Walking into comfort

I really suffer with foot pain – years of wearing silly shoes, followed by walking miles and miles each day when I worked in a busy supermarket and then crushing my foot under a pallet of carrier bags (yes really) have really taken there toll and I now suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis.

It got so bad when I was working at Tesco that I could barely walk and I had to have cortisone injections in my feet just so I could walk up the aisle when I got married.  It also mean’t that I had to leave the job I loved as I just couldn’t walk the sort of distances required on a daily basis.

I am not sure if the pain has lessened over the years or if I have just got used to it.  There are days when I literally beg hubby to give me a foot massage, which is a task he is less than keen on and I cannot wear heels at all.

My Ugly Feet
There are a few things that have helped me manage the pain without having to take medication.

I was introduced to fit flops when I went for a fishy pedicure a couple of years ago as the lady who was treating us had a pair and told me how they had eliminated her foot pain.  I have to say I was skeptical but they really do help by spreading the weight out across the entire foot.  The only thing I dislike about them is they don’t do “pretty” evening style shoes.  Fit flops are great for the summer but I cannot wear them once the temperature drops.

I have to say I am gutted that all the places offering fishy pedicures have disappeared, as this really used to help too.  I am not sure how or why, but I was really relaxed afterwards and think it may be because the fish stimulated the blood flow which reduced the swelling.

Anyway, I digress, I have heard good things about Vionic Orthaheel technology which really supports the foot and helps realign the lower leg and improve posture.  What’s more they actually do some pretty shoes – not skyscraper heels, but shoes that you could wear with a dress and they wouldn’t look clumpy and out of place.

Simply Feet offer a wide range of shoes with orthotic support as well as footcare products for all sorts of problems ranging from cracked heels to plantar facilitis.  I have had a good nosey around their website and there are so many things i want to try as my feet are certainly more painful now than they have been for a while.

Do you have foot pain – is there any tips or tricks you use to help relieve it?

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