Foot Not The Same

I am a 50-year old man who has limb-girdle muscular dystrophy. I can still walk, though my physical disability level has greatly increased after breaking my left ankle in August 2001.

The type of shoe I wear is very important to me, and when I find a pair that works for me, I stick with that type. I often will buy extra pairs. I changed my shoes out after my cast was removed last year, and found that my right foot fit too tightly in the new pair, which was the same type and size as the previous pair. I then went through my entire stash of new shoes, and the right shoe was too tight on all. All were the same size and style of shoes I have been wearing for years. I had the right shoe stretched on two of the new pairs; then bought a wooden shoe stretcher and went to work on them myself. All of this has helped, but the outer 3 toes on my right foot constantly hurt from wearing the new shoes.

I am at a loss as to what to do. It makes me think that perhaps there is a link to the broken left ankle; possibly a gait change from the increased disability; or could my AFOs be causing something? Any ideas are welcome.

Posted By Phil Hardy on August 06, 2002 at 20:32:16:

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