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The Wonders of Insoles

Many fibromyalgia sufferers tend to ache terribly in their feet, making it very painful when they walk.

That’s me as well. I can hardly walk a proper 10 minutes before they start hurting incredibly.

In addition to fm pains, I also have plantar fasciitis and a mid tarsal sprain (added to flat feet), which also cause my feet (esp the heels) to burn alot with pins and needles even when they’re rested.

I’ve found other sufferers who have these problems too, so I’m not sure if this is also related to fm in some way.

Anyway, while I’m waiting to get special orthotics made, my physiotherapist suggested buying arch supports from the pharmacy as an interim measure.

Admittedly, I was very sceptical as to whether this would work, as I’ve spent lots of money on expensive, so called ‘comfort shoes in the past.’ Eventually though, I decided to give it a go, as this seemed a hundred times better than the alternatives – steroid injections in the feet, surgery and possibly, a walking stick.

I’ve got a new way to walk!

End of story – I tried the insoles and I LOVE THEM! They’re superb I tell you!

Along with my painkillers and physio exercises, they’ve made walking much much more bearable.

I got a pair for about £25 from Boots (expensive I know but there are cheaper ones). Once I got them into my shoes correctly, I was shocked at the major difference they made.

Walking has never felt so comfortable, and I assure you I’ve spent loads of money on padded ‘comfort’ shoes before, but they pale into insignificance next to these insoles.

If you have the same kinds of feet woes when you walk, try insoles. I hate to do any free advertising but these are so great I have to tell you. They’re Scholl Orthaheel Heel and Ankle Stabiliser.

Let me know how you find them or how you cope with pains and/or discomfort when you walk.

Gentle hugs 🙂

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Alisha Nurse is a curry-loving writer & comms professional who holds a Master of Arts Degree in Journalism (International) from the University of Westminster, London. Get in touch with any feedback or questions via the contact form in the 'About' section.

5 thoughts on “The Wonders of Insoles

  1. I like this blog entry, and the video added that throw back energy and a well-appreciated humour. I have not been diagnosed with and I am not experiencing FM. However, I totally agree with you and I can certainly testify to ‘the wonders of insoles’. I have been using Dr. Scholls (US Brand) insoles for over 3 years and they have been really excellent. A friend of mine also recently purchased a pair of Clarks insoles and they too are extremely comfortable.

  2. Where do you get then from please as I walk Ealing bad and most days need walking stuck as my feet don’t work and are paid full and I fall over

    1. Hi Lori, thanks for reaching out. Im sorry to hear things are so tough. Are you in the UK? if you are , you can get these from any Boots, chemists and even online:
      https://www.amazon.co.uk/Scholl-Orthaheel-Regular-Orthotic-Small/dp/B003ASYE4C/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1486934597&sr=8-2&keywords=scholl%2Borthoheel&th=1

      There are different ones for different things so have a look round.

      I think in the longer term it may be worth seeing a physio therapist as that helped me alot but look online for some of the exercises that you can do at home. One that helped the pain in the soles of my feet was standing on the edge of the stairs, holding onto the rail and slowly going up to the tip of my toes then coming back down. Start with ten times a day. I’m learning to swim too and that helps. Try to incorporate plenty of ginger and turmeric into your diet to help with the pain and inflammation. Let me know how you get on ok? gentle hugs x

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