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I just bought the ugliest pair of shoes I ever have. - Happy's Obsession
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I just bought the ugliest pair of shoes I ever have.
I just went to Neovita and bought the ugliest pair of shoes I ever have. Why? My feet are killing me. KILLING ME. It's like a hot coal is intermittently burning in the heel of my right foot most of the time, and sometimes in left. And the pain of those first steps in the morning... or after I've been sitting for any length of time, like when I'm on the computer, or even just on the toilet, damn it. It never goes away fully, only down to a dull roar.

Plantar fasciitis? Probably. How desperate & hopeless am I?

I just spent almost $1K on 2 pairs of shoes (tennies & the aforementioned ugliest shoes ever), two "treatment" inserts, two "retainer" inserts, and one pair to slip or velcro into other shoes. Oh, and it came with two pairs of shoe liners, two "bandage" felt heel pads, one "roller ball" to exercise the foot, and a pair of "FAB" straps, to support the arch and fascia at night. Most of the $$ was for the inserts, plus any "follow-up" I need, any replacement or adjustment of the inserts, up to and including "custom-made" ones if I don't recover on their standard ones.

How long until I can expect an improvement? Maybe 6-8 weeks, *if* I follow the "adjustment" (aka breaking in) process properly. I'm sure that gives them leeway if it doesn't work out. And until it is completely better/gone? 12-18 months.

But I'm so desperate and in so much pain... I'm willing to try anything. But I guess I should count my lucky stars. Why?

My grandmother had such twisted feet, she had to buy soft slipper shoes, and stretch them out over time with her twisted knarled shoe trees (which matched her feet) so she could even wear them. Bunions, hammer toes, extreme foot edema... you name it, she had it. My mother? No swollen feet, but multiple bunion surgeries. Both also had carpal tunnel issues (teachers). I knew from the time I was a child I would be cursed with foot issues. I watched and watched, waiting for my foot to turn, my joints to bulge... but they didn't.

I suppose I should be grateful it's just pain.

Current Location: United States, Washington, Seattle
I feel...: sad sad

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sandid From: sandid Date: October 12th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)

I spent six months in a cast during the day. Then went to inserts.

What really helped almost immediately was sleeping in the foot cast that kept my foot flexed during the night. Honestly, the difference walking in the morning was dramatic within two days.

I wore the ugliest shoes I'd ever seen for six months. My feet certainly did feel better.

I've been in regular shoes with no re-occurrence for over a year.

Good luck and speed....
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: October 12th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry you went through it, but it really helps me to have someone I know who's been there. I was getting so depressed, I literally couldn't stop my eyes from "watering" today while I was out at lunch. I felt hopeless.

What type of "cast" did you use to sleep in? I've seen several on-line, but was a bit loathe to try them, as they looked like they'd be uncomfortable in bed. And the big walking cast they gave me when I had problems the last time? Too big for bed, and dirty, too.

I have such a huge collection of shoes, I feel like I'm the girl with the beautiful comb and barrette collection who got alopecia. But while I would like to wear (low) heels again, I'd be ecstatic if I could just be without pain, and not feel so old.

Edited at 2009-10-12 03:28 am (UTC)
sandid From: sandid Date: October 12th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
The sleeping cast was velcro canvas with a hard bottom. The side straps you could adjust the tension and how much you wanted your foot flexed.

Since I'm sometimes and insomniac, i worried about sleeping in it. Truth be told once I was out it didn't matter. It didn't wake me and I slept fine. Worrying for nothing, as usual. lol

Do you have an ace bandage? You might try using it to wrap your foot to your calf. Your foot is flexed and it's not uncomfortable if you don't make the bandage tight.

God, I remember what it was like to walk sometimes. OUCH

and...first steps in the morning ....geeze, it was like I needed a walker. Now you would never know....see, there is HOPE
hsifeng From: hsifeng Date: October 12th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
My office mate has plantar fasciitis, so I know that you are in a lot of pain honey! *hugs* She is on the road to recovery, and has talked to a number of folks who say that complete pain relief is possible if you do everything your doc tells you to.

You *have* been to a doctor…right?
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