Local Heart, Global Soul

November 29, 2016

Choosing Function Over Form…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The foot saga continues (in a good way at least) in that my custom boot is now ready.

Of course it’s a prototype and a “work-in-progress”, and we hope to improve future additions as I discover what works and what doesn’t, but it’s a start and a big step away from my old lumpy grey plastic boot.

This one, ok, whilst only slightly less lumpy, is at least a little more camouflaged in basic black.

This is only the second shoe the company have ever made where the entire front section lifts off so that the foot can go in at ninety degrees, so the only way to know if it helps in reality is to wear it.

Even though it’s custom made for my foot, I will have to get to know how tight to pull the straps and to see if enough space has been left for my foot to swell when I’ve been standing, or sitting with my foot down for longer.

I will have to get used to the pressure of the construction on my skin rather than the airbags that are in the bigger boot. I will have to get comfortable with wearing it for longer periods of time. They suggested starting with just five minutes, practicing balancing and generally getting used to it without overdoing it.

We already see some gaps between the  two sections that are going too need adjusting in a future boot, in the meantime I’m looking forward to leading the way in this experimental shoe design. I care less about the look, by now there have been too many hours of tears and pain to start quibbling about if something is enough of a fashion statement, “functional” will do be perfectly well and I’m happy to help make it more and more functional and fashionable later into the future. That said I have also reached the stage where if I had to choose between something that looked fabulous and something that didn’t, but did the job better, I’d go for function over form every day of the week. At least we are trying something new, looking at alternative ideas and making the best of a nasty situation.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

6 Comments »

  1. That looks quite good! Ours at clinic were all neutral gray. Young women would paint them to make them look better.

    Comment by Invisible Mikey — November 29, 2016 @ 1:50 am | Reply

    • Mikey,
      It’s no high fashion piece, but it’s a lot better than the huge grey plastic boot that I’ve been using before (and still use when around the house). At this moment I no longer care what either of them look like, I’m just amazingly grateful that they are there because I can’t walk or stand long without them.

      I certainly can not go outside and walk on even fractionally uneven ground (like our street paved with bricks) so without even (ugly) boots I would be a prisoner at home.
      I can however understand that some ladies would be quick to try and make their shoes/boots into a colour of their choice, luckily I have the luxury of a choice of colour.(I choose black because thought it would go with lots of things in my wardrobe).

      Comment by kiwidutch — November 29, 2016 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  2. I really hope this boot works out – it’s been a long road for you.

    Comment by Elaine - I used to be indecisive — December 2, 2016 @ 11:46 am | Reply

    • Elaine,

      Thank you! The boot can’t solve my dystrophy or pain problem though, the various hospital bits are involved in that (well, the pain bit at least), what the boot does do is make it possible for me to stand and walk for a limited time without crying my eyes out. It gives support to muscles that can no longer do their work and without it I couldn’t walk more than a few steps at a time.

      Comment by kiwidutch — December 6, 2016 @ 1:35 am | Reply

      • It’s a shame the boot can’t help with the pain, but if you can manage to be a little bit more mobile without so much discomfort, then that will be a relief for you.

        Comment by Elaine - I used to be indecisive — December 9, 2016 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

        • Elaine,

          Sorry about the late reply, it’s been hospital (pain treatment time again), then a lousy cold that keeps on keeing on (I still have it, it’s messing with my asthma), and plenty of other things to keep me more down” than “up”. C’est la vie, Now things are getting hectic with Christmas stuff and I’m waaaay behind! The boot is far better than nothing, all I need now is an alternative to crutches and for the pain to disappear. Working on everything as usual.

          Comment by kiwidutch — December 16, 2016 @ 12:10 am | Reply


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