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.

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