes (like my Chucks, which have ZERO support), and only wear shoes like that for the next 6-8 weeks. I should stay away from flats, sandals, flip-flops, slippers, and any other shoe without support until the spasm is all better. Oh, and I shouldn’t even wander the house barefoot, so I’ll be wearing supportive shoes ALL the time for a couple of months.
Blah. But treatable! So blah is okay. But now I’m all concerned about how I’ve never noticed I’m uneven. I have a regular doctor’s appointment in two and a half weeks, so I will be asking about that FOR SURE.
I never knew I looked this:
Either of these would be okay, though: