I questioned writing this post because I've used my own foot as an example. I'm not having a pity party but hopefully offering a solution to the many who have an inherited bunion and find it difficult to find comfortable shoes. Ive struggled for years trying to squish one not so normal foot into shoes that are just the wrong shape & width. I'm sorry if this whole conversation grosses you out. This is as far removed from my usual subject matter as you can get but when you find something that you've looked long and hard for and by a miracle it comes in your width and accommodates your orthotics then by goodness its news worth sharing with others, especially women like me. I say "especially women" because men shoes seem to come in an infinite array of widths and they are usually high sided enough to accommodate even the highest orthotic.
If you make it all the way to the end then there's a question i need help with.
There are other brands of shoes for orthotics and widths and in the past ive had them. There is a great brand called Ziera (previously known as Kumfs). Check them out here.
They are really pretty aren't they.
Over the years my foot has warped in two directions from two separate anomalies. The back half is rotating to the right due to an extreme pronation of the foot but also an inherited bone abnormality in my ankle. The top half, due to the bunion, has swung around to the left and my toes (and therefore the bones) are at 45 degrees. Both feet are completely flat. The xrays are crazy. Now try to imagine those pretty shoes with these inside them.
|Gosh they look awful in a photo, but you try your own.|
OK, enough gross photos, lets see the solution.
The manufacturer is Saucony and I buy them from my local Athlete's Foot. Now that's an oxymoron. Really, do these look like athlete's feet.
Women's Grid Integrity ST2 (EE) Width
The only problem is that the orthotics take up so much space inside the shoe that there is not enough room for my foot. It was slipping out and so, my friends, we introduce those two little holes up the top which no one seems to know what to do with. I know that Ive never been shown before and i have always bought from stores that specialised in "Fitting" shoes. It really makes a difference and i was shown by my podiatrist.
How to lace your shoes to get better support using the top holes.
So what's the price? I paid somewhere around $180 for the shoes. Add the orthotics which are obviously custom made from moulds and I'm walking around in $800 footwear. Gulp! Because i wear them everyday, they are only good for about six months as the support in the heal and base wears out.
So what happens when i take my shoes off? Well lets say, its not the most elegant walk. I try to wear them for most of my waking hours but when you first get up in the morning or are going to bed i look like I'm a 90 years old. Solution? Surgery. Two separate major reconstructive surgeries and given that i no longer have private health cover will probably be years away. I have appointment with a surgeon next week. Its all rather scary and i have a lot of weight to lose but at the moment only one foot works properly. I can stand on it and walk on it but it actually doesn't do anything. I cant make those toes bend and i cant rotate my ankle no matter how hard i try. I have exercises to do daily, mentally staring at them and telling them to bend. Guess what, it works, because in a few weeks Ive managed to get them to slightly move.
Here is the problem. I have two weddings coming up and i have two pairs of shoes. This in white, and in black. What on earth am i supposed to wear that goes with runners?
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