I just returned home from a two week vacation. The first in my career since I became a private practice podiatrist in Houston, TX. I spent the first half in Key Largo, FL and then spent the second part in Playa del Carmen in Mexico. Both of these locations featured beautiful coastlines and beaches...which ultimately leaves me envious.
I actually don't envy those who live near the beach. I can only take beaches in very small doses. I am jealous of those who are able to walk barefoot on the beach...especially on rocks and shells....without it bothering them.
I always have had sensitive feet. In summer camp I was in awe of people who could walk barefoot on gravel and in the woods. When I did it, it was slowly, gingerly, and with great discomfort. Things haven't changed. I still loathe walking barefoot outside. It just is uncomfortable.
Think of how you feel when you try on new shoes. Some are incredibly comfortable while others are just not. You can choose the shoes that are most comfortable, but we can't do the same for our feet. Many of you have lived with a certain level of discomfort all your life....it's what you call "normal."
Some of you can run a marathon. Others of you are astounded at people who can run a mile without pain. A major difference between you two are your feet and the mechanics that come with them. This is what you were born with. If there is an instability in your mechanics, at some point it will lead to foot pain or problems and into my Houston podiatry office.
If you find that your feet and legs get too tired to run, you start seeing your toes becoming crooked, or a bump forming on the side of your foot, it is a sign that you should visit your podiatrist in Houston. We can make your feet and legs more stable by using a custom foot orthotic. My patients are routinely astounded to realize how much discomfort that they were in but never realized it.
No, you can't try on other people's feet, but you certainly do not have to settle for any discomfort or limitation that your own may provide. If you are having foot or ankle pain, contact Dr. Andrew Schneider to schedule an appointment.