Women Over 50 Love Their Shoes but Hate their Feet!

by Diane Horn on September 10, 2012

If you are a woman over 50 you know the conversation in any social gathering always tuns to feet. It may not start off that way but within 10 or 15 minutes or less you’re there. You might complement someone on her shoes and within seconds someone will say ” I can’t wear shoes like that anymore”.

And now the personal story sharing begins. From bunions to plantar fasciitis and on to heel spurs and then orthotics, everyone can take part in this conversation. I used to think a plastic surgeon would be the most popular person at a party but I’ve reconsidered….it’s a podiatrist.

When I see a woman on crutches with a foot- booty or cast on I nod silently to myself and think “foot surgery”. It’s become a sorority many of us are already or will be a member of. And it’s not our fault!

All we did was to love the shoes that fashion sent our way. In my case it started with years of ballet lessons which included beautiful pink satin toe shoes. I couldn’t wait to go on “pointe”. Oh well, the pain was well worth it at the time.

So began a lifetime unrequited love affair with shoes. ..high heels, kitten heels, clogs, flats, wedges, platform and mules. I never met a pair of shoes I didn’t want. Why didn’t these shoes love me back the way I loved them?

It wasn’t all bad though. Do you remember when Farrah Fawcett was photographed in her Nike shoes? We all had to have a pair. Then Rebook came along and introduced high top sneakers ( worn with slouchy socks …think “Flash Dance”).

Let’s jump forward to today.

Why are so many women over 50 having foot problems?

We can’t have our smart, savvy and vibrant demographic limping around defining ourselves by the state of our feet! If we are to avoid osteoporosis we need to be able to do weight bearing exercise and walking is the easiest way to do this.

Well, I am determined not to be forced to give up the activities I love or sit on the sidelines. I believe in doing what I can proactively so I can keep doing what I love.

That is where Stealth Health comes in. You sneak in healthier options or behaviors when you can and you make them fun.

Here’s an example you can try. These are my feet and I am wearing something called “Yoga Toes”. This product is different from what you wear while getting a pedicure. It fits in-between your toes in the same way but because it is made of a thicker material your toes get a little stretch. I usually wear them for 15 minutes a day and my feet do feel much better afterwards.

So ladies, please take good care of your feet! Make sure you are wearing the correct shoe size. Try to find shoes that marry comfort with style and keep moving and walking. If you are in pain, do see a professional. There is no reason to give up what you love doing.

And by all means, if you have daughters and nieces tottering around on 3″ or higher heels, see if you can bring them down an inch or so. They’ll thank you in 20 years.

 

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