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Shoe Shopping with Lymphedema

One of the biggest challenges secondary to managing your lymohedema is finding shoes that actually fit and are affordable. A little style would be nice too.  But beggars can’t be choosers, right? And I feel like living a life with lymphedema, I am begging enough.  So I will continue to beg… New Balance, please I beg of you, make wide widths available for customization!  

If you haven’t seen it, the new option for customizing on the New Balance site is awesome! But some shoes are only available in wide, some in 2E. I unfortunately wear a 6E, in men’s.  I had challenges before lymphedema, being flat footed with wide feet, unknowingly affected with lipedema.  I struggled to find female shoes  that were wide enough.  After struggling for cute shoes in Jr high, I gave up the fight and resigned to the fact that I would only ever be able to wear tennis shoes comfortably.  Nothing cute, no sandals.  And my feet only continued to grow.  I wore my last female sneaker about three years before developing lymphedema.  I then started wearing 2E widths in men’s New Balance.  I was so happy to find a larger width that I didn’t even care about how they looked (they were plain black. Nothing fancy at all).  

After I developed LE, I had to move to a 4e. And I can’t tell you how happy I was to find out that there  was such a thing! I believe it was my dad who told me, and I was amazed.  Eventually, I graduated to a 6E, and that’s okay too. As long as I can find shoes to fit my feet, I don’t mind the size.  I urge anyone who has issues with finding shoes, look into new balance. A good pair of shoes can save your feet, legs, & life!  Unfortunately 6E is as wide as it gets, and they usually must be bought online, but it can be done & in just so grateful to New Balance for providing larger footwear.  Good for you,  www.newbalance.com.  

Here is another link that could help, if you have the ultimate devil of foot pain, Plantar Fasciitis! I do, and it’s agony! BTW, I think I’m supposed to mention that I don’t get paid when you click on these sites. I’m just being nice 😆 

http://www.reviewgem.com/best-shoes-for-plantar-fasciitis

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