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Day 116: Cobblestone Streets, Bad for Feet

Day 116: Big Toe Says, "Ouch!"

Day 116: Big Toe Says, "Ouch!"

If you asked me now what the most important part of my body is when it comes to being in good physical condition, I would have to say feet since I’ve had so many issues lately. I used to think that having a good knee was all I wanted, and the back seems to throw everything out of whack if hurting, but the feet have been killing me lately.

From not being able to exercise to worrying about walking off the calories in Malaysia, my feet have been causing me all sorts of grief. And just when I thought I was getting better, I go and drop a bottle on my big toe nail and see blood yesterday. Hmm… yeah, not the best for wanting to clean the apartment and move out. Don’t worry; it’s not too bad. Just a bruised toe with a small cut a band-aid can fix, but it sure did hurt yesterday.

But this whole episode has caused me to think about my feet in a new light. My poor, poor, overworked and under-appreciated feet! They bear the brunt of every upright movement of my body. They help me run from predators (er… Predator?), play with puppies and kick ass. Why have I not treated my poor little feet with more love and respect? I mean, they help me travel to places like Ukraine, Guatemala and Italy.

Italy, with its cobblestone streets — that is a destination that’s rough on the feet.

In fact, they put me down for a couple days during my study abroad adventure in 2004. The arch of my foot was in turmoil, and I was told the cobblestone streets are what probably did it. So, make sure you have good walking shoes over in Italy, folks. Those Chucks are not going to cut it when your foot is bent every which way over bumpy streets.

Out of curiosity, I looked up what sort of damage the cobblestone streets cause on a regular basis, and the quick search brought me to forums of individuals asking for shoe recommendations to blog posts complaining about spraining an ankle in Verona. I couldn’t get a yearly estimate of injuries, but I’m sure these bumpy streets have put a damper on many travel itineraries.

So, get the right shoes and be kind to your feet, people. They take you places!


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4 Responses to Day 116: Cobblestone Streets, Bad for Feet

  1. Alouise April 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    I haven’t really done a whole lot of walking around cobblestone streets, but I can imagine it would be a bit of a pain. I found out the hard way that good footwear is really important when you travel. Five days of walking around in New York City in flip flops is not a good idea.

    • Brooke April 29, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

      From now on I’m all about loving my feet 🙂

  2. Matt June 16, 2011 at 2:42 am #

    I can relate, I traveled in Europe for 3 mos. and I gotta say my feet had never taken such a beating before. I would say getting a good pair of shoes would be the most important purchase pre-departure. My brother used Teva Sandals and he was alright, check out this list I found here There’s also a lot of other great info on European travel on his site.


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