Many women, it seems, have a love affair with shoes. Not me. In fact, I don't know if shoes even rate as my friends. It has been years since I have looked longingly at a pair of shoes. Rather than looking at them for their beauty and style, I now see them for the pain they will afflict on my feet. Even now, when my body is feeling better than it has in a long time, my feet feel the pain that comes from combining rheumatoid arthritis with a pair of shoes.
Although not necessarily my friends, I have found a few pairs of shoes that have become companions that I can rely on. These simple pairs of shoes can be worn knowing that the pain won't be as extreme as with other shoes. I found my first pair in 2008 after my husband found me crying at the computer. I was sure I was destined for a life of "grandma" shoes. His search found something different. He found a shoe store in the Chicago area that specializes in or...
Most of us know that foot health is very important in diabetes care! David Mendosa has written about the seriousness of foot ulcers and Joan has written about caring for your tender tootsies . Last week, Diabetesmine addressed the issue of myth vs reality .
I spent some time talking with a friend, who is also a podiatrist; about what she thought was the right answer for caring for diabetic feet. According to APMA , American Podiatric Medical Association, diabetes and proper foot care amount to huge pay off:
More than 65,000 lower limbs are amputated annually due to complications due to diabetes.
After an amputation, the chance for another amputation within three to five years is as high as 50 percent.
Including a podiatrist in your diabetes care can reduce the risk of lower limb amputation up to 85 percent.
Care by today’s podiatrist can lower the risk of hospitalization by 24 percent for those with diabetes.
Rheumatoid arthritis gets blamed for a lot of my aches and pains and although I know that it plays a huge part in this recent round of foot pain, I have decided to give RA a break from the constant blame and instead put the blame of my foot pain on my SHOES.
Last December, I received a pair of minimalist shoes for Christmas and began an experiment with the chronic pain in my feet. Basically the experiment was to get my feet out of supportive shoes as much as possible and build up some strength and muscle in my feet and ankles to see if it reduced the pain in my feet. I started off by wearing my Vibram Five Fingers when I worked out. Then I slowly transitioned to not wearing shoes at all when I worked out. When the weather warmed up in April, I began wearing my Vibram Five Fingers on my daily walks. Soon, I was walking half the walk in VFF and half of the walk barefoot. I LOVED It!!!
Since I am off work for several m...
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