Tuesday, June 2, 2015

My Feet

Since I was about 14, I've had problems with my feet.  First off, they smell terrible.  Much worse than average.  My armpits only smell bad when I've gone a few days without a shower, but make sure you aren't around when I take my shoes off.

I had a lot of trouble with ingrown toenails in high school.  They hurt, they got infected, and they made my gross feet even grosser.  I had four or five surgeries to fix the problem, all of which ended with a prescription for Tylenol 3, which is a little heavier duty than the over the counter stuff.  My left big toenail is permanently jacked up from the podiatrist killing the nailed on the borders.  It kinda looks like a claw now.

My feet are also abnormally wide.  On some shoes, I can squeak I to a size 12 EEEE.  I hate how hard it is to find shoes.  It's so hard.

I'm pretty sure being overweight is what turned my feet into pancakes.  I'm also pretty sure they're always going to be wide and gross, and I'm okay with that.

What I'm not okay with is how much pain they've been in lately.  Seriously, they ache all the time.  When I wake up in the morning they are screaming at me not to put weight on them.  It gets better after I stretch them out for a little bit, but it totally sucks.  Totally sucks.

So I switched shoes, I'm trying to stay off my feet whenever I can, I'm using a little foot massaging robot I got for Claire when she was pregnant.  Nothing seems to be working.  I know the answer is lose weight, but it's kind of a catch-22 because I need to be really careful about how my exercise is impacting my tootsies.

I've suspected for a while that I have a short window before my weight starts seriously impacting my quality of life.  Right now (for the most part) I can do anything someone half my weight can do.  I may have to slow down for some of it, but overall, I'm pretty healthy.  This is going to change and it's going to be bad unless I can get my house in order.

Feet, I promise to treat you better from here on out.

1 comment:

  1. I had the same problem a few years back. It took about 15 minutes in the morning before I could walk without wincing and limping and my feet always hurt. I ended up investing in an obscenely expensive pair of shoes (Finn Comfort) but it really helped. I think these kind of foot problems are not uncommon and they sure put a damper on quality of life. Even a good pair of inserts ( Schuler Shoes has them) might do the trick.