I know . . no one comes here to read about my aching feet but this is something that might help someone else . . though I’m no doctor.
A while back, a reader had recommended some inserts for my shoes. I ordered them and they helped some but after wearing them for a few months, I began having hip problems. Old age – one thing gets better and something else goes wrong, right?
I stopped wearing the inserts unless I know I’m going to be standing a lot – like four hours or more. With all the cross stitching, there’s been a lot more sitting than standing.
Tuesday Vince opened the door and yelled “Come here!” I said “Let me get my shoes on.” You know how I am. I couldn’t find my flip flops. I actully have a pair of Crocs flip flops that don’t feel too bad on my feet. I couldn’t find my pink Crocs that I wear in the garden and I couldn’t find my tennis shoes. Usually the flip flops are wherever I take them off . . in the middle of the floor in the way. The pink Crocs stay in the garage and the tennis shoes are almost always in the closet. Nope . . nothing was where it was supposed to be. I knew he was going to be getting frustrated that I hadn’t gone outside yet so I went into the closet to see what else I could find and I found these.
I picked them up, thought “cork”! I have no idea when or where I bought these shoes but obviously, they have never been worn. I put them on and thought . . these are HARD! I know – they look like boats but honestly, I wear a size 7 shoe.
I guess Sole is the brand. I ended up wearing them all day Wednesday and all day yesterday and when I took them off last night and walked across the wood floor to go take my shower, I had no foot pain. Usually when I have no shoes on and I cross the carpet and take that first stop onto the wood floor, I want to scream. No matter how slowly or how carefully I put the right foot down, it’s painful. After that first step, it’s never comfortable on hard floors but it isn’t terribly painful.
This morning I googled “best shoes for women with plantar fasciitis”. Several brands came up over and over. Sole was not one of them but I’m pretty pleased with my results after only two days of wearing them.
Vionic was one of the brands that came up often. Probably 5 or 6 years ago I was seeing a podiatrist for foot pain. A few years before, I had fractured a metatarsal bone and from time to time, that area hurts. Anyway, I went to a podiatrist in Abilene and she did x-rays, had me take physical therapy and recommended I wear Vionic flip flops “if I had to wear flip flops”. She was fine with the tennis shoes I was wearing but probably no podiatrist likes flip flops. When we were in Texas, I’d go out with the dog, go check on the chickens, go get eggs, go pick rosemary, go move the spinkler . . I was in and out 100 times a day. We didn’t wear the same shoes inside that we wore outside because of tracking in grass burs so I would slip on flip flops to go outside, then take them off on the porch and put them in a box so I didn’t track grass burrs in. I wasn’t going to stop and lace up a pair of tennis shoes every time I went outside.
The Vionic flip flops were fine but they were a little pricey for stepping in chicken poop and mud after having watered the garden so they didn’t get a lot of use but . . the metatarsal problem hasn’t caused me much problem lately. All that to say, I am somewhat familiar with Vionic shoes.
One of the websites I came across had all kinds of shoes listed that were recommended for plantar fasciitis – best running shoe (no), best dancing shoe (no), best heels (no). Finally came to best shoes for every day use and it was a pair of Vionic tennis shoes so I ordered those. I was going to order a pair of leather loafer looking shoes (not Vionic but recommended) and then I figured . . I so rarely wear dress shoes, I have plenty I can wear for a couple of hours twice a year so I didn’t need those. I ordered a pair of Vionic house slippers. With winter coming, I’ll need something to keep my toes warm AND if I have shoes on when I’m with Boots, he’s less likely to bite my goes.
By the way, the the pink Crocks AND the flip flops were at the downstairs garage door, which we’ve never really used til Vince got his shop and cleaned out the downstairs garage. I guess I wore the Crocs and left them down there, then wore the flip flops and left them down there. The tennis shoes were in the basement bedroom. I took a nap down there Tuesday and I guess I wore them down there, took them off when I went to bed and didn’t bring them back up.
It’s funny that I’ve had those cork shoes for no telling how long, never wore them and only wore them when my regular three pairs of shoes were missing and now I love them!