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I am on a constant quest for shoes that don’t kill my feet due to the neuropathy. I find that Spencos and Wolky shoes seem the best. Are there any other suggestions? Shoes can be just crippling for me. Horrid.
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@lauraj @retiredteacher Carol, I really hope your husband's health is going in the right direction. Laura, it sounds like your husband is almost normal. Mine has had a bad cold all week, and is still recovering. So much sickness. Anyway, although I am 67, I am not on Medicare except for Part A, because I get health insurance through my husband's work. His company pays our health premiums. Not heard of in these days! And for me, as far as getting shoes for diabetic neuropathy, I don't have neuropathy due to diabetis. One year ago, I had a lumpectomy, and shortly after surgery I developed neuropathy. I had radiation during the surgery. Perhaps that is what caused the neuropathy. I really have no idea. But Carol, for you, getting 80% off on high end shoes, if you use Medicare may be very helpful. I just bid on new Wolky shoes on Ebay and got a gorgeous pair for $22.00 dollars. I always wonder when people get rid of shoes that inexpensively if they stole them….I hope not!!!! YEESH!!!! Anyway, hang in with your feet, ladies. Mine were impossible this morning. Better now. Go figure. I give up. Bye for now. Lori Renee
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@lorirenee1 Husband is maybe a little better—-getting well is going at a snail's pace. He has two more days of antibiotics and three of steroids. Then we'll see if he's been able to get rid of it and feel better again. I am 75 years old but except for my feet and diabetes, I don't feel that old. I had intended to teach until I died in the classroom; it was my passion. I think I told you I ordered two pairs of
Spencos—one black and one a neutral. Just have to wait until they get here. I looked at Wolkys on Ebay, but all were used. that I saw. I have to be careful because of the hematoma on my ankle—-can't wear shoes that come up to the ankle; that's why I wear mules or clogs or sandals. These weeks have been long and even longer days. I'll be glad when we get back to normal, whatever that is.
Hi Carol, I certainly hope your husband responds to the meds. Steroids have a way of knocking bad stuff out of you. God willing, they will. I too, expected to be teaching longer. But in Illinois, teaching became so full of bureaucracy, that I could not take it any more. Just to write up a self evaluation took hours. All lesson plans had to be put on the computer. The principal had about sixty criteria in which she evaluated you. Our school district did everything they could to make the lives of expensive teachers quite miserable. Hence, senior teachers could not wait to leave. It was like corporate America. The older teachers were under a microscope. Scrutinized. I was out the door as soon as possible. After 26 years of impeccable evaluations, I left. I was not going to wait to get a bad one. It was only a matter of time, where that would happen. They would find a way. Money talks. Anyway, again, I really hope your husband gets well. I had a horrific foot day. Burning, stabbing, throbbing…took foot baths, cbd drops, cbd salves….worse than usual, except for part of it. No rhyme or reason. Lori Renee
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Carol, Keep checking for new Wolkys on eBay. Fabulous shoes. Just keep checking…. Lori Renee
Laura,, how are you doing with your inserts from Foot Solutions ?? I found out there is one not too far from me so I went to look. I didn't get measured or anything because I didn't have a apt. I just wanted to look at the shoes.. Does he seem to think all of this will help your neuropathy..?? The lady said he goes with the way you walk, back ,gait, etc>>> I just don't want anything on my feet but I know I need the support I have planters fasciitis also. There is also one not too far from me called the good feet store. I may check it out also.. Do you mind giving me an idea the cost of the insert??
@peggyn, I just got my orthotics and they have hurt my feet quite a bit but you are only supposed to wear them for one hour the first day, two hours the next and keep adding time each day until you adjust to them. That being said I also bought a new pair of athletic shoes called Brooks Adrenaline. The Foot Solutions store did not have my extra wide width for my toes so I ordered on Amazon. I always have pain whenever I start wearing a new shoe so I want to get my feet used to them before shocking my feet with new shoes plus orthotics. I wouldn’t buy the shoes at their store because the costs are too high. I got them on Amazon. I am almost 64 and I have structural issues going on in my feet especially in my left foot. I am also doing physical therapy and have been given exercises. Everything is really painful and some days I just push through the pain because I am stubborn and really want to be active again.
I saw a certified Pedorthist at Foot Solutions. He/She will examine your feet and look at your walking pattern. He totally knew which athletic shoes would be good for my over pronation in my left foot. I don’t have plantar fasciitis but I’m sure they see that all the time and would definitely recommend the proper shoe for you. I could toatally tell the difference when I got this Brooks shoe…even without the orthotics. The price I paid for orthotics was 360.00. That price includes any adjustments you may need after you start wearing them. My Podiatrist that I saw originally basically did nothing for me! I had to research and try and figure out what to do.
I definately feel that a good supportive shoe will help my neuropathy. It’s just a matter of trial and error and finding what works for you. I know how hard it is to be in pain all of the time with this, it is awful and some days I am just darn worn out!!! I walked for a mile on the track this morning and it really hurt. I soak them at the end of the day in warm water with Epsom salts.
I don’t really know much about The Good Feet stores. I’m sure they also make orthotics but I don’t know if Pedorthist’s work there but I would think that they do. I also don’t know if they also sell shoes there or just do orthotics. You could even visit both and see what feels the best to you. I wish you the best of luck!!! -Laura
Thank you. I also have other problems with the left leg. I have atrophy and nerve damage , that I cannot stand on toes or lift heel, I can both legs at the same time, but not the left by itself, my gait is off an I limp, I’ve done pt, but now I just work out at home as much as possible, I can’t walk very far, but some days I can, I have purchased so many shoes and taken them back,, I just took back a pair of brooks glycerine. I felt like my foot was to contained, I have to find something that works because I don,t have any shoes that feel good enough to get inserts for.
@peggyn, Yes I can’t handle shoes that are too tight. That’s why I was so relieved that they had an extra wide. I can’t stand on my toes or heels. I had a herniated lumbar disk when I was 28 and I know I have some atrophy and adhesions in my left leg which disturbs my gate. I know that the Brooks Dyad 10 is supposed to have more room for an orthotic as well. Keep looking!!
I think I am going to try a mans tennis shoe ,,, they do run wider, it,s worth a try.
I was told the best are brooks , new balance , and asis ,
@peggyn, Yes, I have often thought about a man’s shoe as well being wider. I have a narrow ankle and that could pose a problem in a man’s shoe. But I hope you can give it a try! -Laura
Ladies, I just ordered the Spenco Java shoes on Ebay.. With Erythromelalgia I have to have open toe shoes. This looks like the same style that I use to get from Merrell and they were my go to shoes for a long time, until they cut back and made the soles thinner and less supportive.. I have high hopes for the Spenco sandals now tho.. Thanks for the recommendation..
Good luck with the spenco shoes. They are one of the few shoes I find fairly comfortable with my foot neuropathy. Lori Renee
I wear HOKA running shoes. They have many different styles but I like the soft cushion ones. My feet need comfort to try and stay busy and distracted all day from the electricity in my feet.
@lororenee1 The Spenco shoes were delivered yesterday. I ordered the same size that I wear in Birks. The shoes are nice looking but they are too tight on my feet and the foot bed is too hard. They are tighter and harder on my feet than my Birks. I don't know if I'll ever be able to wear anything but Birks since I've worn them for so long. I'll be sending the Spencos back. I am really gun shy for trying any shoes. Nothing works with my painful feet. Thanks for recommending this brand, but I can tell even a larger size won't work. I think I'll just have to have painful feet and accept the fact that they are going to hurt. I don't know what else to try. But I may just stop looking—too much time. I need to get to a store so that I could try on without having to order and wait and then have them not work.
I appreciate you taking the time to recommend; I wish they had been just what I needed.
Hi Carol, Awwww, I feel so bad they do not work for you. What is strange, is that they are usually true to size. I am a nine and a half, and I even sized down. And I own many pairs. Very strange. As far as a hard foot bed; yes, they have a rather hard foot bed. I did not like that at first but now I love that. I feel well supported. At first I felt it was too much. But the biggest thing is that I tend not to get the odd neuropathic sensations in the shoe, like the feeling like my socks are bunched up in the shoe, or I am walking on pebbles, etc . Don't give up, Carol!!!! There is a shoe that will help your feet. You have to find it. You have to find a way to get more comfortable, or you will disable yourself more. So the quest is on. Go searching for something!!!! So sorry they did not work!!! Lori Renee
I have narrow size 9.5 -10 feet .which need a wide toebox and support in the metatarsal area. My second toe is longer than my big toe also so most ladies socks don't cut it for length and comfort. Any suggestions would be appreciated. ☺
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