I'm sure this is a foolish question, and I already have a pretty good idea of the response, but is walking in stores an issue for you?
Thankfully, the local grocery store isn't large, and I make my list out "in order"--according to the store layout. That way I can move through fairly fast, grab what I need, and "get outta Dodge."
But...I sure would like to find a way to walk more comfortably in stores, especially big ones like Wal-Mart.
I've had a few pairs of custom-made orthotics, but because the material is so hard, I can no longer wear them; they make my feet cramp up. Instead, I wear tennis shoes with good ankle support and cushioning, and add my own soft orthotics and liners.
I am working on "toughening" my feet so they hopefully won't be so wimpy, by wearing slide-on orthotics called "Struts" (without shoes) for a time every day. This is a fairly new venture, though, so we'll see how it goes. I'm also working on toe and foot exercises and have been for a while, but not a lot of progress there.
My husband suggested creating my own, unique for my feet, arch supports. I had been thinking the same thing! My arches are so high, so that's the issue.
Sherrine, I have yet to test out the Birkenstocks, and maybe something like that would help with the stretching, too.
Any more how-to-walk-comfortably-in-the store suggestions? I've yet to take the cart route and am kind of stubborn about
that, at least right now.
BTW, does anyone have any other specific exercises for feet and/or toes? My toes have always been extremely inflexible due to the neuro condition, so I can't do anything like pick up a washcloth with them.
A good massage with foot cream after soaking them in Epsom salts and warm water feels good.
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