I wonder if anyone has any advice or experience of wearing fit flops? I have had a pair of sandals for around 20 years, and they have been so comfortable that I wanted to replace them. The new ones are similar in design, and they are meant to improve posture amongst other things. I thought I would wear them around the house for a while to see if they were comfortable. They definitely ‘realign’ the body posture. I didn’t notice with my old ones, as I had them so long. However, after having had a good day previously, the following morning I was full of aches and pains and felt awful. I have osteoporosis anyway and am on prednisone, and wondered if I was having a flare up, but having felt ok the previous day, could it have been these new sandals, that had forced me into a new position?! Would appreciate any comments or experience with these.
Fit-flops (not flip flops!): I wonder if anyone has... - PMRGCAuk
I bought Fit-flops for the first time a couple of months ago. They are the slider type because I cannot bear anything between my toes. I wear them around the house for a couple of hours and think they do help my back, but the drawback for me is that Fit-Flops are too wide and long for my feet, so I can't wear them for too long. They don't make ones to fit (UK 3). Try wearing yours for a short time to begin with and then increase when you feel better. Sorry, that is all I can suggest.
Probably new sandals.
When I had orthotics, the lady fitting them (at the hospital) said for the first few days your legs muscles etc may feel a bit strange, it’s because your feet will be in a slightly different position so will affect legs/hips.
I did eventually get used to them, but have to say they weren’t any good for wearing with sandals, so I stopped using them come the summer. When I started again last Autumn in boots same effect!
So, as the old saying goes “you need to wear them in”
My daughter in law swears by them, most of her footwear is made by them, boots to sandals....she has very bad back though and thinks they help.
Thankyou DorsetLady. I thought someone must know what I’m talking about! I do feel the pull on my legs, but next day it was the bad pain in my hips and back which had come from nowhere! There is a wobble board underneath the heel which has worn away in my old ones. I don’t know whether to hang on to them or send them back! I will probably hang on to them until it’s too late to return and then take them to a charity shop! Mm....dilemma.
Yes that’s the problem. You hang on to things, and then by the time you’ve decided they’re not really you, it’s too late.
Hate to say how many things have ended up in charity shop!
As nevagivup says wear them for a couple of hours around the house for a few days and see if it becomes any better. In fact that’s what orthotics lady told me - forgot to mention that! Duh!
I’ll do that, though I struggled a bit with my old ones today when I was out with my achey hips, and my specs with prisms! Have been walking around barefoot in the house because I didn’t trust my footwear!
I’m like you as far as charity shops are concerned. Some of my clothes still have labels on. I have to learn to resist a bargain, but not all of them were bargains! I buy things when I want to cheer myself up! .....then there are the unwanted presents. I don’t need colouring in books, any more scented candles or ornaments (apologies for sounding ungrateful!)
Know where you’re coming from! I
I’ve just offloaded some more “stuff” this afternoon. Have my 18year old grandson from NZ staying for the summer, so had to clear some space in spare room wardrobe for him. Focused the mind!
Q. Do I really need to keep those shoes I bought 2 years ago, and have never worn!
So cast out 😇
At least you were motivated by your grandson coming, then you can get focussed on making some space. I have two crammed wardrobes full of clothes, + bags, shoes and hundreds of scarves. I still wear the same things! I do take things to charity though, and to the Salvation Army clothes banks, only decent stuff though. With shoes, it’s not so much about not liking them, it’s when they’re just not comfortable once you get home.
Lovely for you to have your grandson around for the summer. My sister has been widowed, and is having her grandson stay as he has tickets for Wimbledon. It enables one to refocus, as I find when I have visitors.
It is, but quite humid today. I’m in Matlock Bath which can get a bit like an inland Blackpool. Fortunately live above it on a hill, and avoid it at weekends! I am familiar with that border area where your son lives. Have done lots of walking there, though not that much lately as can only manage gentle walks for now!
I think teenagers can get a bit restless, and if he has the summer job, he’ll appreciate the free time and the meals!
Dorset, resisted spelling with aa, arrived here yesterday by train, from very hot Cheshire/Derbs, lovely more gentle heat here, so far. 😎😎
Fit Flops, feet do need to get adjusted, but more stylish than my favourite at the moment Sketchers, Go Walk. Sent a pair by a friend who has RA, she had worn them a couple of times around the house, but too tight for her.Now has Sketchers Walk 4. Wider and more foot massage. Says the are sublime.
Good to have a friend like this as I have benefited from her ‘as new’ s for years. Otherwise they go to Charity Shop. I have been able to reciprocate from time to time.
Will be tripping, hope not!! me down to Bridport this evening, 👟👟
I need to write that down- and act on it. Sometimes I look at my clothes in the wardrobe and think , would I buy those things if they were on a rail in a shop, and the answer is No! Some are near duplicates too. I wear and need the same few items of clothing, from an outdoor shop (and with binoculars round my neck.) Why then do I have clothes suitable for weddings, cruises, smart restaurants,..just in case....!
Actually I don’t like clothes shopping - never have! Probably because I never fitted your average size. Long back so tops always too short, dress waists too high; Larger waist than “specified” so if it fits there miles too big round hips/bum - if it fits round hips much too tight on waist!
So I get frustrated and am apt to just “buy” and then get it home and find I don’t teally like it or it’s going to take too much alteration to fit properly!
Ah to be rich enough to get clothes made to fit!
Quite agree...shop sizes vary so much it's ridiculous.....I am bumblebee shaped!🐝 slim arms and legs.....bigger in the middle...difficult to get slim fitting waisted comfortable trousers....skirts etc that are on hips, hate them.......yes hate shopping.....especially for food.......same old meals after all these years.......oh dear, must stop moaning!
Oh good, another soul sister who doesn’t like shopping! Could never understand the appeal of a girls day out doing only that! Okay sometimes with daughter for something special, and I do with her when I see her, because I don’t see her that often - so it’s a novelty - and she’s got an entirely male household, so needs a woman’s view sometimes!
Food - boring. Must admit I resort more to online shopping - for packets, tins and anything heavy etc, but still like to choose fresh stuff - but I wouldn’t object if I could just take a tablet instead! And then go out occasionally where someone else buys, cooks and clears up - does that sound reasonable!
I think the reason I keep buying similar things is because I try and find the perfect fit and never do. Trouble is I want the clothes to look like the ones on the dummies and they never will!
(At the moment don’t care because my leg and hips are giving me some trouble and it hurts to move. Went down to 5mg from 6 today- possibly why?
I keep hearing people say that diet is so important , yet today I was out and had cappuccino and cake, Welsh Rarebit, chocolate biscuits and still my evening meal to come. Just feel weak-willed at present!)
Would say the drop from 6-5mg is probably the reason why you feel a bit iffy. Could try slower taper i.e. only 0.5mg instead of 1mg (uncoated pills are easy enough to cut with pill cutter) and/or a taper that takes a few weeks to get from old to new dose rather than “overnight”
Here’s one I made earlier - healthunlocked.com/pmrgcauk...
Diet is important to stop the Pred induced weight gain - but that’s usually on higher doses, and of course some foods are better re inflammation than others, and some react to different foods more than others. But to be honest I never got too hung up about it. Just try and be sensible most of the time, and an occasional blow out day is okay!
Thankyou! Am having a lie down and now my left arm aches as well as my thigh playing up. Have had a day out and it was very hot.
My Pred dose has been a reduction of 1mg monthly from an original 20mg. Have had some reasonable days along the line, and last Sunday felt back to normal, followed by a bad day. From my new dose of 5mg today, next month is 5 one day 4 the next and so on. Then 4mg for a month then 4/3 following month until 0. This was from the Rheumatologist. Will look at the ‘one you made earlier’, i’m not very good at working things out.
I don’t know what 0.5mg is, not being very mathematical. 🤔 ??
I’m not worried about gaining weight. In my case I lost it, (7 stone 13) except for bloating, but that could also be from diverticulitis. I eat pulses, and soya being vegetarian, and they can cause bloating but not sure about inflammation .
Ah... I understand half a 1mg tablet! It was that decimal point that threw me. Do you think I should try this instead of the one you made earlier plan? Have taken a look at it, but don’t know how to private message to email. I get confused on this site, am not very bright in some areas! Sorry for taking up time on a Friday night.
I agree. I wear them all the time. At first they pulled until I got used to them but now I rarely wear anything else. I have walked most of the major cities in the world in them.
Worth persevering as they make a difference if you can get used to them
They do well on eBay if you don’t want to give them away. Every little helps
I sent some to charity which were new, but they had no backs. My ancient ones are still comfortable and I wear them everywhere - even had them mended! The problem with these new ones is that I wondered if they were causing the pain I had, as my body was realigned (I think!) Will persevere and still have time to return!
I think it’s better if you can try them in a shop, although you can send them back otherwise. I wanted a particular style, so ordered them online.
For comfort I buy Sketchers, and they’re like wearing slippers, - not as stylish, but fine with trousers. Haven’t seen sandals though. Trouble is, they spoilt me for other shoes!
Hello,l have always found that certain footwear causes numbness and stiffness in my feet and legs,especially when l go from boots during the winter to summer sandals.l wear old mule like sandals indoors,they have a slightly raised heel.lt really effects me when l wear really flat shoes. I find it very difficult to find footwear that is comfortable when buying something new.l am sure that as you get used to your new flip flops your legs will adjust,but personally l cannot wear very flat shoes or sandals as they seem to pull on my calf muscles which effects my legs all the way up.Good luck,l hope you can avoid sending your flip flops to the charity shop.
My new fit flops sandals have a 2 inch wedge heel with two wideish straps across the foot. I can’t wear flat ones with thin soles either. I didn’t mind the sensation of them if I could be sure they didn’t affect my balance when out, as they do feel different, or that the osteoporosis/PMR pain didn’t kick in, unless it was coincidence. Not the charity shop yet as they’re still within sending back date!
I’m not very keen on backless sandals as I always end up gripping the front too much and my toes get sore! I’ve got quite narrow feet but find Merrell sandals, although a bit roughty tufty looking ( lol) do the job in the daytime with Clark’s providing a smarter but very comfortable sandal if required . The sales are on in the uk at present - bargains abound!
I found Fitflops sneakers some years ago and was so happy to have shoes that didn't look like running shoes but felt comfortable. Then the store that carried them here closed and so I got my cousin to send me two pairs from the UK (at that time Fitflop didn't sent internationally, maybe they do now) which looked identical to what I had, but I found I couldn't wear them, they killed my feet. Fortunately they fit someone else in the family so they didn't go to waste but I was very disappointed. I was also sorry to discover that once the sole wears out they cannot be repaired - there is nothing to attach a new sole to. So it may not just be that your sandals are new, they may actually be slightly differently constructed so not fitting the way your old ones did when they were new.
The sole looks the same, but the upper part is slightly different, not as flexible, and instead of the Velcro back fastening there is a buckle - not really an improvement in my opinion. However I was prepared to give them a go, until this niggle over whether or not they caused the severe pains the following day.
How frustrating that you thought you had found replacements! I think they come from different sources sometimes and that can affect the fit. We do have various stockists here (UK) but sometimes a limited stock, hence my buying them online.
I'm shocked at how many people wear fit flops. I wear them too. I have had them a long long time. 2 pairs. I had a pair of fit flop winter boots which for some reason were useless and off to the goodwill with them but in the summer I wear them all the time. I never, however, wear them on long long walks. I love them but have noticed no difference in how they make me feel ...except the initial annoyance of the thing between my toes at the beginning of summer. They sure do last a long long time! I didn't know they were still in existence! You learn something new everyday.
Now off to throw out everything in my closet..am inspired by you all.
I wear Fit Flops all day everyday and have done for years. I have a few pairs that I alternate ( different colours and styles). They do take a few weeks to get used to, new pairs are more firm even to long-term users. I usually buy my new ones in sales as I'm not after most current styles.
Calf muscles can ache a bit at first but do persevere. I also wear mine as slippers indoors. I cannot wear any cheap rigid shoes, boots or sandals and always go for anatomically formed footware. Sketchers are good too. Google Fitflops sales and buy some to try.
Thankyou tansy. I wanted some like my old ones, but they seem to have been discontinued unfortunately, and they were really soft and comfortable from the start. The new ones are similar, but not as pliable. It wasn’t just my calf muscles but pain up to my hips. I was testing them indoors in case I had to return them. I wear sketchers and Keen sandals. Can’t believe I ever wore heels like Meghan Markle!
I had no problems with my old ones, years old and still wearing them. It’s just that the new ones aren’t quite as comfortable, and I wondered if they had caused the bad pains the following day due to my having PMR. I wore them for an evening, in the house. I know the intention is to sort out muscles correctly, but I wondered if it applied only if there are no other problems! Thankyou Angelina