Writer and blogger Lisa Winkler has this to say about menopausal feet:
On a wintery day walking New York street after street
I began to notice a pain in my feet.
Like walking on a large marble or a fallen down sock,
My toes became numb; the balls of my feet like a rock.
I entered a shoe store, I figured why not?
Perhaps new boots would solve my problem on the spot.
I tried several pairs, yet the aches remained
Nothing it seemed alleviated the pain.
With only a few days before leaving town
I figured I better get the rundown.
Finding a podiatrist on a Friday late
I’d be lucky to land an appointment that date.
Alas, pinched nerves seemed the cause
He wrapped my feet in tape and gauze.
Told to keep them dry and walk a lot
I boarded my plane to LA where it was hot.
When I saw the pool and the sunny deck,
I knew the tape had to go; what the heck.
I swam and walked,
Met Miriam and talked.
I biked in Sonoma
Trying to ignore the neuroma
Upon my return to NJ, the Pod-man retaped
And assured me in time my issues would abate.
Yet there was more snow and my boots didn’t fit
So the problem feet shoe store I did visit.
“Your shoes are too small,” the salesman cried.
“Your foot is larger and also quite wide.”
“You mean I have to throw out all the 7Bs?”
“Yes, and buy larger shoes. I think 8Cs.”
Aging it seems, changes one’s feet,
Buying new shoes isn’t such a bad treat.
Menopausal Feet: For more on the woes of menopausal feet, check out this article.
And here’s a post of mine on Vibrant Nation that talks about the layer of fat that goes away on the bottom of the foot. Many readers chimed in with comments.
Lisa K. Winkler’s blog: http://cyclingrandma.wordpress.com/, chronicles her opinions and observations. She’s wrote a play, The Shabbos List, and wrote the book, On the Trail of the Ancestors: A Black Cowboy’s Ride Across America. She edited the anthology Tangerine Tango: Women Writers Share Slices of Life and teaches memoir writing. Find out more at her website: www.lisakwinkler.com