I went to visit my podiatrist for the first time, after my rheumatologist referred me, due to ongoing pains in my toes despite lack of arthritis (actual inflammations). I had to take of my shoes and walk around a bit, and she did some pushing and pulling and feeling in general.
At one point I had to press up and down against her arm with my feet, which didn’t go very well. I have a lot less strength in my feet than I should, to the point where she expected me to trip over my own feet almost constantly. I don’t because I pay a lot of attention to how I walk so I don’t trip (which in turn eats up lots of energy too). She suggested getting a good physiotherapist and luckily for me I already got a referral for that yesterday. In the end, it turns out I have inflamed nerves and I’ll get inlays to help relax my feet a bit so the pain goes away (a little). She made it clear that it won’t do miracles, and I chose to go ahead with it anyway.
It appears we got my RA under control, and I have all these side-things that make me hurt anyway. Heads you win, tails I lose…