And back on the topic of Neuropathy...

abrub Member Posts: 2,174 Member

I've never fully recovered, and now know I won't (chemo ended 9 years ago.)  However, the part that is bothering me more now is that my heels feel as if there is absolutely no padding.  Thus everything I do without properly padded/insoled shoes is quite painful.  When I get out of bed in the morning, I'm unsteady because my heels hurt so much; walking to the bathroom is an ordeal, even in my slippers.

This has been ongoing for years, but seems to be getting worse now.  When I'm wearing properly padded shoes with the acupressure insoles I found (and are no longer being made Frown  )  I can walk forever.  Padding alone doesn't work.  (I forgot to move my insoles into an otherwise comfortable pair of shoes yesterday, and walking to the end of my driveway was difficult.)

Any thoughts or recommendations?




  • Trubrit
    Trubrit Member Posts: 5,800 Member

    Because we know we have long term side effect, its easy to overlook some of the more mundane - well, they seem mundane to those of us who have suffered for years - medical issues that can occur. 

    As we age, the padding on the soles of our feet does thin out. You might also have a heel spur, or Plantar Fasciitis. 

    A good quality (NOT Dr. Scholls) OTC orthotic (which it sounds like you might be wearing) insole would be a good place to start.  I think the ones we use are Superfeet. They come in various sizes and fits, depending on your foot structure. Also Powestep. (I'm a Podiatric Medical Assistant, just so you know I'm not trying to play the know-it-all).

    I would also suggest you visit a good podiatrist. He should be able to tell you if your problem is related to the chemo induced neuropathy or from other foot problems. 

    And, last but not least, I know we hate it, but there comes a time when walking around bare footed is not healthy. I'm REALLY fighting that one, as I hate to wear anything on my feet (actually, I hate to wear anything including clothes, period). 

    Good luck!