Happy Feet…and I’m not talking about Penguins!

And I am not speaking of Jay Cutler being given time to dance around and throw the ball, because the Offensive Line chose to do their jobs…I am talking about our Feet…and how to make and keep them happy!

According to a poll on Glamour.com, 95% of the women surveyed would wear a pair of fabulous shoes even though they kill their feet.   And I am guilty as charged!  I attended a fundraiser at Navy Pier, and had gotten ready with some friends at a downtown hotel.  The shoes  felt great from the suite, where we got ready, to the elevator and that’s about it.  That was walking 100 or so feet… thank goodness I had my “fast flats’ (foldable ballet slippers that fit into my evening bag)  and I was able to put on when I literally could not walk anymore….which was basically by 9PM.  And here are those shoes, which I believed I posted on Facebook, with the caption, “Evil”.

Earlier this summer on the Today show,  they did a segment on how to save yourself from foot pain now and injuries in the future.  The expert with the advice was Dr. Roshini Raj .

In order to save your feet, she recommended:

  1. Shopping for sandals during the summer.  Your feet expand during the heat so it’s best to buy sandals that will fit your enlarged feet.
  2. Buying shoes made out of natural materials.  They will stretch and mold to your feet.  Faux leather will not.
  3. Rotating your footwear.  This will help distribute the pressure on your feet so it’s not in the same place everyday.
  4. Wearing sandals, wedges, etc with a back strap.  With flip-flops your toes curl to hold on to the shoe.


Happy Feet

In order to have Happy Feet, you don’t have to pack your closet exclusively with Crocs and Slippers.  Just follow these tips:

1. Try not to stand or walk around in heels higher than two inches for more than four hours straight. (If you do wear extremely high heels on a big night out, ice your feet when you get home to curb any swelling or pain.)

2. Remember that feet can still grow and spread throughout adulthood (especially after pregnancy) and tend to be at their most swollen at the end of the day, so do your shoe shopping in the afternoon. Have your feet measured every year to make sure you’re buying the right size.

3. For extra heel and arch cushioning, slip orthopedic inserts into your flats. Most won’t fit into skimpy high heels, so use gel pads or Foot Petals, there instead. You can buy them at a drugstore for around $20, or spring for custom-made orthotics from a doctor.  Yeah, best to stick with foot petals, so you don’t have to say you are wearing “orthotics”. 🙂

4. As your body’s “essential support system”, your feet can take a lot of weight, but “every pound you gain means an extra three pounds of pressure in your ankle region.”   Thankfully I have thick ankles!  Yet another reason to always maintain a healthy weight.  Note to file!

5. To keep your feet limber, do stretches such as writing the alphabet with pointed toes; to massage your arches, roll your feet over a tennis ball for a few minutes a day; and to stretch your ankle and calf, extend your knee, place a towel around the ball of your foot, and pull toes backwards.

(Source:  MSNBC).


Tips for Happy Feet

1. Exfoliate regularly. A pumice stone will be enough if you just have a little rough skin, but if you have  calluses, or hard, dry, skin, look for a good foot scrub.

2. Moisturize. Put lotion on your feet at least once a day, and after you exfoliate. Lotions with shea butter or cocoa butter are rich moisturizers that will make your feet baby-soft sooner, but beware of using them  before you put on your shoes.  They can make your feet greasy and you might hurt yourself by not giving your feet enough traction in shoes or on the floor.  I have tripped and fallen, more times than I can count after a pedicure with greasy feet…do yourself a favor, and ask the pedicurist to wipe the excess lotion off your feet.

3. Put on socks after a shower. Socks will help you retain some of the moisture from your shower. For an added benefit, put lotion on your feet before putting on socks and you’ll wake up to soft feet.  If you cannot bear to sleep all night with socks, you can always kick the socks off during the night, and you’ll still get the benefit of soft feet.

4. Get a pedicure regularly. Whether you do it yourself or have a professional do it, treat your feet every once in while, even if it’s just some snappy nail polish and foot cream.

5. Buy a pedicure kit. This will help you if you choose to do your own pedicures, but also comes in handy if you have your pedicures done at a nail salon. You will always know that your tools are only used on your feet and that they are properly sterilized, preventing infections, or even worse things…!

6. Take it easy on the high heels. Heels are fine in moderation, but if you wear them too often, they can cause problems with your toes, foot bones, and ankles. Try not to do a lot of walking or dancing in extremely high heels, and bring a pair of ballet slipper with you to change into.  Remember, that however appealing those high-heel, high-fashion shoes are, your feet need to carry you around for a lifetime.  Treat them kindly.   I’m a fan of Dr. Sholl’s Fast Flats, but I’ve just been introduced to Footzy Rolls:   Footzyroll Rollable Shoes are completely rollable and foldable, and fit into the smallest bag or clutch.    (www.abernook.com).

7. Get shoes that fit. Don’t let vanity affect the shoes you wear. Make sure you get the right size, and don’t try to squeeze your feet into shoes that don’t fit right.  Unless you’re bowling, no one knows that size shoe you wear.  Wearing ill-fitting shoes, can cause, at the very least, very painful blisters.  And to alleviate those painful blisters, use Blister Block.  I keep one in my car, and one in my purse.  Tips on fit are mentioned below.

8. Or…try to wear a lower heel.  A 2-inch heel causes fewer problems than a 4-inch heel. A lower heel will give you an elongated appearance if it is a thin stiletto type rather than a thick or chunky heel. 

9. Try wearing a larger size than usual and insert heel cups into the backs for a better or more comfortable fit.

10. Wear open toe shoes to help alleviate discomfort in your toes. Partially open toe shoes have become more acceptable in many work environments, allowing you to further customize your shoes to your feet.  And forget the panty hose if you are wearing open toe shoes…but a dark colored tight, can work with open toes shoes (though not the ones below). 🙂  And these little numbers are soon to be mine!

Suggestions on proper shoe fit:    

Shoes support you.  You need to support them.  Wear shoes that fit properly.  Poorly fitting shoes can cause bunions, corns, calluses, hammer toes and other foot problems. You can prevent some of these problems by paying attention to how you select your new shoes.

• Don’t select shoes by the manufacturer’s size. Sizes vary among shoe brands and styles. Judge the shoe by how it fits on your foot.

• Select a shoe that conforms as nearly as possible to the shape of your foot.

• Have your feet measured regularly. The size of your feet change as you grow older. For women, size may change during pregnancy.

• Have BOTH feet measured. Most people have one foot larger than the other. Fit to the larger foot. You will not be able to buy shoes in 2 different sizes, btw…

• Fit at the end of the day when your feet are largest.

• Stand during the fitting process and check that there is adequate space (3/8″ to 1/2″) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe.

• Make sure the ball of the foot fits comfortably into the widest part (ball pocket) of the shoe.

• Don’t purchase shoes that feel too tight, expecting them to “stretch” to fit.  This will most likely Not happen.

• Your heel should fit comfortably in the shoe with a minimum amount of slippage.

•Walk in the shoe to make sure it fits and feels right.

May you all have Happy Feet!



JAY WATCH – (my musings of my favorite QB) – Yes, we all saw Jay Cutler cheering on his ex-fiance (let’s keep it that way, please) on Dancing with the Stars.  I loved this little tid-bit which was brought to my attention from my sister, Megan, which she found on CNN.com (credible news source, btw).

Kristin Cavallari paid tribute to 2005, the year she graduated from high school and moved to Los Angeles. Guess this woman’s never had a crisis.  Kristin and Mark Ballas danced a sexy samba that seemed to wow Kristin’s former fiance, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who seemed to think that attending a TV dance show is much more important than preparing for next week’s clash with the undefeated Detroit Lions.

Well said…Yes, the Lions are indeed,  4-0, and My Funky QB should have been in Chicago prepping for this Very important game.  Even I have been prepping for this very important game.  And, in addition, the photo of Jay, in LA (Hollywood, of course), Tuesday morning, sporting “salmon-colored” pants (I referred to them as Pink, and “my boy Ken” corrected me…and rightly so), was equally as shocking.  He should auction them off with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, along with the other “pink” or salmon-colored items from Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Go Bears…bEAT the Lions!! 🙂



  1. Couple comments…are the toenails in the first picture just a tad long for your liking? Couldn’t believe Jay was on the sideline for Dancing with the Stars? His ex was a good dancer and never should have gone before Chaz Bono. You know me, I’m very frugal on my heel height…so am always amazed to see women walking through O’Hare with 3-4″ heels. Geez, what do they wear when they’re not airport walking? Finally, the last cartoon made me smile. Have a gorgeous Chicago weekend and Go BEARS!

  2. Excellent blog TOB………I am a firm believer in “Happy Feet”. You only get one pair, take care of them! I can’t even comment on your boy Jay. What a waste. Go Bears…we’ll need a miracle cause Jay hasn’t studied.

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