I don't want to appear negative---and this is not an excuse-- but something I need to get out. I hope the LB works for me!!---I want to explain my feet issues--- I have always had bad feet --lots of orthopedic Dr's and what ever--have not helped but I have been able to live with my issues and have carried on quite normally ---even ran in my 20-30's and walked miles in my 40's . About two years ago my feet were killing me so I went to a new doctor, recommended by my Internist. This guy told me that I had the worst feet he had seen in 25 yrs of practice and my future was going to be miserable ---foot surgeries--knee surgeries---hip and back surgeries and a wheel chair within 5 yrs. The only thing I could do to HELP fight this off is lose weight. So 2 1/2 yrs later I have actually put on 20 lbs or so (how sick is that?) I have gone to other podiatrist's , but no solutions. Last year I found a great Orthopedic surgeon and he was going to start the process of rebuilding me. I was scheduled for surgery May 1,2009. He was going to break all the bones in my right foot (to start) and put me in a immobilization cast for 4-6 weeks-- wheel chair-- walker --crutches and 6 months to a year to fully heal. Then on to the next foot then my knee's. I have hyper extended joints.
When I went to my pulmonary-Internist-friend) for my final clearance for surgery----He said NO WAY!! There are no guarantees that this will work ---and you are too heavy . Lose weight-- that will help and leave your feet alone. He recommended weight loss surgery and here I am. Walking is really hard for me sooo swimming is my exercise of choice. Right now I have been told to stay out of the water for 6 weeks.
When I went to work last Friday, after not being there for 2 weeks , I was almost paralyzed by the end of the day. I know I should be walking (and want to) but it's kind of like I only have so much of my feet left and need to decide how to best use them----wow-- I'm getting teary eyed. I want vacations and everyday stuff.
Sooooo ---that's my story in a nut shell! I hope LB works for me!
Oh by the way---No stiletto's for me ---I am stuck with these butt ugly shoe's ---but they keep me walking!
It's funny when I watch people check me out ---they think-- Hmmm--cute face--ok body--uuugly shoe's! FUNNY!!
PS I am 5'4'' and weigh 212 lbs today.