By Samantha Pollack
Do you love your feet? I do. But they really had to grow on me. I’ve got every foot problem there is: bunions, hammer toes, and chunky, painful toenail fungus on every toe. I’ve also had the lovely experience of having a plantars wart frozen off.
I used to be embarrassed and self-conscious about my feet. I hardly ever got pedicures because of my toenail shame. I had this constant, quiet inner dialogue about my feet: they were gross, ugly, and royally f’d up, dooming me to painful, inevitable bunion surgery, and ultimately rob me of my running.
On top of that, I was a waitress and bartender for over 10 years. I ran 3-5 miles, three times a week. I lived in Boston, famously known for being a “walking city.” And I wasn’t walking around in cushy, structurally sound, nurse shoes. I wore flip-flops, cowboy boots, and cute pumps.
Did I take care of my feet? Heck no. I mean, I’d scrape them with a pumice stone every once in a while, or put them up after a long shift at the restaurant, but that’s about it. Now that I think about it, I was really shitty to my poor feet. I asked so much of them (and they delivered), and I repaid them with shame and abuse. If anyone treated me that way, I’d be outta there like that last little piggy.
In 2010, I moved to Asheville and went to nutrition school. Suddenly I was exposed to a whole world of natural remedies. So I started experimenting with one for my toenails…and it worked!
I was encouraged. Maybe I wasn’t doomed to painful surgeries, or disgusting toes for the rest of my life. Maybe with a little TLC and dedication, I could change my feet.
So, I tried lots and lots of foot care. I even started Physical Therapy for my bunions – who knew that was thing? And gradually, I changed my meanie-pants attitude toward my feet, and started showing them some love and appreciation. They seem to like it. And so, I began to write my Ultimate Foot Care Guide: