Christa’s going up in the world
My arches collapse when I walk, which causes pain in my knees. I finally called the ”doctor’s advice line” to see what to do about it, they recommended I go to a physical therapist, and the physical therapist referred me to a foot-and-knee specialist physical therapist. Off I went, hoping something would finally be done.
The therapist made plaster molds of my feet, and was then going to make shoe inserts that would hold my arches up properly. Wonderful! I won’t even need my ”dumb knee things”, my loving nickname for the rubber knee supports I’ve had to wear constantly for the past year or so.
But, those only fit my outside shoes and not my inside shoes (in Europe it’s common to change shoes when you come inside, to keep from tracking dirt in). Inside shoes are usually soft, almost like socks, or else sandals, and I need a good shoe in order to keep my inserts in place. So what did he recommend?
High heels, at least 2.5 cm (1 inch)! I always thought high heels were bad for your feet, I never thought a physical therapist would recommend them. But, he explained, there’s two ways to keep your arch from collapsing. One is pushing them up with a support, the other is standing on your toes. Wearing high heels, you can’t balance with your feet rolling in so you’ll naturally keep from doing it. Huh.
Now I own my first ever pair of high heels.