Math teacher deals with two foot injuries


The average person will break or fracture two bones within his or her lifetime. However, very few people will experience the struggles that Math 3 teacher Jayma Baumeier has had to endure.

In March of 2017, Baumeier injured her right Achilles’ tendon playing tennis with her daughter. A few months later, she received a cortisone shot from a doctor, but throughout that summer, her foot began to hurt again.

“I went to my second foot doctor,” Baumeier said. “After a foot x-ray, he told me a had a bone spur on my heel. So, he gave me six cortisone shots in my heel from November 2017 to March of 2018.”

However, her foot was not healed, so she ended up getting an MRI from a third doctor which revealed she had Achilles Bursitis. She had to do physical therapy for two months.

“My foot was still hurting, so I went to my fourth doctor, and he told me my foot was extremely inflamed and a hot mess,” Baumeier said. “He put me in a boot for three months.”

Baumeier says that her foot hurt on and off for six months, so she finally visited a fifth doctor, who told her she had plantar fasciitis and prescribed foot exercises for 30 days.

“I was in extreme pain doing exercises,” Baumeier said. “(So) I decided to get a second opinion…the sixth doctor wanted to rush me into surgery to fix my foot tendon by cutting it.”

Ultimately, a repeat MRI revealed how the multitude of cortisone shots and physical therapy exercises had nearly ruptured her foot.

“My foot was completely inflamed because I was tearing my plantar fasciitis tendon,” Baumeier said. “In July, they put me in a cast for six weeks, and now I’m in a boot for another six weeks. I”m hoping by mid-November, I will be completely healed and back into walking with shoes.”

Meanwhile, on her left foot, she pulled the tendon her ankle while she was trying to keep her dog, Chubs, out of the room with a baby gate so she could clean the house.

“I was trying to keep Chubs out of the room and get through the gate while holding all the cleaning supplies,” Baumeier said. “My foot got stuck in the gate. I was falling down the stairs and trying to stop falling at the same time.”

She says this injury is actually worse than her right foot’s initial injury– so much so that her doctor encouraged her to take a leave from work to let both of her feet heal.

“I said no,” Baumeier said. “Therefore, I have an aircast on my right ankle.”

After these injuries, getting around has been “slow” Baumeier said. And unfortunately, surgery is not an option because a doctor cannot reattach a plantar fasciitis tendon.

Overtime, Baumeier hopes she can get mostly back to normal.

“It’s something that I will have to live with, and hopefully, it will be just fine,” Baumeier said.