Feet. Not the prettiest of blog posts.
But my feet hurt.
They have hurt for years.
I have the worst feet. I always have. I started off in casts when I was just a baby to straighten my poor little feet. Then I had the joy of wearing the most horrid stiff red leather or ‘saddle’ shoes all through grammer school. We are talking the 70s here – so they are even worse than you can imagine.
I remember getting my very first pair of fun shoes – a pair of Nike Sneakers. I was 13 and in Jr. High. To this day I still cannot believe my mom gave in and bought them. I never turned back after that. If I could get my extra wide size 6 feet into fashionable shoes I wore them! Thankfully shoes in the 1980s were not too bad.
Then I started working full time int he 1990s. I typically worked in an office and heels were the required shoe. And they looked so good.
Now I find myself in my 40s (OK, MID 40s) and my now size 7D feet hurt. Oh I mentioned that?
I have extra wide short chubby feet. Years of being a SAHM and preferring to be barefoot in the house have done their damage. And weight gain. And improper support on my feet. 40s are no fun!
I am on the verge of recovering (crossing fingers) from plantar faciitis (a fancy word for sore feet). Worse, I feel like I have a bone spurt starting in addition to the PF. I have been doomed to wear only Dansko Shoes and running shoes for the past few years.
SO I thought I would share with anyone out there who is looking for ideas if their feet hurt too!
I had semicustom orthotics made for my running shoes. They worked – for a while. They got me through a trip to Walt Disney World with my family a few years ago. But recently I tried Heel Seats.
They actually rocked my world.
So much so I am finally back to walking the dog and hitting the gym again.
Summertime and flip flops do not mix when you need supportive shoes 😦 Years ago my Physical Therapist suggested Chacos and they are my ‘house slippers’ now:
Recently I have desired a more going out to dinner sandal and I have had great luck with Orthaheels:
Which brings me to now. I tried with all my heart to avoid the one shoe I should have bought years ago… and recently I submitted. I ordered my first pair of…
NOW I feel really old! In fact I had friends who begged me not to go there! I promise to not wear them with socks! I am hopeful that this pair of Birks is not TOO unstylish.
Given there is a break in period which I am still in- I can already tell you my heel is feeling so much better in them. I worried at first that I ordered size 37 (a 6-6.5 when I wear a 7) was a bad choice however, each day I do wear them a little longer and they get more comfy. The plastic toe peice was a big concern to me but that is getting more comfortable also. I am glad I did not get them too big.
SO I am hoping to leave the bottle of Aleve, the ice packs, the heavy clunky shoes behind for the Summer.
I hope my feet agree!