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Yoga Toes have been my saving grace for my feet.
Yes, dear readers, I have Bunions. On both feet.
Wikipedia describes a Bunion as a “deformity” of the foot. I guess it is, but I don’t like to think that I am deformed!
Many assume a Bunion is a growth, but it is actually your big toe bone pushing out, enlarging and the surrounding tissue swelling.
I don’t know what other’s Bunions feel like, but I feel a lot of uncomfortable pressure. Just a steady pain of pressure. Sometimes it is so bad I limp. Sometimes it has been so bad I thought I actually had a stress fracture and not just Bunion pain.
Many doctors argue these “deformities” are caused by wearing shoes that are too tight. I can testify that from my experience, that is simply not the case.
To quote Lady Gaga: “I was born this way.”
I was 24 when I had surgery on my right foot. Driving, especially long hours, would cause me to cry at night from the pain. The pressure just had to be relieved. I opted for the surgery.
I was living in Colorado at the time, though travelling frequently. The doctor insisted I wore shoes that were too tight. I could tell him I did not until I was blue in the face, he wouldn’t listen. A decent surgeon, yes, though ignorant.
I went to the University of Colorado. My main shoes were Birkenstocks.
Other than that, I don’t wear shoes. Oh, sure, since then, as I was just starting my professional career, I have worn heels, but I would always invest in better quality shoes, with extra cushioning, that had a lot of room to accommodate my bunions.
In the car I wear Flip-Flops or Uggs, only putting shoes on while inside visiting customers. At home, I am barefoot or in socks.
If I got out and insist on fancy party shoes, same thing. Only wear them for the event.
After nights out dancing, at bars, or long conventions, I am the girl you see walking out barefoot, her shoes swung casually over her shoulder held by the straps with her pointer fingers.
Yes, I have often been scolded in Vegas for not having shoes on.
I don’t know where I first saw them, if it was in a magazine or online, but a long, long time ago, probably when they were first introduced, I decided to give Yoga Toes a shot. I noticed they are now $39.99 (if you click here, you can find the secret coupon code on their website), but I am pretty sure they were $49.99 when I got them.
Well, worth the investment! I must have ordered these when I lived in California, which was over 7 years ago. I still have the first pair I bought. I have never had to replace them – even after the little dog has attempted to chew them apart. She was unsuccessful, by the way, unable to leave even the slightest bite mark. That’s quite a testament in this household.
Sometimes I wear them during the day, a lot of time I put them on at night before I go to bed. I usually slip them off during the night in my sleep.
They are an exerciser for your feet. What I mean by that is that they actively stretch your toes apart. If you choose to purchase a pair, which I highly advise if you have any foot or toe pain, you will need to ease into them. They will be tight at first. I would start by getting them wet to slip them on. You may only be able to handle a few minutes at a time.
But over time, you will be able to wear them longer.
The stretch relieves and eases my pain. Immediately.
So if they are so great, why do I still have problems and plan to have surgery?
Because I run too much. I strike with my toes instead of my heel, despite trying so hard not to. I find myself often walking on my toes.
And likely because my feet are just that bad. They aren’t really that ugly to look at, at least I don’t think so, others may disagree. But my feet have always been a source of pain for me.
I even have bony ankles, so I am just a bony person, I guess.
But without my Yoga Toes, there would be many days of extreme pain with zero relief.
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