A tip for anyone with stiff feet

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Luvzminis
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   Posted 2/28/2018 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
My feet always seem to be somewhat stiff, despite exercise, rest, soaking in warm Epsom salts, etc.. These things all help a bit, but when I'm in a flare (like now!), there's not much improvement. I think, too, that my neuro condition and high arches are part of the problem.

I have a pair of microwavable (non-walking) "slippers" my son bought me some years back. I love them when I get a flare and my feet act up. I take a few minutes throughout the day to microwave them and just sit with my feet in them while I read, sew, etc..

This morning, I discovered that because the slippers are so nice and thick and because I heated them, it's so much easier to "exercise" my touchy feet, without any cramping! I put my feet inside and push my feet into the ground, move them back and forth, and sort of give them a massage without even touching them. My feet now feel better than they have in a long, long time. turn

It didn't take long for them to loosen up. I decided to say my morning Rosary while I had the slippers on, so maybe this was a bit of divine inspiration. smile

Sorry I don't even know what brand the slippers are, but in looking online, they seem a lot like the Herbal Concepts Herbal Slippers. I don't know if it's the same material inside, but it sounds very similar.

Anyway, just thought I'd pass that along. I think foot issues are my most irritating fibro problem. Hope it helps someone else, too, and that everyone has a good day!
"Pray, hope, and don't worry."

St. Padre Pio

Post Edited (Luvzminis) : 2/28/2018 7:21:08 AM (GMT-7)


Sherrine
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   Posted 2/28/2018 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Im so glad you are getting more relief! I really wish you could try wearing Birkenstock sandals or a cheaper shoe with the same type foot bed. I have high arches and developed plantar fasciitis. Talk about stiff! But these shoes will stretch the tendons in the feet to keep them more flexible. I wear them as shoes and as slippers. Your warming slippers sound wonderful but you need to walk sometimes! 😂

I bought my daughter slippers that go in the microwave at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. They are made by the Bed Buddie brand. She sits outside to smoke and, in the winter, her feet get cold and these really helped her.

Sherrine

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Ljm2014
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   Posted 2/28/2018 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Another thing i remember helping in the past..when my feet were the worst..

Was kinda scrunching a towel into an uneven pattern on the floor and walking on it.the uneveness stretches the foot musckes and tendons in a different way..

I also use an acupressure ball under my feet when they flare..

scoobymummy
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   Posted 2/28/2018 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Your feet sound like mine! I have high arches too and really long toes. When I stretch my toes (like fold my toes forward and hold my big toe back - maybe that's a long toed thing? lol I do it because it feels almost like my feet need to crack.) my toes will actually get stuck and it's hard to get them to move back. It feels like a charlie horse in the centre of my feet. So painful. I'm definitely going to try the hot slipper method!!!

I love my birks, but I do have to admit that my new ones took forever to work in - they seemed much harder than my old beloved broken down ones that I still wear as slippers. The newer ones are thongs, so maybe they make them differently (the cork doesn't feel the same). One thing that really works for me for walking, that you could try is this - I use a shoe that has some flex to it (but not too much - I love blundstones, but it doesn't need to be that high end) and doesn't have a built up arch. I put a product called profoot 2 oz miracle in it (amazon). It's a cheap insole, but an orthotics fitter saw them and told me he was impressed with the quality. That, combined with walking on earth paths rather than pavement, has allowed me to walk again. If you're like me, shoes that work for everyone else with tons of support are awful for you because of your high arch. Asic running shoes were absolute torture for me. lol.

Sherrine
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   Posted 2/28/2018 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Scooby, I get my Birkenstocks resoled for about $40. They come back with the new sole but the comfy inside I’m used to.

Sherrine

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almost medfree
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   Posted 3/1/2018 5:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Luv,

I googled a bit about the issue with your feet and I found that sodium can cause issues with your feet. There is a low sodium salt product that I've been using to cut back on sodium. It's called Eden Seaweed Gomasio. It has 80 mg of sodium per teaspoon. Regular salt has 580 mg of sodium per 1/4 teaspoon.

Post Edited (almost medfree) : 3/1/2018 3:16:58 AM (GMT-7)


scoobymummy
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   Posted 3/1/2018 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Sherrine, I would do that, but they're soooo old and the tops are cracking as well. sad

Sherrine
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   Posted 3/1/2018 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I get the nubuck tops. They are softer than the leather tops and they go on, and on, and on...

Sherrine

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scoobymummy
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   Posted 3/2/2018 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
yes - I made the mistake of buying a pretty floral pattern that year that was a weird material on top of the leather - didn't wear well. This coming summer I think I'll invest again in the originals, but not looking forward to the breaking in period. I'm hoping the cork is softer than the thongs I bought 2 years ago. They just didn't soften up.

Sherrine
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   Posted 3/2/2018 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
They have some Birks with soft soles. Ask and try them on. I wear mostly the Arizona style...yep, I am a hippie! 😂

Sherrine

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Luvzminis
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   Posted 3/2/2018 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies, everyone!

Sherrine: I was just thinking of the Birkenstocks a few days ago! I'm glad to know there are some with soft soles. I never knew they existed. They certainly sound worth trying.

Lj: That towel scrunch exercise sounds very do-able! I have to laugh when I seen exercises for more flexible toes where you're supposed to pick up a marble with bent toes. In my dreams! I've never had "bendy" toes, and my husband says my foot looks like it belongs on a Barbie doll. smile But the exercise you mention here sounds promising. For the acupressure ball, do you just push your foot into it? I'm not familiar with those.

scoobymummy: (love that name, BTW!) I'm glad to know I'm not alone! I've never heard of Blundstones, so will check those out. Yep, I seem to need flexibility in my shoes, also. I used to have a pair of ankle-high shoes (more like soft boots) that I loved, but the soles were heavy and after a short while, I couldn't wear them or I'd get foot or toe cramps.
I love Profoot products and glad to hear of the Profoot 2 oz miracle--sounds promising. I agree--walking on earth paths rather than pavements is SO much better. I can walk on concrete for a very short time. I still remember when I worked at a factory in 1975 and even back then, it got to me.

almost medfree: I would guess salt could be a factor in this, and thanks for the salt substitute suggestion! Sometimes, I do well and "watch" the salt; other times it's just not on my radar--something I guess I need to work more at.

Thanks again, everyone, and hope it's a good weekend for all. smile
Pray, hope, and don't worry." St. Padre Pio

Ljm2014
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   Posted 3/4/2018 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Luvs,

Yes , you roll the acupressure ball under your feet. There are different kinds.

This storm that went up the east coast this weekend exhausted me, so i am clinging to my tools this evening😊

My youngest and her hubby lost power so drove out for hot showers and warm beds, even the hotels around them were 100 per cent booked out.

They lost power for 48 hours, but it came back today.

I am hoping for some steady barometric pressure, but its march😏

Lj

Luvzminis
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   Posted 3/5/2018 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Got it, Lj--thanks! smile

Here in the Midwest, we had sleet last night and some snow today. My body is in "Please let Springtime come soon" mode. Warming up later this week, so that looks promising.

I hear what you're saying about (unsteady) barometric pressure. Hopefully the bumps will be smoothed out soon. Hang in there!
Pray, hope, and don't worry." St. Padre Pio
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