Walk in my shoes, or perhaps not

I didn’t sleep very well last night. Although I was anxious about today’s vet visit, it wasn’t that which kept me awake. It was pain.

I first noticed a problem in the afternoon when I stood up and my foot hurt.  I hadn’t twisted it, though that’s what it felt like, and when I took my slippers and socks off, there was no swelling. I prodded and poked it, turned, and flexed it, and in certain positions, it hurt………….. a lot………. so the logical thing to do is not to twist/turn/flex it that way.

Walking the dog was painful. Not to the extent of needing a stick or crutches, but every step was an effort and catch my balance wrong, well, I was limping by the time I got home.
The cream I use on my hands for my arthritis is aspirin based and damn good stuff, so I applied some of that and kept my feet up until the next walk.
It was better, but not good.
By bedtime, Hubby and I were majorly compatible as he is always in constant pain and I was a close second.
The result was I couldn’t get comfy in bed, and tossing and turning didn’t help much, so I had a pretty restless night. Maggie on the other hand was stretched diagonally snoring her head off having kindly given me four inches of mattress on the window side.
First thing this morning I took some paracetamol and it’s helped.

I know what the problem is now. Process of elimination and common sense really.
For short walks, both of us wear these.

Ours aren’t a branded make, just a cheap pair of crocs which are ideal for walking down the garden instead of wearing slippers.
The problem is there is no foot or ankle support and the straps are uncomfortable for me if I wear them behind my heel as Hubby does. But they are easy to get on and off and when you’re in a hurry, hot and bothered, or have an excited dog bouncing in your face and yanking your arm out of its socket as she’s tangled herself up with you and her lead, well, it’s an easy option.
Photo: July 2017

Being plastic, they also have no weight, or sole thickness, so when they’re wearing out, you feel every stone, hump and bump in the pavement, and as our pavements nearly all have a camber on them, well, Bingo, Bob’s your Uncle, there’s the ‘twist’.

Getting old sucks. It was bad enough nearly falling flat on my face the last time I tried to wear heels for my niece’s wedding three years ago and ended up wearing a pair of nurse’s mules, sadly a stockist for which I can no longer find.
This is me also in July 2017 in my posh frock (Maggie’s bow was a good match as she went to the wedding too) which I haven’t worn since as I actually have no shoes to go with it!
So today, I have worn my trainers every time when I’ve gone out walking, and the pain has eased considerably.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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34 Responses to Walk in my shoes, or perhaps not

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    I feel your pain. My knee and back have been driving me mad. Glad you seem to have figured yours out.

    • I have that too, which can be aggravated by my current problem. I just get stiff from sitting too long or if I’m making cards, bending over the table as I work. Any painkillers work?

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Same here when I sit too long or spend too much time hunched over my computer. Tried rapid release Tylenol, which worked for a while but then stopped working completely. Switched to Advil, which is more effective. Not pain free completely yet but I am no longer counting the time to my next pill which is an improvement for sure. In the case of my knee I’m pretty sure the only solution is surgery which I have been trying to avoid. Because it’s what is considered “elective” I am waiting until I feel better about going to doctors, for x-rays and even hospitals right now — unless it becomes unbearable.

      • With you on the hospital front………… you’re safer at home if the UK is anything to go by!
        Paracetamol works for me, and was actually the only thing I needed after my surgery, so I guess I was really lucky. The aspirin based cream is MOVELAT and brilliant for my hands and my knee.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Our government, both federal and local, have been dealing with this pandemic brilliantly. But we’re far from “flattening the curve” and I feel exactly the way you do about hospitals right now. A friend of mine gave me a cream to use — sounds somewhat like what you’re using. I haven’t tried it yet, but I will. Thanks Di.

      • The stuff I use is really good and you don’t need a lot. I use it for my hands, and the irony is I’m supposed to wash my hands after application!! LOL
        Hope the cream you have works for you.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Thanks. If it doesn’t I’m going to check to see if we have what you’re using in Canada.

      • I originally got it on prescription but it’s now available over the counter.
        These are the details on the box:
        MOVELAT Cream
        Active ingredients: mucopolysaccharide polyslfate (MPS), salicylic acid>
        Also contains glycerol (85%) stearic acid, anhydrous eucerine, myristyl alcohol, emulsifying cetostearyl alcohol, ethanolamine, thymol, isopropy; alcohol, purified water/
        Marketing Authorisation Holder is Genus Pharmaceuticals, but I have a UK address.
        Manufacturer : Mobilat Produktions GmBH
        STADA Arzneimittel AG
        Hope this helps in you finding either it or something similar.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Thanks so much ❤️. The pills you take are Tylenol here. The cream isn’t available here, but now that I have all this info I will look for something similar.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Thank you!!!

      • Kate has come back with this if you didn’t see it Fransi: I’ve copied her comment below:
        BTW I use a cream with Lidocaine and it’s wonderful. Especially good for my back when it spasms.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Oh, thank you so much Di. That also sounds promising and I will check it out. And thank you Kate.

  2. colinandray says:

    I used to do a lot of long distance running, and also coached a long distance running group. I can vouch for shoes being designed with a specific purpose in mind, unless they are inexpensive which is a general statement that they will do everything … but do nothing very well. Our feet move quite differently when (e.g.) playing tennis vs running vs walking. Even within a design (i.e. running),, our body proportions, flexibility, structure etc. may suggest a shoe designed for motion control, or to enhance stability. A very light weight shoe tends to do nothing except enhance performance due to its weight. Shoes purchased based on the knowledge of what you will be wearing them for, together with adjustments for any muscle imbalances, leg length discrepancy, overall weight etc will not be cheap …. but can save the wearer from a lot of potential problems.

    I found out the hard way that a leg length discrepancy was being “naturally” adjusted by my body by dropping the hip on one side. I would never have known if I had not been training for a marathon. However, as perfectly formed as we may have been when born, our growing years with falling off our bikes and all manner of other accidents, can really impact our overall structure later. Good fitting shoes that are designed for our purpose is so important.

    • With you all the way Colin, which is why I pay extra for trainers designed more for walking than running. Gone are my stiletto days!
      Hope you, Carol and Ray are all OK.

      • colinandray says:

        Other than Ray, who is confused because we don’t allow him to “say hello” to people now, we’re fine thanks Di. Let’s hope that we can all stay that way! 🙂

      • Poor Ray. Big hugs and treats if allowed from me by proxy. There are a lot of dogs locally that are equally confused because they can’t be petted by walkers who used to make a fuss of them. It’s one of the things I find hard when walking because I used to fuss all of them.

  3. I’m with Ray on this too. I haven’t ever been able to wear Crocs without discomfort. They were very popular a few years back and are great for garden work since you rinse them off. Even then I end up with sore feet. Now I mostly wear sneakers (maybe that’s what you call trainers) because I walk a lot and it’s easier to have them on all the time then to put them on and off. It’s always something isn’t it? Getting old isn’t for sissies.

    • BTW I use a cream with Lidocaine and it’s wonderful. Especially good for my back when it spasms.

    • I’ve always bought a good quality pair of trainers within my budget and I wear them until they literally fall off my feet. I was given the pair I;m wearing now which are about 4 times the price of what I usually pay (my neighbour’s late husband wore the same size as me and they were brand new) but a year on and they’re still going strong, so when I come to replace them, I might pay the extra as it’s more cost effective than buying 3 or 4 pairs a year, especially as I hate shoe shopping!

  4. Sadje says:

    You got to the right diagnosis. A suitable footwear is essential.

  5. So pleased the pain has eased. I have to be so careful what shoes I use.

  6. murisopsis says:

    I hear you! I have several different pairs of shoes that are fine for just strolling around the house or for a quick trip to the grocery. When we go for walks I have to wear sturdy walking shoes or my tennis shoes (trainers) or I have foot cramps and heel pain…

  7. willowdot21 says:

    Hi Di, sorry about your feet glad you have done the Sherlock Holmes common sense process of elimination and solved the problem. I hope Maggie’s visit to the vets was good. I live that dress you wore to the wedding very fetching as mum would of said. …. I have been absent without leave since 4th June but this will explain. https://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2020/06/16/what-day-is-it-anyway/

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