2017-04-01 Sat

More About my Feet and Shoes

My Left Heel is much better now. I donít think once about going out for a walk. I still favour healing, and so I am not doing my previous miles-and-miles walks, but I am heading off to lunch today with confidence.

Hereís a study of some of my shoes.

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This is an old pair of Black Dress Shoes. I havenít worn them for three years or so.

I told the Podiatrist about the excessive camber through wearing, and that the wear was on the outside of each heel.

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You can see from the soles how much the rubber heel is worn away on the outside.

ďThatís Good!Ē said Jim Barrato. (He might have said ďThatís not badĒ). He demonstrated walking to me.

When we walk we do not swing our leg, pivoted on the outside of the hip, directly forward. We swing the leg inwards so that our foot is directly under the line of travel of our Centre of Gravity. Our body, he continued, seeks to Minimize Energy Consumption when we walk.

Brilliant!

Now I find myself observing the wear pattern of the heels of everyone who walks past me, for I have reduced my pace and am now overtaken by everyone except the old guy with the shopping cart full of grocery bags.

You thought I was staring at womenís calves, didnít you!

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Here are my old slip-ons which I wore from February 2014 until August 2016. You can see that there is almost no sole or heel at all, at all. There never was.

Also that the right shoe is somewhat scuffed on the outside of the heel, as if I had been swinging my leg inwards so that my foot was directly under the line of travel of my centre of gravity. Hah hah.

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And here are the two pairs of shoes I bought in July 2016. Same make and model as my old pair, which were so comfortable that I bought TWO replacement pairs.

Now ready to be consigned to the junk heap.

It was one of these shoes that Jim twisted into a pretzel to show me how little support they provided,

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And here we have my new shoes. Solid and thick sole and heel.

Great support for the bottom of my foot.

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Plus the extra height it gives me means I can now chat up taller ladies with confidence.

Just kidding.