Friday, August 15, 2008

My Aching Feet

Human feet are amazing. The feet contain a quarter of the bones in the body. Each foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 tendons. But like the rest of the body, feet eventually begin to feel the effects of daily wear and tear. Foot problems are common in women, particularly with advancing age. (Medical News Today)
Heel pain: The cause is stretching or tearing of the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot (plantar fascia). Pain can worsen with lack of proper arch and heel support. Ice massage, gentle stretching of the arches, and arch-support inserts can help relieve tension. Splinting or physical therapy could be recommended, too.

My feet have been a constant source of pain throughout my life. I have always struggled with dry skin and eczema. My feet peel and crack and throb. To add insult to injury my Bill Pullman look a like foot doctor says I have plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. The x-rays of my feet totally fascinated me... all except for the parts of bone that really should not be there. The inside of my feet look like a rooster claw. Doctor gives me advice for treatment of these problems and then suggests cortisone shots for immediate relief. OUCH!!! He sprayed some icy concoction on my feet to numb them (yeah right) and gave me a shot in each foot. I thought I was going to grind my teeth to stumps, I am no wimp, however, those shots hurt like heck!

Sooooo....some other suggestions for foot care namely the dry skin and cracking of my heels....use tons of this very expensive emollient and then wrap feet in plastic garbage bags...who pray tell could sleep in plastic garbage bags? My husband's snoring already wakes me up. I could just imagine the rattling of plastic bags as I roll over. Not to mention...How sexy is that???

Next up, what type of shoes shall I wear??? Browsing online first, because my feet hurt and I don't want to walk from store to store, I searched for shoes with arch support and shoes with heel support...let me tell you, I do not buy cheap shoes but some of the prices on these "support" shoes will make you cry in pain for sure. I love shoes, all kinds, you might say I have a shoe problem. The many, many shoes in my closet are lonely because I can't wear them right now. So I must buy new shoes, correct? Is is possible to find shoes that make my feet happy but are not just plain fugly?

Here my friends are a few options....




And these my friends are the cute ones....

I have my standbys of Birkenstocks and Danskos however they just don't look right with everything! My New Balance Fitness shoes will look kind of cheesy with a "Sunday" dress. I have heard it said that you must suffer for beauty...WHY???? I know the cutest, most comfortable shoes are out there somewhere! In the meantime, I bought some bright orangy polish for my toenails. I am off to do some physical therapy, self inflicted variety, on my feet and tell my feet that I do appreciate them for supporting me and I will take care of them and they can pay me back by being pretty and not hurting! Did I mention I am insanely envious of anyone with "good" feet.

10 comments:

Michelle said...

you didnt say fugly.....

scchesleys said...

Yep she did.

Anonymous said...

My feet are the best thing about me!

persistentillusion said...

Please, I beg you...no crocs!

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

You said it all! I've had eight surgeries on my feet. The right foot is now very comfortable. The left still hurts!

Candeez said...

If you can walk in them without pain, who cares what they look like!

Connie said...

Did I say fugly??? Must be a typo?

8 surgeries...Oh My!!!

Jayne said...

Connie, I bought a pair of apple green Rainbows yesterday at the suggestion of my cute, young, stylish niece. These have a triple sole so they aren't as flat as other flip flops, and there's a nice arch support. If you want something a little glitzier, they have some with rhinestones.

T and R Selzer said...

I found this post particularly interesting seeing as I do pedicures all day long. I don't have a foot fetish, but I am amazed at the idea of reflexology particularly as it relates to feet. Take care of your feet!

curlywurlygurly said...

once summer rolls around, it's flip flops for me. flip flops with beads or jewels if i need to dress up. i wear addidas soccer slides in the winter with socks--a very sexy look indeed. and converse.

have you tried doc martens? i love them...and they have 'bouncing soles.'