I recently got my 'undercarriage' checked at the doctors and we got talking about my feet. The doctor said, "Oh, you've got bones missing at the front of your feet". Really? That was news to me because my feet are...well, my feet. That's how they've always looked. At least, I think they've always looked like that.
He said that - if I didn't mind paying about kr 1.000 (roughly £100 or $200) - I would greatly benefit from getting soft insoles - not only for running but for everyday use. Of course, I completely forgot to ask him why the bones were missing. Maybe they've never been there? Could it be the result of putting on almost 20 k (45lbs) during my two pregnancies? (My shoe size used to be a 38, but now my foot has flattened out to a 39.) Or maybe my running shoes don't give me enough support? I can't say that my feet have been hurting but, then again, I suppose prevention is better than cure.
So my new Challenge is to get my feet sorted out. It's a three-pronged attack so it's a sort of 'Holy Trinity of the Blessed Feet'... ;D
1) I'm going into town next week to an orthopedic shoe store to get measured for insoles. They physically check your feet and use a treadmill/computer to check your walking style. I'm also taking DD8 with me because she 'walks on the outside of her feet' and needs checked too.
|DS8's new spring shoes|
2) I've already had my first consultation with a skin doctor and it was great to get things checked up. Yes, she confirmed that I do have verucas (in addition to hard skin and corns) on my feet. She's already frozen the verucas once. (Which wasn't too painful at the time, but the blisters that came up afterwards were a nightmare - eek!) But she also removed an annoying tiny skin tag which I've had on my neck 'forever' - bonus! (One of those little things that annoyed me, but not so much that I ever made a special appointment to do anything about it.) And she'll take a biopsy of a mole that appeared on my leg, just to be on the safe side. (Another 'problem' I was procrastinating on.)
3) I'm going to make regular appointments for a pedicure. As you saw in my Scaredy Cat Challenge last year Twinkle Toes, getting a pedicure is half heaven/half torture for me. This time I'll choose a chiropodist rather than a beautician because I obviously need bigger guns for these hard-worn feet! Plus my little health insurance policy will - apparently - refund part of the cost. [...said the canny Scot]
So that's my new Scaredy Cat Challenge - to put a spring back into my step!
You can either watch from the sidelines, join in with me or start your own challenge. Remember that these Scaredy Cat Challenges are not resolutions - they're more of a 'what do I want to change or learn or accomplish' here and now type of thing. Perhaps you were procrastinating about taking that scary first step.
Whatever you choose, I'll be glad of your company. Let's hold hands and be scared together!
Have a fabulous Friday and a great weekend! :)