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My Left Foot
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NOTE: This entry has a high ick factor. You may wish to avoid it until well after eating.

My left foot hates me. So does my right foot. I am rapidly learning just how much this is so and beginning to hate them right back.

For about two years my feet would ache a lot, especially after they were rested for a while. Because of this I tried not to walk too much because it was painful. shnetti and ang_grrr have both seen me practically begging to go home instead of walking to whatever site of interest everyone wanted to see because of this.

I did some web searching and self diagnosed plantar fasciitis. I later saw a physiotherapist for shoulder problems and mentioned the foot problems. Before I knew it the diagnosis was confirmed, I got foot casts and some physio on my feet and shelled out for orthotics which are expensive plastic foot supports moulded to make my feet stop pronating. They work. I no longer get a stab of pain when I get out of bed every day and I don't have to hobble downstairs supporting most of my weigh on a combination of my arms, shelves and bannisters.

Theoretically I should now be able to wander around to my heart's content, pain free. It doesn't quite work like that. Not unless you take the interpretation of "pain free" that means you don't pay for the pain. But it's not the aching, it's the blisters.

I have annoying skin that blisters very easily. Sharpen three pencils and I have a blister on my finger and thumb. Walk a mile and my feet start growing randomly placed blisters. And it's not that my shoes don't fit, they're fine for anything less than a mile. But I have to walk because it's how I get to work. And it's good exercise.

Different footwear gives me different blisters. I've found the best way of handling them is to burst them, wait for them to dry out and remove the top layer of dead skin. Unfortunately, this kind of depends on giving them time to heal a bit before walking another mile and I'm doing somewhere around 3 or 4 miles a day at the moment.

The blister run down:

One each on the edge of the big toe that meets the shoe. Not really problematic, the skin there is thick and the blisters are deeps and barely noticeable.

One each on the back of each heel just above where the foot meets the orthotics. As with the toes, these aren't really an issue.

One on the inside edge of my right foot, just below the big toe. Slightly painful.

One on the bottom of my foot just down from the space between the big toe and the one next to it. Visibly noticable but not hurting at all.

One on the tip of my right little toe - very painful, and another on the toe next to it that appears to be there to keep it company rather than to cause me pain.

And then there's the really nasty one on my left foot. Between the big toe and the one next to it and extending down onto the ball of the foot. Very painful. When it develops with every step I can feel it getting bigger. When I burst it it gives relief, although it stings and under normal circumstances all would be well. But it keeps coming back! The raw skin under the blister got a blister, and when I released the liquid contents the space underneath it grew yet another blister. It's horrible. I've got blistered blisters! The same thing is happening with the one on the right little toe. I've tried plasters, I've tried different footwear, I've tried salve - no joy.

So this morning I took to my bike to minimise the walking. My legs feel like jelly.

That is the story of the blisters. There is more - there's thick and cracked skin on the heels, and odd boney lumps on the back of my feet. But those I can live with. The blisters are the current bane of my existence and I'm tired of limping.

Stupid feet.
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My sympathies, and also a little bit of *gulp*. I
seem to remember us comparing our horrible feet when
you were here and we could relate to each other's
misery but now, I'm sorry to say, I think it sounds
like you're "winning".

Plantar fasciitis, eh? Think I'll have to go look
that up.

Congrats on your new house, BTW (feels like I missed
the other thread!). Don't even think of walking to
work from home until they move your work to home! ;-)

Have you tried Compeed? I use them when breaking in new hiking boots, and Mary uses them a lot too... They seem to work very well indeed.

Nope, but I just found something comparable at Boots which I'm going to try so thanks for the pointer. And if these fail I'll order some of those.

I sympathize. I walk a lot too, but I don't blister easily. I once had a pair of trainers that took the skin off the top of my toe. Walking was agony for a while. I did have a very good reason for not replacing them with more comfortable footwear, but I forget what it was.

I had a ganglion in my wrist for a while, too. It eventually just sort of disappeared by itself. Don't let these things worry you unduly.

Congratulations on a successful move.

I had plantar fascitis for a while, and one of the things my doctor told me was to never go barefoot. Which probably means I need to go find a pair of non-sheepskin slippers. It topped out at 91 F (which is 33 in civilized units) today. Two weeks ago I was in Minneapolis and it was snowing, heavily; now I have the air conditioner on.

Sorry. Anyway, if your doctor didn't mention that, you might ask. I know that treatment varies from case to case--my doctor was happy to learn that I never wore heels, but someone else I spoke to had been told to wear heels, not flats.

well, poor you :( I empathise, I have in the past, driven people crazy with foot moans when walking. Once again I feel the need to rave about the amazing healing powers of lavender oil. Rub it on neat, it's awesome, truly. And I have read in several places about not wearing the same shoes two days in a row, but then I'm sure that you do that already...I've found too that the sort of socks that I wear can play a big part, but then you probably know that too. Wear one pair of shoes to walk in and change into another pair that you leave in work?? Soz, this all probably like coals to Newcastle...

Hello, haven't seen you round these parts for a while!

I wear different shoes in the office. I walk in my trainers because they cause the least blisters but work have decided on a no-trainers, no-jeans, no-anything-comfortable policy in the office (hmm, shades of rec.arts.sf.fandom threads in this discussion, suddenly...)

I find thicker socks help. Sometimes. It varies. But lavender oil, huh? Might give it a try - but first I need to know where I can get the stuff. Recommendations?

Holland and Barrett or any decent health shop, [it has to be the pure essential oil.] It is anti-viral, anti-fungal/spasmodic/septic etc etc U name it, it helps, and is one of only two essential oils that can be used neat on the skin. "No home should be without it" you can gargle with a bit of it to help sore throats, put 8-10 drops in the bath to calm you down or soothe somet sore, rub it on stuff, oh my, you got me started!! Do a solution of 10mls water to 10 mls witch hazel with 5 drops of lavender and apply it to your tootsies with a cotton pad, feels like heaven when they're sore.
Those re-inforced sport socks [if that makes sense] are pretty good? [When I finally got around to splashing out on some timberlands here I wore regular socks under long sport socks and they didnt give me blisters, a miracle.]

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