These are my tennis shoes. Not that I can play tennis in them. Notice how wide the area is that you would normally put your foot in?
These are my braces. Technically they are known as AFOs or Ankle/Foot Orthotics. When I have them on, they stop just before the ball of my foot. They help me walk better, and have better balance then I would normally have.
This is what my braces look like while in my shoes. Yes in case you are wondering, I have , or rather had big feet. Although my feet have gone down at least a whole shoe size, I need bigger shoes to fit the braces, therefore making me feel like bigfoot.
These are my feet. They look relatively normal, right? ( please pardon the peeling polish...) Notice how my right foot is slightly smaller than my left? that is due to my weakest side being my right. or it could be my photography skills... either way, you get the idea.
Notice in this one how my big toe drops? That is part of the reason why I trip and fall if I'm not careful. I cannot bring my toe back up to be with the others. Therefore when I go to walk, if I'm barefoot, that tricky little toe likes to bend under and hence I smoosh it , trip and fall. Usually cuss a bit too because it hurts like the devil.
Right now I don't want to wear my braces because my left one is rubbing a huge blister on the back of my heel. I don't have a choice however if I am subbing. I'm on my feet so much that I probably would not be able to walk by the end of the day, also trying to keep up with able legged kids trying to all rush at once into the lunchroom, I need all the help I can get:)
Nicole is off school today. It is their fair day. The State Fair of Texas , held in Dallas Fair Park usually runs the last week of September thru mid October. We go every year, however usually we can't go on her fair day. They always give the kids one free ticket, but its always on a weekday and Chris is working. He would have been able to take the day off and go , but with the expenses incured last week at the musical and dinner, we will have to wait till next week to go. I will try to take some pics though and introduce you to Big Tex.
Hope ya'll have a great weekend!