Before I bore you to death, here are a couple cute kiddos hanging out in the horse feeders!
I’m warning you up front that unless you have plantar fasciitis you won’t find this post very interesting. Or maybe you should read it just in case–I’m amazed at the number of people who have had or currently have some degree of plantar fasciitis. It hurts, a lot!!
Discussing ones ailments makes me feel old but I guess it is what it is! I am getting older (not old 😁) and my body is not cooperating! Anyone who reads this blog knows I’ve had this knee issue for going on two years–I will need a total knee replacement in the near future. In the course of favoring the knee I did something to my hip in July of 2020. I could NOT sit in a car for any length of time, I hobbled like an old woman when I would stand from a sitting position, the pain woke me at night. It was a struggle to take Emmi for walks.
I saw an orthopedic surgeon in Sierra Vista, AZ this season and he saw nothing on x-ray, referring me for physical therapy. After the gel injections in my knee in Montana before we came south my knee was the least of my problems and it felt good–until the physical therapy for my hip. In spite of my telling the hunk of a physical therapist that my knee was bad, the first movement he did to see if he could replicate my hip pain torqued my knee past the point it should have been. So then I had knee pain AND hip pain. 😡
And that’s not all. In the course of doing the physical therapist prescribed exercises for my hip and some yoga I developed another round of plantar fasciitis–a bad round this time. I could hardly walk. Getting out of bed made me want to cry–which I did–big, ugly sobs. I was absolutely miserable. All the various pains had me limping and making other parts of my body ache. When I went to Scottsdale with Louanne I could hardly keep up with her and she walked slower to accommodate me. This was much worse than my original bout with plantar fasciitis two years ago.
We have TV in Arizona because we can access the free digital stations out of Tucson with our rooftop antenna. We started seeing advertisements for the Good Feet Store and their claims for curing plantar fasciitis. So, Louanne and I went to a Good Feet Store while in Scottsdale. The guy who helped me was a salesman in the best sense of the word–he knew his product frontward and backward. So, this guy presented me with two rather hard half inserts for shoes. He put those inserts in the heels of a pair of sneakers, I laced them up and walked around the store. I was almost cured–my heel pain was so much less, I stood up straighter, my hip didn’t hurt. I was immediately sold–until he told me the price–$1000!!! Once again I almost cried!
Back at the condo I called the Cowboy and we discussed the spending of $1000 for my feet and he suggested I try Amazon. I must admit I was highly skeptical and was ready to spend the $1000–that’s how much better my heel felt and really my whole body! But I did search Amazon and low and behold there were inserts that looked identical to the ones the young man was trying to sell me for $1000! From a company called Natural Foot Orthotics. For $99/pair. I ordered a pair. Oh my goodness!!!
They work, unequivocally, they work! You remove the inner sole from your shoe, place the insert in the heel and then place a flat, thin inner sole (I also ordered these from Amazon) over the insert. I’ve worn little else since these inserts arrived a week ago and my heel pain is gone–not there–gone! I don’t have the urge to scream when I get out of bed at night, I don’t limp, I can walk Emmi–it’s gone!! And last night was the true test, I have Vionic (a brand lots of people wear because of their excellent arch support) sandals and I wore them in the evening as we had a guest for dinner and I wanted to be a little more dressed up than sneakers. No heel pain, none!! No heel pain during the night, no heel pain Sunday morning!! Amazing.
To be up front, the $1000 from the Good Feet Store did include three pair of inserts in various arch height and several pair of thin inner soles. The store also guarantees their inserts and replaces them if they fail–for free.
So–that’s your boring post for this week–if you’ve read this far and have plantar fasciitis, try a pair of these inserts from Natural Foot Orthotics .