The Small, Dark Room

Last week I went to a local pharmacy who specializes in making shoes for feet that aren’t quite normal. I have Parkinsonism/ Ataxia/ Dystonia and am a Diabetic. The dystonia and my diabetes affect my feet.

Have you ever read the story about how Japan wouldn’t let females have too big of feet? Well, that is my feet. My feet curl under. This can hurt and definitely affect me buying shoes from any regular store.

The sales lady ordered a pair of shoes that she thought would help me. They came in and I was instructed to wear them two hours each day for one week and then I could wear them all the time.

After a few days, I discovered bruises on the top of my toes and upper part of foot. I called the pharmacy and they had me scheduled to return today.

They were going to fit me to some type of deep shoe. I was taken into a small, dark room unlike the room I was instructed to go to in the beginning. That room was full of pretty colored shoes and popular looking shoes.

I freaked out, don’t ask me why. I didn’t want to look different? Probably. We ended up taking the insert out that was provided to help my Ataxia part, the balance of my body, and inserting a thinner insert. I am now home and am to try wearing these.

Hopefully my bruises will be gone and these work, other wise, back to the small room.


These are my shoes.


8 thoughts on “The Small, Dark Room

  1. I hope they work out for you! I have a funny short story. My daughter had invited me to visit them and they offered to pay my way to fly home. Well that morning for some reason, I decided to wear what had been comfortable shoes. I usually wore with socks them. For some reason I decided to not wear the socks. The airport terminal was huge, so I did a lot of walking while I waited to board the plane. A toe on my left foot started to hurt and the leather shoe was rubbing on it. I tried to walk like normal but it hurt, and I tried not to limp. I had to buy a pair of socks and I really did not have many options. Now I can laugh at myself about the situation. Oh, the cashier that waited on me was able to give me a bandaid. That was so very helpful..

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    • That had to be painful. I have tried to wear shoes without socks but it doesn’t work for me anymore. I don’t know if it is my diabetes or if my skin is less tough due to aging. Either way, you and I need to wear socks!!!! lol


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