My foot pain lessoned significantly when I bought my first pair of “toning” shoes, the kind with a thick arch and smaller heel so that the heel with the bone spur isn’t really striking the ground. I don’t always have time to do the exercises and stretches that I need to do to keep my foot pain to a minimum during an acute flare of plantar fasciitis, so I need all the help I can get. The Osteo-BiFlex helps, too, but danged if I can afford it anymore. If I kept doing the exercises and stretches maybe I wouldn’t GET acute flares, but you know how it is. The pain leaves and life is wonderful and there is SO MUCH that needs to be done that was neglected before. It doesn’t help that all the things that I need to do during a flare of foot pain takes me lots longer and cuts even more time out of my day!
When my foot pain returned with a vengeance after long, long hours on my feet, I felt as close to despair as I am constitutionally able. I threw my shoes in the washer to remove the smell of sheep urine and lanolin. They came out of the drier looking, well, pretty ratty. Hmmmmmm. Maybe I just needed new shoes because the old ones were too worn!
So, I took my broke self off to the shoe store and spent my last few dollars on another pair of toning shoes. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. I’m still feeling sore at the end of a long day, but I’m no longer contemplating how much easier life would be if I could just have my feet amputated.