My recent footwear
Dr. Rick the podiatrist removed the entire left half of my toenail on an ailing little piggy last Tuesday, including the root of the nail on the painful side of the toe.
The ingrown toenail was on the toe next to the big toe on my right foot—the one that still has sensation. It had been painful for more than two weeks. Since it was already sore and swollen, I figured a sandal would avoid any pressure on the ailing little piggy after the podiatrist did whatever he was going to do and the deadening injections wore off. It worked, but because sandals don’t work with the brace or Bioness I need for walking, the mismatched footwear looked pretty bizarre.
After my stroke I ditched footwear with any hint of style in favor of shoes I could wear successfully with brace or my Bioness. My priority in post-stroke reality is regaining movement. I am ruthless about wearing what helps rather than hinders, although I have had assistance from therapists in recognizing the difference at times.
I have been off my feet most of last week. Saturday included outings, yes, with my odd footwear, to our favorite coffee shop and to a Saturday evening church service.
My foot is healing and feeling better. I am still avoiding shoe or sock on that particular little piggy. Hopefully by the time for therapy on Tuesday, two days from now, I will be back into shoes that match.