I have been meaning to sit down and give you all the low down on a part of my life that I usually keep pretty quiet about. I have been working hard to be more open and willing to talk about my Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) on a personal level and not just rattling off statistics and medical terminology that just goes over most peoples heads (including mine sometimes). You can see my oh so beautiful foot posted above. I will admit to you all right her that I hate my feet. I hate how they look, how much they hurt and burn, and I hate that I stand on so little of the bottom of my foot. I don’t have your average foot and I know no one has perfect feet, but this has always been a bit of an eyesore to me. I have high arches that in little slip on shoes and sandles is always up higher than the sides of the shoes, and I have the start of hammer toes that cause them to all be all curled up.
Because I walk on such a little potion of my foot. The first step was to get me orthotics that will support my foot and make it so that I do not have to put more weight on the outsides of my feet. These blue orthotics pictured on the left are amazing. They help to aleviate a lot of pain and make it so that I can stand and walk a lot longer than without them. The downfall to these is that I cannot put them in a lot of shoes. It takes a lot of shoe shopping to find a cute pair that they fit in. On top of that dress shoes are a big no-no. There are very few dress shoes that can fit my orthotics in them. Right now all I have are these cute blue tennis shoes! I don’t think I have ever had tennis shoes that are quite this cute before! The orthotics reach up and cradle my arches which is nice because it helps to alleviate strain and pulled tendons across it.
Just using my orthotics is real helpful, but I have no propreoception in my feet. That means I cannot tell where my feet are in space. For example my doctors tested this by having me close my eyes and they would move my foot one way and ask where they moved it (up, down, right, or left). It’s kind of fun to do! You can try it out. Just have someone move your foot for you with your eyes closed and guess! I would love to hear all about it!!! Lol.
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