Today was the "how are the orthotics?" visit with the podiatrist. I told her that the orthotics themselves were fine--I'm past the stage of foot fatigue, have no issues walking in them, but....there's still this pain. She poked around a bit and proposed that this could be tarsal tunnel syndrome, possibly caused by varicose veins in the area. I've recently noticed some small varicose veins around that ankle, and it appears that you can have other varicose veins that don't show on the skin at all. The choices she offered for treating TTS were a compression sock, which I'd tried briefly after the last visit and stopped because it was so uncomfortable, or a cortisone injection.
After some discussion, I took the cortisone. (After I decided, Doctor said that in her experience, the compression sock people are back in 2 weeks for the shot.) On the pessimistic side, she also said "if it improves with the cortisone, we'll know it's TTS." I went off to my office with a chill pack for a 20 minute application, and just repeated that this evening. Only one round of burning pain post-injection so far, about 30 minutes ago.
I sure hope this works. I desperately need to get back to regular exercise, for both weight control and general health. I think I may have to admit that regular Jazzercise is just not going to be possible for some time longer, and go find an alternative. That I'll do regularly--that's the hard part.