No, really! You see, I’ve been taking mine for granted.
The weather has been lovely hasn’t it? I’ve been blissfully ignoring the fact that in less than 6-months time, thanks to my Raynaud’s, I’ll be grimacing at the big freeze that numbs my toes… making each step ironically burn with the cold.
So, why have I been reminded of this so prematurely? Well, a few weeks ago, I managed to do myself a mischief thanks to a pair of wholly unsuitable shoes and a streetful of cobbles. I didn’t even know I’d done it… but as the week progressed, it became more and more painful to put one of my feet to the ground.
“What could it be?!” I asked everyone around me…
Eventually, I spoke to a doctor who decided that it sounded like Plantar Fasciitis. That’s easy for him to say… I can’t pronounce it! What it meant was that I’d “angered” the band of connective tissue that runs between the ball of the foot and the heel. Effectively, that bit under the arch. It got me thinking about just how serious a podiatry problem can be, how fully it can impact your day-to-day life, and how we just don’t really like to talk about our feet!
Well, let’s break that taboo today.
Got bunions before your time? Thought it was only your Mum who needed corn plasters? Calluses best described as barnacles?
The thing is… foot problems are often associated with the elderly. My local surgery has a visiting chiropodist who comes on a Wednesday afternoon… the waiting room is FULL of lovely nana’s queueing up to have their feet checked. I don’t know anyone under the age of 70 who regularly visits a podiatrist to have treatment, but I know plenty of people who should.
Well, let’s change that.
If you have any foot-related questions, leave a comment below and I’ll send them to leading podiatrist, Dr. Tariq Khan who works with Carnation footcare. Follow-up post coming soon!