Exercise! - my body says GO but my feet say NO

12-09-2006, 02:16 AM
Does anyone else have problems with their feet? I am so un-pleased with my feet right now its not even funny!
First of all one is way bigger/smaller than the other and makes buying shoes such a pain! LITERALLY!
And i have noticed that i keep getting pain on the sides of me feet *in red in the attatchment*... i dont know if this is caused by stress on my feet from heels at work or if its my running shoes. im actually thinking of going to our nike store or adidas store and having them fit me and hook me up with a pair of shoes that they recomend... 150$'s or not, if it takes the pain away then so be it!

12-09-2006, 08:43 AM
Oh yes, it's definitely worth spending money on your feet. Just ask any old nurse :)

12-09-2006, 09:49 AM
I would give up the heels at work for about 3 weeks and see if you don't feel better. I've given up heels and hose since the late 90's and have never looked back!! Heels are TERRIBLE for your feet and shortening your achilles.

12-09-2006, 12:47 PM
Interestingly enough I went and got properly fitted for a pair of running shoes yesterday, and the difference that the new shoes are making is absolutely phenomomal.

I have issues with my hip and my left leg is shorter than my right leg, which means that I walk with a limp on good days and tend to drag my whole left side when I'm having a bad day with my hip. They did the whole foot analysis with me and came back with a couple of pairs of running shoes to try. What they discovered was that firstly I had been wearing shoes that were 1/2 a size too big, and that must of the shoes that I wore were completely wrong for my feet.

From the second I tried the new shoes on, my mother said that I was walking a lot better than I was in the old shoes, and even this soon after buying them I have no intention of going back and buying cheap walking/running shoes again. They gave me a printout showing the 3 best shoes for me, and they ranged in price from $100 - $250, so I did have a choice of prices, which was great. The more expensive shoes offered more support and I would've loved to be able to buy them, but this close to Christmas, it wasn't an option. The ones that I bought were $150, and already it's the best $150 that I've ever spent - you don't need to spend $250 if it's beyond your budget.

I'd suggest taking advantage of post Christmas sales if you can, and going down to a specialist sports shoe store and getting them have a look at how you walk - after watching me walk, the first thing the sales person said to me was "you've got one leg longer than the other, haven't you". Believe me, you'll notice the diference straight away.

Hope this helps

Misti in Seattle
12-10-2006, 11:32 AM
Sounds as if you may have plantar fasciitis; you might want to check with your doctor. There are shoe inserts they can make for you that will help. Also my doctor told me... and it WORKS... to take a regular (smaller) size can of soup, remove the label, and roll your foot on it when you are sitting (either barefoot or with socks on). I am amazed at how much it helps. The Gazelle is also helping mine, as it stretches the muscles in the back of the leg and pulls in the right area.

12-12-2006, 10:12 PM
First of all one is way bigger/smaller than the other and makes buying shoes such a pain! LITERALLY!

I have this same problem. It does make buying shoes really difficult. Sometimes I wish they'd let me buy shoes in two different sizes! They say you should buy to fit your largest foot, but now I have a gigantic blister on my right foot (the smaller one) that never goes away because that shoe is too big.

My feet are also sore all the time, although more on the heel, arch, and ball than in the area where yours are sore, and I never wear heels. If I'm out shopping for even just a few hours, they'll be completely sore. This has been a problem my entire life. My mom had the same problem, so I'm sure it's hereditary. When I was in high school, I went to marching band camp for one week every summer. We were literally marching around for 10 hours a day. By the end of the week, I could barely walk. It was miserable.

12-12-2006, 11:53 PM
Do you think it could be bunnions? Your arrows are pointing around the big toe joint. A podiatrist could also help you figure it out and address it. Good luck! I have foot issues too and it really can feel very limiting to your activity.

12-13-2006, 02:15 AM
Blue, do you have Nordstom's where you live? They'll sell you two different size shoes as a pair if the difference is at least a size and a half (say, 7-1/2 and 9).

Misti in Seattle
12-13-2006, 08:59 AM
If you have a Big 5 Sports store there, they sell very good brand name shoes for a fraction of the regular price. I got a fantastic pair of Saucony running shoes for $40 and they are the best EVER on my feet. In fact a podiatrist recommended Saucony for me.

12-13-2006, 11:35 AM
Seconding the "get fit for running shoes" chime. It's utterly worth it, like nicolen said. Those people at the smaller/specialty/independent sports shoe stores really know what they are doing. While you may pay a hundred bucks (or more from the sounds of it! In 2000 neither pair of my running shoes was over $85), you get excellent service in return and an excellent shoe that will last you for years. Well, if you run/train in it it'll last you a few months or a year for that purpose...but it's been six years now since I bought my 2 pair and while they're completely broken down and worthless for any exercising, they're still great for basic mucking around the house stuff.