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More about feet and Parkinson’s.

Not so long ago a catalogue would drop through the letterbox from a company called
Hotter. My immediate reaction was to throw it straight in the bin, never would I look at shoes like that! However the onset of cooler weather has made my current choice of footwear very limited, Birkenstocks, one pair of trainers and a pair of walking boots with thin socks.

A limited range!

Anything else seems to hurt my big toe joint and the pain gradually spreads up the foot and even under my toes. I think the problem stems from the dystonia which at times causes my big toe to stick up on its own and the other toes to curl under with some force plus a suggestion of a bunion. I see the Parkinson’s nurse soon and hope that she could help me find an appropriate physio/podiatrist to give advice. Maybe I need some orthotics?

I was very pleased this week that, despite the problems above, I led a six mile walk. I wore my boots with thin socks plus rubbed lashings of neurofen type cream into the affected area and tried to time the dopamine pills to give maximum benefit. I got to the last mile before things began to get a bit painful. It was a large group of walkers and I was concerned that I might take a wrong turn but walking it out three times beforehand meant I could remember all the twists and turns! It was perfect weather and a very enjoyable morning ending with lunch in a pub by the river.

We have booked our flights back to Australia in the New Year and will spend some time with the Lovely Daughter and Handsome Henry including a week when we are in sole charge, global grandparents eh! As he is about to start walking we could be exhausted grandparents too!

5 thoughts on “More about feet and Parkinson’s.

  1. Dear Elspeth, what a nuisance feet can be!!! I too rejected Hotter shoes until last year when I tried on a pair and found them so comfortable that I also bought some sandals in the summer. Sometimes one just has to lower one’s pride. I am impressed that you are managing to enjoy walking in your lovely part of the world even though your foot is proving difficult. Keep up the good work. Lovely to look forward to Australia and your grandparenting duties next year. Hopefully Barbara will organise another lunch before you disappear again.
    John and Frances xx

  2. Ditch fashion and go for comfort!!! toes are a nuisance when they get arthritic type symptoms. Like you my toes were painful at the end of the walk last week (beautiful though it was) so can half imagine what you are going through. Hope the nurse comes up with some ideas. Keep up the good work. Love and hugs Charles and Felicity.xx

  3. Lovely to read another update and I certainly empathise with the Hotter or similar magazine felling through the letter box. Hiwever knowing how much pain your foot problems cause anything which helps must be the way forward. Perhaps you could turn the Hotter’ into a fashion statement by adding sparkly adornments !! Good luck with your nurse and hope she can come up with some workable suggestions – my experience with bespoke orthotics was not very successful but perhaps it depends on the condition they are treating.

    Great news re next visit down under and oh what fun you will have with a mobile Henry!
    Looking forward to seeing you soon . Love Elizabeth and Ken xx

  4. Hi Elspeth
    We just watched “Parkinson’s the Funny Side” just now by Paul Mayhew -Archer. He was diagnosed in 2011 and the film was made in 2016. Have you seen it? There’s a lot about ballet…

    Sent from my iPhone

  5. Hi Elspeth, when my Hotter book dropped through the door recently , I bothered after your comments , to read it and what’s more within four miles of us is a Hotter shop! A visit is planned soon .Barbara is in Cuba at the moment but on her return will arrange a meet up for us all . Will look forward to seeing you . Sue x

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