Gentle Soles

“My feet are killing me!”

I’ve screeched those words way too often lately.

Once upon a time, not all that long ago, I could go to work, go to the mall and “run” into the grocery store, in one fell swoop. In my pumps. Even 4-inch- heeled pumps. Not a problem.

My feet served their purpose beautifully, took me where I wanted to go comfortably and expeditiously, and helped me navigate the waters of life painlessly.


And then Mother Nature (Father Time?) reared her (his?) ugly head (once again) and sucked the fun and comfort right out of such outings.

So here’s what my research — a la Google and my older friends (yay, love those older friends) — has revealed:

I’VE LOST MY FAT PADS. Or they’ve disintegrated. Or, most probably, they’ve migrated up to my thighs and will reside there permanently.

Yep, those little cushions, or mini shock absorbers, on the soles of our feet with which we were all born? Mine are tired, worn out, worthless and… gone. Which explains the “fire down below.” (Get your mind out of the gutter. Extreme burning on the balls of my feet.)

MY ARCHES HAVE FALLEN, AND THEY CAN’T GET UP. Evidently the muscles and ligaments on the bottom of my feet have decided they really don’t want to support my feet anymore, after all. So they don’t. Thus the excruciating pain in the middle of the soles of my feet.

Poor pitiful soles.

Well, actually, I feel sorrier for me. Because I fear I’ll soon have to trade in my Jimmy Choo’s and Manolo Blahnik’s (Okay, I lied. Nine West and Aerosoles) for those disgustingly unattractive, podiatrist-built, just-this-side-of Birkenstock, decidedly ugly disasters called shoes.

And wouldn’t that be sad…?

7 Responses to Gentle Soles
  1. claudia scott
    April 24, 2012 | 9:03 pm

    Did Birkenstocks ever go out of style?

    • jodie
      April 24, 2012 | 9:38 pm

      No. But they’ve always been ugly.

      • Diane Bertsch
        April 25, 2012 | 12:28 am

        Unless you shop at Lloyds…

        • jodie
          April 25, 2012 | 12:31 am

          Yeah, I don’t have the big bucks like some people I know. :)

          • Diane Bertsch
            April 25, 2012 | 12:36 am

            So why is the date and time wrong on this blog? That’s kinda weird, huh.

  2. Becky Schultz Hall
    April 24, 2012 | 10:51 pm

    Thank goodness for cute flip-flops!!! My feet are the one and only best part and They are starting to fail me too:(((

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