I have goosefoot. I have heard of pigeon toes and crow’s feet, but I never heard of goosefoot. No, my foot doesn’t resemble a goose’s foot. Goosefoot is a condition named after a group of three tendons in the knee that vaguely resembles a goose’s foot. It is more correctly known as Pes Anserinus Bursitis. And it hurts like hell!

The really stupid thing is, I did this to myself. I went power-walking for 30 minutes almost every day, without enough days off to allow my tendons to recover. So my knee tendons are inflamed and extremely painful even when I am sitting completely idle. Even worse, there is basically no treatment, there is not even any effective pain medication, I just have to grit my teeth and wait for it to subside on its own.

After finally getting an appointment an orthopedic specialist a mere two weeks after the intense pain began, I was informed that if I stay off my feet, I might be able to walk without pain in 6 to 8 weeks. I was also told that if my condition doesn’t improve rapidly in a few more days (which is extremely unlikely) I’ll have to be on crutches for a month or more. This totally sucks. And I have only myself to blame.

5 thoughts on “Goosefoot”

  1. Good god, every time I come back to look at this it’s like you’ve got some new medical problem. It’s like you’re a magnet for injuries, or something. Well, good luck getting over this one, at least.

  2. Well jeez Heidi, I think the only other time I blogged about medical issues was when I had problems with my legs when I went to Tokyo in April 2004. That’s when I decided I had to quit smoking and start getting in better shape.
    Anyway, it is nice to hear from you, and thanks for your concern. Fortunately I didn’t have to use crutches. The doctors set me up with physical therapy to exercise and strengthen my knee, I’m healing well and the pain is almost completely gone.

  3. Find a large drug store, and ask them if they carry PK5, which translates to Pain Killer in five (5) minutes. I know Walgreens carries the product, and my daughter who has severe back pain tried it, and it worked.
    Good luck.

  4. Thanks for the advice Dave, but fortunately I’m pretty much past the point of needing any pain relief. According to the doctors, this sort of bursitis doesn’t really get any relief from painkillers, you have to reduce the inflammation before it stops hurting. I took naprosyn for a couple of weeks and it seemed to do the job. I still get occasional mild pain, an ice pack seems to work fine. I guess I’m healing quicker than they expected, yay!

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