Saturday, June 9, 2007
Photo Hunters #11 Shoes
These are the shoes that Maw wears. They are Z-Coil shoes. Maw has severe Plantar Fasciitis in both feet. This is where the fibrous muscle that stretches from the heel to the toes gets tiny tears in it and becomes inflamed. Maw had it for several years before she saw a podiatrist for it. He kept giving her steroid shots in the heel that would last for about 6 months and made her feet feel so much better. She also did feet stretches and put ice on them every day. But the pain would come back. It's an excruciating pain in the heel that will bring you to your knees when you get out of bed in the morning.
Finally, she saw a chiropractor who told her about Z-Coil shoes. Luckily, there is a store very close to our home that sells these shoes and so Maw got a pair and began wearing them. Her feet are doing great a year later. She hasn't started her daily 4 mile walks again, and she hasn't gone hiking in the mountains for many years, but she is hoping that one day she'll be able to resume some of these activities.
Maw can never go barefoot again. Not even from the bedroom to the kitchen because her feet are so flat that the plantar fasciia stretches and tears too easily now. So if we yak in the middle of the night, Maw puts her shoes on to clean it up. But as far as she is concerned, these shoes have been a miracle cure.
Tomorrow, we'll show you pictures of all the splints she wears to bed each night. She calls them her contortion devices.