Walking, feet, and shoes!
The new school year has started for me, and that means I'm being forced to be active! (not active at all really, but I do have to walk around some.) Unfortunately, I've found walking has gotten a lot more difficult for me. When someone asks me to stand up, I can hardly concentrate on anything but when I'll get to sit back down. Standing didn't used to be a problem, but it also depends on how long I have to stand. I tend to stand on the outer sides of my feet a lot.
Speaking of feet... CMT feet facts:
High arches are highly common in CMT, and are often the first sign that someone has it. However, "flat feet" are occasionally seen.
"Hammer toes" can also occur in someone with CMT: "A hammer toe is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, so that it resembles a hammer. Initially, hammer toes are flexible and can be corrected with simple measures but, if left untreated, they can become fixed and require surgery.
People with hammer toe may have corns or calluses on the top of the middle joint of the toe or on the tip of the toe. They may also feel pain in their toes or feet and have difficulty finding comfortable shoes. "
My feet are pretty good examples of CMT feet. I have very high arches, and toes that are trying to become hammer toes, but I won't let them!
Now, I blame my walking troubles partly on shoes. When I'm not wearing them I can walk much easier (with less falling troubles/worries), so they have to play a part. Shoe shopping is a dread for me. My feet are very hard to fit, and a lot of shoes with high heels or no heel support I just can't walk in without falling head first! I've started to get used to the fact that I'll never be able to wear beautiful strappy heels, but I still need to find shoes that work for me. A lot of shoes recommended for me are, well, "not stylish" to say the least. Hey, I'm a teenage girl, I have to have some standards, right? I've come to the conclusion that my problems with walking in shoes are due to two things (mainly). 1) The slight heels in my current shoes and 2) the fact that I think I've lost some feeling in the bottom of my feet. I can feel the floor below me a lot better without a shoe platform separating my foot from the floor. So here's what I've come up with: Slipper shoes! Basically like slippers/swimming shoes, that cling to the foot and are thin on the bottom, but still offer basic protection. Now I just need to find them :)
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