I guess I am officially an old lady...because I've developed a bunion. A bunion is an enlargement of bone or tissue around the joint at the base of the big toe. Basically, a huge bump on the side of the great toe joint. The result is irritated skin (check!), pain when walking (check!), joint redness and pain (check!), and possible shifting of the big toe towards the other toes (sadly, check.) Oh, and add, "rubs against most footwear causing discomfort." Check! Gah. This condition is heriditary, so I have good old mom to thank for this. Right now, it's my right foot only, so I guess things could be worse.
From what I can tell, I could have surgery to have my toe realigned, and to have the bump of bone growth/tissue growth removed, but from the research I've done, the condition likes to come back, so what's the point? Plus, even if I tried it, I'd be looking at 6 to 8 weeks recovery, crutches and the like, which isn't exactly practical since I live alone, have no car, and have a dog that needs to go out three times a day.
All winter I've been rocking these babies which are warm, dry, comfortable and big and roomy enough that they don't irritate the old bunion.
But the weather's getting nicer, and I can't be wearing my Sorel boots in the spring and summer. The jig is up! So until it's officially flip flop season, I think I'm fucked. I've been buying these foam bunion cushions that pad the area so shoes don't hurt as much... but they still hurt. Waaah. And I LOVE shoes! Am I gonna have to start shopping at specialty old lady shoe stores? Oh, the humiliation.