by Matuschka Lindo
When I think of fall, I think of my feet. Yes... yes, I think of apple pie, football, crisp air and changing leaves; but I also think of feet and shoes. When do you make the switch from sandals and flip flops to boots? Some people strut out in boots the first day fall hits! Its gradual for me, I do flip flops as long as I can. Start moving into closed toe shoes and flats and then I give in and shove my feet into boots. Don't get me wrong, I love boots. It's just hard to go from wiggly toe freedom to sock and boot confinement. Buying new shoes with the change of seasons used to make me happy. Why? Because shoes are where I splurge and I go big and spend lots. Here are my justifying reasons and I'll go to the grave believing these three truths. 1. Your feet are your foundation. If you don't protect them with good shoes you will pay for the pain/ugliness sooner rather than later! 2. No matter what your outfit costs or what designer you are wearing if your shoes are bad, the entire outfit is a total fail. 3. I invest in shoes because they are the only size on me that does not change. At least that used to be how it worked… until midlife. Why didn't you old bitches say something!
I mean come on! I know my girls are sagging, my hair is falling out, I'm getting a little wider. But I thought I could count on my feet to only take a slight hit. Early midlife they become dry and cracked as we lose moisture, knew that. No one ever warned that they would get BIGGER, FLATTER and WIDER! The foot is a complicated extension of our body. It contains 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments. That being said, and after a little research it looks like our feet are deteriorating like the rest of our body. I already have my grandparents and parents to thank for the bunions that are heading my way. I know it's coming, I'm starting to see slight changes. So much so, that I am already looking into surgery. I refuse to wait until my shoes hurt or worse don't fit. I love my shoes. Dammit dammit dammit! I thought just our ears and nose got bigger... Not really sure that is true? I'll look into that and blog about it later. Right now I'm distraught with the foot notes of Dr. Steven Pribut, a podiatrist at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., who estimates that some people over the age of 40 can gain half a shoe size every 10 years. Among other horrid changes.
Some of you may not think this is disturbing but let me paint a picture for you. I'm 5'2 on a real good day. I used to be a 6.5 shoe size. I had two wonderful kids and now I am a 7.5. Is Dr. Pribut telling me by the time I'm 80 I'll be a 4'10 (because we know we're shrinking) old lady with size 10.5 shoes. Why don't my feet just start webbing too so I can use them as fins. Dammit dammit dammit. This news has just knocked me off of my fall feet. Mentally I am not ready to cross over from stylish designer brand shoes to orthopedic shoes. No not yet! NO NO NO! If they are going to get bigger, first let's look into taking care them. Remember they are our foundation. We may not be able to stop the size or shape. But we can definitely prevent various foot problems that form due to neglect. Let's hold on to our fun, fabulous, stylish shoes as long as we can.
Here are some tips from the Healthy Geezer:
Properly fitted shoes are important to the health of your feet. The following are some pointers to remember when buying shoes:
• The uppers on shoes should be made of a soft material that can match the shape of your foot.
• Leather shoes reduce the possibility of skin irritations
• The best time to measure your feet is at the end of the day, when your feet are largest.
• Most of us have one foot that is larger than the other, so fit your shoe to your larger foot.
• Don't select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe but by how the shoe fits your foot.
• When fitting shoes, make sure there is about a half-inch extra space for your longest toe when you are standing.
• Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe.
*Above Picture from Health & Wellness Magazine
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