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Hot Tips Tuesday: Winter Feet

March 4, 2014

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News flash: Spring is coming! It may take awhile, and we may sustain more polar vortex incidents along the way, but it will, in fact come. Don’t be caught by surprise when sandal season arrives and your feet are simply not ready.

The cold temperatures and dry air wreck havoc on our skin, and although they remain covered, it takes a toll on our feet. Running doesn’t help, causing blisters and callouses on top of dry, cracked soles.
Alas, there is an inexpensive and easy way to solve the problem.
Slather Vaseline or Aquaphor in a thick layer on the soles of your feet, massage a little into the tops and toes, and put on a pair of heavy socks. Depending on your preference, either go to the gym and work out, or go to sleep. The petroleum jelly will soften all the callouses, prevent chafing ( if you run: no worries about that if you just sleep!) and leave your feet baby soft after just a couple of treatments. A simple soak in the bathtub and a pumice stone will slough off the old skin and leave you with soft, presentable soles.
You’re welcome.

photo: Glasshouse Images

My Left Foot

April 5, 2012

I have an ugly little secret. Don’t tell anyone, but I have a bunion on my left foot. A really, really ugly bunion.

It’s been there for years.  For a long time, I considered it a badge of courage; a medal for enduring pounding runs, and teetering high heels. It came about during the late ‘90s, when pointy toes were all the rage, and grew larger as heels grew higher.

Despite slathering my feet with Vaseline every morning before I go to the gym, I have callouses in that area, as well as the occasional blister. Not pretty.

The bunion rarely hurts, so I just ignore it and hope it goes away.  Recently, I started experiencing some pain elsewhere on my foot, and when I looked at the slightly swollen area on the top of my foot, the red welts from uncomfortable shoes, and the big old lump sticking out of one side, I knew something needed to be done before sandal season.

As usual, rather than consult a real professional, I consulted Google. According to various websites of varying degrees of credibility, many bunions come from the toes being compressed for long periods of time. (Those stilettos really are to blame!) Most doctors recommend a simple surgery to reset the bones to their original locale.

In my opinion, no surgery is “simple” and I set out to find a home remedy.

If compression caused the problem, than it only seems natural that stretching the toes apart should reverse the damage, right?

While perusing the local Duane Reade the other day, I found my ally, by the name of

“Goodnight Bunion.”

“Goodnight Bunion” is a medieval looking contraption that hooks onto your big toe to “gently realign tight tendons and muscles in your foot while you sleep as an alternative to surgery.”

For a fully refundable $9.99, my foot problems are on the way out.

The first night, B tried to help me figure out how to put it on. She ultimately consulted her Holy Grail, YOUTUBE, where she found a video tutorial entitled “How to put on Goodnight Bunion.” Yes, it’s that complicated.

Once strapped into the thing, it is nearly impossible to walk. Sleeping with a big plastic thing on your foot is also challenging, unless you sleep flat on your back. Otherwise, the shin of your other leg gets very bruised, thus distracting you from the discomfort of your bunion.

The first 2 nights I had to take it off after only a couple of hours. It seems that one of the side effects of Goodnight Bunion, is Good Morning Arch Cramps!

Alas, enduring pain is the price of beauty, and I am determined to self heal my gnarly foot.


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