I’ve got foot problems. My grandfather had flat feet, and guess whose genes passed that happy physical issue on? Of course, of all the grandchildren I’m the only one with flat feet. Consequently, my feet are wide, but not only that, my left foot is a size seven-and-a-half, and my right foot is a size seven. I buy size seven-and-a-half shoes and hope that my right foot doesn’t step right out of it. It’s been a lot of fun over the years. I’ve hardly ever gotten to have those fancy, pretty shoes, mine are all sensible and wearable – boring!
However, in my twenties I had some inserts made that I still use at least three times a week to help with my flat feet. While these inserts still work, at some point in the future I will have to have new ones made (they are quite old, after all). I only hope that I’ll be able to afford it. I did go to a podiatrist about eight years ago regarding my big toe. It was giving more grief than usual and the pain was getting intense. He said that the only thing to do would be to break my toe, and put a tiny little rod in it. If we did that, I’d never bend my toe again! That of course, was unacceptable as far as I was concerned (and it still is). There would be no more downward facing dogs, or other Yoga poses I love. I’d walk with a limp, etc. etc. That is not happening. So, even though my toe hurts, I walked over 900 miles last year, and am on course to walk over 1,000 this year. How do I do it? I use pads in my shoes. Yes, that’s all. I really should be soaking my feet and thanking them for all the work they do for me. As a matter of fact, that’s what we all should be doing. Thanking and taking care of our feet. Where would we be without them?
Below I’ve left a link that explains about the anatomy of the foot in some detail if you’re interested.
Here are a few links regarding the care of your feet. Please take care of your feet. They are so important!