Enjoyed your post...alas, I can relate to problems of the feet (in my case the foot). I've suffered with periodic plantar fasciitis and a plantar plate tear, which caused me to wonder why the right foot and not the left? My right foot has a 'Morton's toe' which means the second toe is slightly larger than the great toe. Could this minor irregularity cause so many problems? Google says yes.

Anyway, consistent stretching of a tight hamstring helped the fasciitis and I taped my toes and used a metatarsal pad for several weeks which a podiatrist on youtube advised. It helped the pain/buring in the ball of my foot, which I believe means the tear is healed, but that second toe still clings to his larger neighbor.

I began wearing Dansko brand shoes and I LOVE them. The larger toe box is quite comfortable and they offer a variety of styles. My athletic pair offers a 'rocker' in the sole that helps with foot pain and high arches, which I also have. They're pricey but worth it! I'd rather have a few quality pairs of shoes than a closet full of cheaper, uncomfortable ones.

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I loved this post, Prue! Your comment about your arches made me smile - how lovely! I have a never-ending struggle with my feet - they're blunt oblongs the width of a plank, in a UK size 9 (US 11 - I don't know what size that would be Down Under, though!). Mind you, I'm a strapping 6-footer, so it's fair enough. 😉

I had a friend who used to do ballet - she would often suffer what would very prettily be called a 'strawberry toe' - which despite the name was sadly a thing of pain rather than prettiness!

Thank you so much for the mention and rec - you're so kind! And a lovely coincidence (as you'll see from my own post that's scheduled for a little later!). ♥️

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