I got my life back! Relief from suffering at last.Posted by Pinkee on 1/30/99 at 00:00 (004165)
I use to envy people in wheel chairs because atleast they weren't in constant pain. I was planning on eventually having to go to a wheel chair. When I would go to a theme park, I would get a wheel chair because my foot pain was so bad. Just last september I took my daughter shopping for school clothes, and thought that I'd never be able to do it again. The pain was too much on my feet. I was planning on just shopping on the web and from catalogs from then on. I couldn't go to price club because it hurt too much. I was buying food to go almost every night because it hurt to much to be standing in the kitchen.
The answer for me was Birkenstocks. I swear I do not own stock in the company. I've tried so many other things and doctors but they have only helped temporarily. I've learned that every foot has THREE
arches. The podiatrists and Chiropracters I saw would make orthotics to support only ONE arch, the one I still had. My other two arches, had completely flattened out and I didn't evean realize I was supposed to have them. Apparently only having one arch messed up the whole mechanics of my feet, and overcompensating created pain for me. Birkenstock souls are the negative shape of a healthy foot. They have 3 arches. The 1st month I wore them, my feet hurt more because wearing them was gradually rebuilding my arches. That was back in october. I'm feeling better all the time. I'm not ready to run a marathon or anything, but I can lead a normal life and take care of my family. I think if I lost 40 lbs. I would be completely cured. I got the idea to buy Birkenstocks from this website. Thank you to all of you who posted the idea. You have given me the best thing I could hope for: relief from pain. The added benefit of the Birkenstocks is that my back feels better too, and I no longer need to see a chiropracter. Bad foot alignment was creating back problems as well.
My heart goes out to all of you suffering. There is no pain like foot pain, because you don't have to walk on your other body parts. It was like having to walk on horrible bruises all the time. The Birkenstocks cost me about $100. But I'm saving thousands in being able to work in my kitchen and prepare meals and not having to hire housekeepers. The Birkenstock waterproof clogs are great for in the shower. I also got some Birkenstock shoes, not just sandals. I hope this message helps someone else.
Re: I got my life back! Relief from suffering at last.Mary Ann on 1/30/99 at 00:00 (004202)
I tried birkenstocks a # of years ago and couldn't wear them because of increased arch pain. This was before I developed PF , but I had been wearing orthotics and still do. Is it normal to have more pain while breaking in the shoes? Since they are so costly, I would hate to try again if I could not wear them. There is not a store in my area dedicated to Birkenstocks,and I wonder if the sales people would be knowledeable to the fit. Thanks
Re: I got my life back! Relief from suffering at last.Bea on 1/30/99 at 00:00 (004206)
Pinkie, that is a very inspiring story. I am so happy for you. I have been putting off trying to buy Birkenstocks because my problem is a little different at this point and I also live in Chicago and cannot wear clogs in this snow. I wear boots with orthotics but since I have calcium deposits on the achilles heel I cannot wear regular shoes as the top of the shoe in the back hits those deposits. However your very inspiring message has convinced me to try them if only ro wear at home. Thanks for the information and I hope you continue to improve.
Re: I got my life back! Relief from suffering at last.Pinkee on 2/01/99 at 00:00 (004348)
I hurt more in the beginning when I got my birks. Probably for a week. That was back in october, and I'm feeling better all the time. I guess I got lucky on the fit too, considering everyone's comments.