But when I put my full weight on my foot (after doing very few activities for three weeks other than to hobble about very short distances) I experienced the same agonizing pain in the ball of my foot as I initially did. My foot hadn’t healed at all. I was surprised and supremely disappointed, but now I was pretty sure that it wasn’t likely a broken toe that was hindering me but something else that I couldn’t identify. I had an upcoming trip to visit my daughter in Spain in just two months and suddenly I was really concerned that my foot wouldn’t be better by then. The trip was booked and I was going to visit my daughter either way so I decided to ask the Tarot if I would be able to walk normally on the trip. The response would either put my mind at ease or allow me to prepare for a less active trip than I was used to.
Question I asked Tarot using one-card spread: “Will my foot heal in time for my trip to Spain?”
The card I chose was The Judgment card, which means to me “coming out of a difficult situation”, and so I relaxed and trusted that I would find a solution in time to enjoy my trip. The difficult situation in this case was the difficulty I was having with my foot, and coming out of that would mean that it would be better in time for my trip. At that moment I had no idea what the solution might be but I was hopeful that one was likely out there. So what the reading primarily provided for me was hope, but certainly not a guarantee, that my foot was likely to heal in time for my trip. This allowed me to remain optimistic, and less inclined to fret, which significantly reduced my stress in regards to the issue. I’m not saying that I sat back and relaxed wishing for an answer to come knocking at my door as a result, I realized that I needed to do some leg work, but believing that a solution existed kept me searching for one.
After the reading I decided that it was probably the right time for a doctor to check my foot thinking he could recommend something to put in my shoe or find something about my foot I was not aware of (at this point I decided not to pursue the acupuncture route even though it had healed my tendinitis in the past. It just intuitively felt like it was time to check in with a doctor). During my appointment the doctor briefly examined my foot. He then recommended I consult with a podiatrist whom he said “would take an x-ray, give me a shot in my foot and that would fix it up right away”. For a moment I was tempted to go this route since a quick fix would solve my problem of needing to get around on my upcoming trip, but then my husband explained to me that the “magical” shot was cortisone and probably not the healthiest solution.
A friend also told me that a cortisone shot didn’t work for her. I researched online and found that most people experiencing pain in the ball of their foot, didn’t improve after cortisone shots. I could now see what the earlier Tarot reading was suggesting to me that a doctor might not know how to effectively heal my foot. Resting my foot for three weeks allowed me to identify on my own that my toe probably wasn’t broken.
What was I to do? I decided to sleep on it and said a prayer asking for a solution to my foot ailment.
The next morning I mentioned to a friend that I didn’t think my toe was broken after all but that it was still was very painful to walk on. She then shared with me that her son had a foot problem recently, a common ailment with joggers, and told me the name of his ailment. That prompted me to research online to see if there was a foot condition that matched the symptoms I had been experiencing. I was able to find something based on the location of the pain in my foot (between the ball of my foot and my middle toe), a condition called Mortons Neuroma. Once I had a possible diagnosis I then looked for solutions and I concluded that custom orthotic inserts was the way to go. With a little more research I found Good Feet, a store which makes custom orthotics, located five minutes away from my home. Testimonials from previous customers seemed favorable but I had never heard of the place before and decided to double check by doing a one-card spread Tarot reading. At this point I knew that custom orthotics would be my next step. Tarot would point me in the right direction; either toward (green light) the Good Feet store, away from them (red light), or suggest that all the stores were about the same and it didn’t matter which one I chose.
Question I asked Tarot using one-card spread: “Will Good Feet be a good solution for healing my foot?”
The card I chose was the Healing card (V of Pentacles), which was a green light for me, and I drove right over to check it out.
An hour and a half later I walked out of the store wearing my orthotics custom-made for my feet. Apparently the pain I was experiencing was caused by additional stress placed on the ball of my foot due to lost strength in my arches. The orthotics would ultimately strengthen my arches and allow me to walk pain-free again without surgery, drugs or having to wear ugly shoes. I was thrilled with the hope of a solution.
Within one week after my visit to Good Feet I had my full mobility back when I wore the orthotics in my shoes, including when playing tennis and walking long distances. I would be able to enjoy my trip to Spain without any restrictions as long as I remembered to bring the orthotics.
I have returned from my glorious trip to Spain where my daughter and I walked somewhere between 5 and 10 miles a day exploring Spanish Basque cities as well as Madrid, Segovia and Toledo. I wore my orthotics every step of the way and I experienced no discomfort in my feet, none at all. It was amazing. The trip wouldn’t have been the same if I had not been able to walk as much as we did.