Saturday, June 4, 2011

Bunions and a True Friend

Once a week I take a moment to interrupt my simple life journey for extra bonus material.  A recipe, decorating ideas, a tip, or a post to make you smile.

 
Spikes:  a bunion protection method


So I have bunions.  I am sorry if that grosses anyone out.  I have been told not to share this information, but, proof above, even the best of us have them.  You can have bunions and still be sexy.

I was in my 20's when I received this gift of bunions, but it was partly my fault. 

When I was in my teenage years, I went to buy a pair of shoes that I searched all across town for.  When I finally found them, to my complete disappointment, they did not have my size.  I wear an 8½.  All they had was a size 8.  Close enough, I thought to myself.  I felt like Cinerella’s stepsisters as I tried desperately to fit my foot into the shoe.  I finally got my feet into them.  My large toes were curled under, but they fit!

Anyway, I wore them thinking my foot would stretch them out because leather is suppose to stretch out, right?  To another size?  Duh.  I could feel my big toes curled up within the shoes.  I bought them, and by golly, I wore them.  They hurt, yeah, but isn’t that a part of looking good?  As I passed by a mirror, I stopped to look at myself.  I looked awesome. 

Well, as my toes bent, my bones alongside my feet began to bend.  Without knowing it, I trained my large toes to grow sideways.  Totally worth it to look so good.  And so, I have bunions and a slight case of hammertoe. 

Well, one of my bunions has begun to hurt over the years, and I became so tired of living with the pain.  As I was at the shoe store, a certain brand name of shoe caught my eye.  Maybe you have heard of it too?  Hushpuppies.  All of a sudden I became attracted to them.  Real attracted to them.  Sure my grandma wore a pair of the ones I was trying on, but I thought to myself, What if I could make them cute with the rest of my outfit?  What if I started a trend?  Young women wearing Hushpuppies?  I could see it now.  All of us young mothers wearing orthopedic shoes and being proud while wearing them.  They felt like pillows on my feet.  My bunion snuggled right into them.  They are made for each other, I thought as I looked down sympathetically at my bunion.  He needs them. 

I talked myself into them with such a strong argument that I got out my credit card, slammed it down on the counter, and said to the salesman, “Let me have these orthopedic Hushpuppies in light tan so I can wear them with everything.”  I was so proud of myself and felt so confident about my decision.  But.... I would need to run them by one person, just in case.  I would need to get one other mom on board, just for a ‘cherry on the top’ boost of confidence.  I could totally talk Anita, my friend, into them.  She would be buying a pair for herself as well.  We would wear them together, and people would look on with envy.

I drove past Anita’s house on my way home.  I pulled the box out of the bag to show her, “Anita, open your mind.  I need to show you something.”  As I opened the box and took out the shoes, before I could even open my mouth to start my passionate speech about orthopedics, she asked a question with a word I have never and will never hear her say again.  “What the ---- are those and why do you have them?”  I was shocked.  I tried to defend them.  I tried to explain this great plan of mine.  She would have nothing to do with it.  “Janna,” she said, “I am sorry, but I cannot let you wear those.  As your friend, I have to stop you.”

My shoulders dropped.  Deep down I knew that wearing orthopedics was not okay until I am 73.  As I put the shoes back into their box, I realized something.  Anita was a true friend. 

Because only a true friend would tell you not to wear orthopedic Hushpuppies when you are in your mid 30’s.

I am sorry, but I am still a little attracted to them.

17 comments:

  1. Janna you are reason to speak of this problem. I don't have bunions but maybe later i will have this particularity with you !!! (but i hope "no" ;-)). It's very important to speak the real life. Imagine a dinner or a feast : "Hello my name is Janna i have bunions and you ? Hemorroides ?

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  2. Anita is a good friend to you! When you start wearing those shoes you will also be required to wear socks with sandals, Christmas sweaters, cut your hair short and wear large curlers in it every morning and buy Depends for those "just in case moments". So put on a pair of heels and endure your bunions for just a while longer.

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  3. Haha! I can picture Anita's concerned face as she told you to take them back. Did you? or are they in the back of your closet waiting for the right time to make their debut? :)

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  4. Glad to hear other moms exist out there with bunions! Mine have started to hurt too! Can't we have surgery or something? :)

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  5. Thank you for sharing your bunion with me. I see that you are "anonymously" shy about it. I understand your hesitancy to reveal yourself.
    I am so excited to finally have a bunion buddy. Meet me at the shoe store. I have an idea.

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  6. JANNA,
    YOU ARE FUNNY. WHILE I READ YOUR WRITING, I CAN HEAR YOU SAY IT IN PERSON,
    YOUR HONESTY IS AMAZING AND WE RELATE BECAUSE.
    LOVE AND GOD BLESS
    AUNT GERRY

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  7. Janna, I love your bunions piece. I say you secretly wear them around the house. No one will ever know! Looking forward to more "extra bonus material." :)

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  8. Oh that's a true friend, for sure! I love it!

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  9. I have bunions too (no doubt from all the cute shoes I've worn over the years)! But you don't know how many times I've wished I could just pop on a pair of granny shoes and be done with it. Guess I still have about another 50 years til I'll be able to wear comfortable shoes.

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  10. This is the funniest thing I have ever read

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  11. I would never have let you wear them either. I don't even let my 73-year old mother wear those hideous things. Maybe draw a face on your bunion and glue google eyes to it. Now THAT would be starting a trend!!!

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  12. Lol, I would stop you too!

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  13. I am finding I have a lot of true friends.

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  14. I have no bunions, nor hammertoes (I think it's because I hardly ever WEAR shoes unless I'm outside of the house, and since I'm always indoors, I'm just either barefoot, or in my socks & slippers.) However, that said, I have wide feet, and I'm prone to arch-related pain and heel-spurs (you know -- the shooting pain right up your heel, like stepping on needles!) So I do what I can to wear comfy shoes when needed, and mix it up with sassy heels & wedges other times. That said, Naturalizer has a fair amount of very comfy AND cute shoes. . . I got some black Mary Jane style shoes, that are sort of a cross between a sneaker and a dress shoe. I've gotten a lot of mileage out of those babies. :)

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  15. Janna your post made me giggle! I just wanted to let you know that there is another option to make your bunion more comfortable. A podiatrist can treat the condition by reducing the pressure on the side of the bump with padding and/or strapping. Orthotic devices can also be used to assist in control of the foot function which can relieve symptoms. I hope this helps!

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  16. A great toe stretcher/straightner that provides hammer toe and bunions treatmentis SmartToes. It's unique design with an extended base helps straighten and align your toes and feet, increasing your flexibility and bringing relief to sore and stressed out feet. Other solutions to get your feet feeling better fast include yoga toes stretching and foot exercises. The Achilles Tendon and calf muscle becomes tight from high heels, so it's important to actively perform stretches. Also, the nature of high heels causes the toes to buckle and contract.

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  17. Wearing the right kind of shoes is very important. Go roomy and comfortable. Pick shoes that have a wide toe and skip those with high heels or pointed toes. Also, spending long periods of time on your feet can aggravate the symptoms of bunions. I use SmartToes Toe Stretchers for bunion treatment and hammer toe treatment. The unique design helps straighten and align your toes and feet and provide relief for bunion and hammer toe.

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