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  •  It's the cut of the shoe; it laces over the instep (6+ / 0-)

    and puts pressure over the top of the arch.

    I couldn't stand them for about a year after the initial surgery, but that was fifteen years ago. So while I know what will work....I don't exactly keep a wardrobe of clogs and sandals around any more, you know?

    I wear an ASO brace that replicates ankle taping. It's not a hard brace; I've got tears (probably) in my anteriolateral ligaments, and the braces give me basically normal range of motion without letting me fall off my feet and sprain my ankles. The ones I have fan lace over the top of the foot with velcro pull tabs, and the the figure 8 straps go over and around and an elastic and velcro cuff wraps the top of the ankle.

    And yeah, crocs and socks are what I'm going with, and dreading the next time I have to go out in anything other than good weather.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:03:02 PM PST

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    •  Ok, the shoe (4+ / 0-)
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      If it's leather, wet them, and stuff it to stretch out that part of the shoe specifically. If you can find a shoe stretcher that's even better. If it's not, can you lace it VERY lightly, or maybe just not lace that one at all?

      The brace: The easiest option is switching to an ace bandage for a little while. Then you can use the figure eight method and work around that spot.  Another option, if you have an old brace,is to cut that area out if possible. I can't tell without seeing it if you can do that or not. Or maybe you can switch types to a shorter footed brace that doesn't cover that area, which would be cheaper than new shoes (or get one a size larger).

      Another issue is.. what's causing this change? You need to get that looked into so you can decide if it's a more permanent change or a temporary one.  

      As to the socks and crocs... Carry extra socks (and a towel) with you to change into once you reach your destination on those wet days.

      Also: What about moccasin style slippers? Those may be easier to find in your size (even if you have to get a men's size), and you can switch out of the crocs and socks once you get indoors. They even come fuzzy inside if that's more comfortable, and often they can be found with rubber soles.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:14:30 PM PST

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      •  I've considered slippers but (5+ / 0-)

        if I'm going to walk in them at all they have to be the sort of things that can accomodate my lift in the left shoe. (More damage from the Lisfrancs; they pulled my right leg a quarter inch longer than my left.) That's the current issue with wearing the crocs; I canned two batches of jelly without my lift on, and then spent about thirty minutes doing yoga to get my back over being so pissed off I couldn't stand up straight.

        At home I keep a heating pad on the floor on a pillow, wrap my feet and legs in a blanket and rest them on that while at the computer, while they're naked. I wear the old set of braces to bed, with the plantar fasciitis brace over the top. Otherwise my toes point and my feet roll in like clubfeet in my sleep, and it hurts more to stand up.

        When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

        by Alexandra Lynch on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:44:21 PM PST

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        •  Do you have an ortho or a therapist (4+ / 0-)
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          that deals with these feet issues or has in the past? A PT or an OT may be able to help with suggestions that work for you (it's hard to do sight unseen). An ortho is more likely to charge a lot for it, if you have a regular therapist they may be able to just take a few minutes and talk with you.

          For the slippers I was thinking something like this:

          Moccasin slippers

          Or the men's version of the same which tend to be wider and more easily found in the larger sizes.
          I'm not sure how they would work with your lifts, again, sight unseen.

          "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

          by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:54:26 PM PST

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