Tuesday, August 28, 2012

My Weird, Ugly Toes - Final Chapter

I started to use Chapter Two in the title, but I didn't want readers to think OMG, how many chapters is she going to write about this?! 

So.....I've had ugly toes all my life, as well as flat feet! Sometimes I wonder how my little Size 6 feet manage to carry around my not-exactly-petite weight. Sometimes I put arch-supports in my shoes, if they'll fit inside them, which usually doesn't happen.

You know how "normal" footprints leave a shape like this:

Google photo

Mine leave a "sort of" foot-shaped blob, with weird toe indentations, kind of like this:

Google photo


Now, the reason for writing about my toes/feet. Since I'm so short, many times my feet don't touch the floor when I sit. It all depends on the kind of chair, the height of the chair, and how far back I sit, etc. When I'm at my desk, using my laptop, I'm sitting on a wooden kitchen chair. The most comfortable position is to rest my feet on the horizontal wooden bar underneath the seat. I almost always have on some kind of shoes. This summer it's usually sandals. But Saturday night, I sat here for hours, typing away on my memoir, in my bare feet. I must've curled my already curly toes around the wooden bar and there they stayed for those hours. When I got up, pushing my chair back, I had excruciating pain in the second to the last toe on my left foot. At first I thought it was a charlie horse, but it didn't go away and the more I walked on it, the worse it felt. I have no idea exactly what the problem is, but I'm still limping around today, and I need to do some errands. Anyone have any ideas??  

I apologize if my readers had wild ideas about the podiatrist and me, and wanted to read all about it, because nothing happened, other than him giving me a prescription (which worked really well), AND him telling me that I "could have surgery to get those fixed" if I wanted to. I've considered it off and on for years, but until I can't walk or stand correctly anymore, I won't have it done. And besides, if I was going to spend a lot of money on any kind of cosmetic surgery, I'd begin with my face! 

"It's just my imagination. Some people have flat feet. Some people have dandruff. I have this appalling imagination..."  actor Tom Ewell, as Richard Sherman in The Seven Year Itch.


  1. Ouch. Much sympathy. I do sometimes get muscle spasms in my feet/legs/arms/bladder. If the spasms are particularly vile it can feel as if the part in question is badly bruised and it can hurt for a few days. Not a doctor though (much cheaper than one for starters). If it continues it might be worth seeing your medico.

  2. EC, thanks so much for the info. Yes, my toe feels badly bruised, yet there is no coloring on it. I'll let you know later if I'm still hobbling around!

  3. It's amazing how much we take for granted... just recently had to deal with not being able to walk without it hurting, so I feel your pain. Now that I'm actually exercising, that seems to help.

  4. Like Lynn, I too have had pain with walking...like you, not sure what happened. Sudden pain in foot, slightly better now but it has been two months!

  5. Ouch! I've got ok toes but bad arches! Feet are a pain when they hurt! hugs, Linda

  6. I wonder what happened? Maybe it went to sleep and then you hurt it when you stood up somehow.

  7. That's exactly what I told my dentist! haha

  8. My husband has... ummm... arch challenged feet, too.

    He's had to get some supports made for his shoes at the foot doctor.

    He says things feel a lot better now.

    They do some kind of stride diagnosis and then made these hard rubber things for his shoes.

    I hope your feet feel better!

    That seems like a hard thing to deal with!

  9. I was coming by to say hello and got your toes! lol sandie

  10. You are so unique!

    When my sister was ten, I told her she had boy toes. She cried. Then she held a grudge. I couldn't help it. She really did have boy toes. She had no business wearing those strappy silver sandals. With boy toes.

  11. I thought you were going to say that you had surgery and got them fixed.

    Might be worth considering if they are starting to cause you problems.



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