It began when I was in my 20s. I woke up one morning, stepped out of bed and felt like someone was blow torching my left heel.
I went to the doctor. He said, “Achilles tendonitis. Don’t go barefoot or you’ll have ongoing issues.” He put me in a walking cast.
After a car accident where I needed physical therapy, they did an assessment of my ankle, decided that I needed to work on stretching it out so I didn’t have another flare up. 6 weeks of PT. The therapist said “Don’t go barefoot or you’ll have a flare up.”
During a year of insanity I taught high school. I never sat down while I was teaching. I walked concrete floors, and developed a burning sensation in my left heel. I finally went to the doctor. He said “Plantar fasciitis.” He gave me some insoles, a splint and said “Don’t go barefoot or it will come back.”
So now I’ve been working from home for almost two years. We, as a family don’t wear shoes in the house.
Do you see where this is going? Because honestly, I didn’t.
So now I have flare ups in both feet. Because I went barefoot.
The answer? I wear slippers with arch supports in the house, and shoes with arch supports outside the house.
I no longer go barefoot.
Photo by Brian Gaeddert