And no, I’m not talking fashionista heels, I’m talking about when one side of a pair of good feet decides to go astray. A gazillion years ago, after I had an accident, I was left with a lot of serious injuries. Issues with the pain in one of my feet was basically obscured by the fact that there were a lot of more pressing issues (like how to walk, how to read, how to stop sounding like a person who sounded like it was extraordinarily difficult to form words and sentences and spit them out before everyone saw their next birthday, etc.)
It seems that all that fun and games with the hip rotation problem, the tendons, etc. seem to be related to my old injuries. After my accident I used to get regular bodywork of many varying types, but over a decade later after things stabilized and money started getting scarce, I went into maintenance mode. Apparently it was my body’s way of saying, “hey, it’s my turn to be worked on again, finally!” So off to Jody I went, for several weeks in a row. There’s nothing like searing pain to get your attention, I say!
A month later, I’m moving around more comfortably, although I’m not anywhere as mobile as I normally am. Part of it is that the tendons are inflamed, the heel has inflammation, and as a result of things gone whack, my arch has fallen, making my foot hurt more when that happens. The good news is that the last time I was getting naprapathy and the other amazing things that Jodi does, we seemed to be more focused on my foot versus the hip rotation, so that’s progress.
Since this has all transpired, I’ve taken to wearing my Nike Air shoes as if they were the only pair I own, because they have the best arch supports. Never having before needed arch supports, now I am diligent in not stressing the poor foot anymore than need be, until things are corrected. The doc suggested that I get heel inserts with arch supports, which will help take the stress off my arches and heels. I immediately went home and placed an online order with Footsmart. com, since I just wanted to get off of my feet and not go out again. Besides, I figured that since they are ALL about your feet, this is the best online resource to go to for over the counter solutions.
Necessity is the mother of invention, and Sunday I needed to get a new SD door latch for my phone, so off to T-Mobile I went. Since there was a CVS across the street, I also purchased a few items for my feet. One was just a gel pad for the heel. The other two are more complete solutions shown below.
The silver grey one has some arch support and heel cush, and easily slide into a pair of casual Privos that I have, rendering them completely cushy and more comfortable. These are nice because the fabric allows you to wear cotton socks and still slide your foot into your shoe without having the insert hitch a ride on your 100% cotton socks.
Of the inserts I purchased, the next one was the best of the three partial inserts. It provided the most heel and arch support, which apparently without one the other is somewhat deficient. It doesn’t have the nice fabric lining, and looks like it could be a tight squeeze for a fashionista shoe, but I have to say that this is a seriously nice insert.
Tomorrow when I go to class, I actually am looking forward to the walk to the train station, in the hopes that my feet will be much happier and they won’t be saying things that they shouldn’t be by the time I return home.
On another note, “mi novio” and I finally got together. I was so immobile overall, and so distracted from the extra pain, that I kept telling him to stay home, rest, not come over, etc. I nearly cancelled again but he showed up, and said, “I’m here and you’re stuck with me.” It was difficult to cook (the standing issue) so I tried some greens slaw from Whole Foods, which turned out to not be something either of us liked.
On a happier note, I did get a very, very nice foot massage (both feet)!