Happy Feet

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Ahhhhh, happy feet! No I’m not talking about that movie with the dancing penguins! Summer is here, and I am finally back to wearing flip-flops and sandals where my feet can feel free and easy, making me feel free and easy all over too. They have told me many times how much they hate winter and being closed up in those tight zipped up leather boots! They hate the fur-lined slippers that make my feet sweat and smell. They hate the black tights I wear to keep warm as they say they can’t breathe when I wear them.

They hate panty hose of any type. They hate the silly striped socks I smother them in and they especially abhor the red and green Christmas ones with bells on them. Those drive my feet nuts! Oh yea, my feet talk to me. Don’t yours?

But now, with the warm weather, my toes can spread out and see the world from a whole new perspective. They are not cooped up anymore like a caged animal. They can smile and show off as they are seen up close and personal by so many more people, bunions and all. They not only feel prettier, they are prettier due to bi-monthly pedicures, foot massages with lots of silky cream – getting far more attention now than winter necessitates.

However, my feet have told me that I can’t wear those really thin-soled flip-flops like I did when I was young. They need more support now than they used to need! Can’t buy the dollar store ones – forget about it! Now I have to get name brand flip-flops with at least an inch of padding to absorb the shock of a heavier body plunging down on them with every single step. I never thought I’d ever have to spend at least thirty dollars to get a decent pair that wouldn’t cause my feet to ache and scream at me all night long. But it’s the only way to shut my feet up!Now for dressier nights, my flip-flops have to take a back seat to sandals. You know the ones with a little strap across the heel or a cute slide with a mini heel. But as long as the shoe is open for summer, these feet of mine will keep their sense of humor. Close them in, and they become irate just like spoiled brat kids!

There is one more issue I have to consider this summer that I never had to deal with before, and it’s Plantar Fasciitis! This is a condition I acquired in October while appearing in the musical Mamma Mia. While dancing in those high top silver Mylar boots with the three-inch platforms, I tore a tendon in my ankle that has produced serious heel pain that can be excruciating at times. Throughout the winter, I had to wear orthotics in all of my shoes for comfort and to help my foot to heal. As you know, there is nothing fashionable about orthotics, and they can’t be worn with flip flops or sandals, so only time will tell how really contented my feet will be this summer. Oh my, say it’s not so, another aging issue. Yuk!

Hopefully, happy feet are not a thing of the past!

About this writer

  • Diane DeVaughn Stokes

    Diane DeVaughn Stokes

    Diane is the host and producer for “Inside Out” as seen on HTC TV Channel 4, and serves as a commercial spokesperson for several local businesses. She and her husband Chuck own Stages Video productions in Myrtle Beach and share passions for food, theater, travel and scuba diving.

    They own three four legged kids that they adore!

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One Response to “Happy Feet”

  1. Linda O'Connell says:

    LOL, my feet yap at me too. They love summer and abhor winter, also. Cute essay. Hope your feet heel.

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