I have a lot of pain when I first get up in the morning. I used to have pain all the time, but I started wearing Vibram toe shoes when I clean, go out walking, etc. and that made a WORLD of difference. I still wear regular shoes most days for work, but the Vibrams strengthened the muscles in my feet and calves, separated my toes, and has eliminated almost all of my knee and joint pain. So…yay! I can go up and down stairs again BETTER than I could ten years ago. However, the pain I get in my feet when I first get out of bed in the morning, that’s been getting worse. I hobble around for a good hour before my feet relax and feel happy again.
I’ve been thinking about my hands. I started wearing wrist guards at night around four or five years ago. For some reason, my hands curl up like claws at night while I sleep. The wrist guards keep this from happening, keeping me pain-free. I started to wonder, are my feet doing the same thing? Are they curling up while I sleep?
But before I spent money on braces and whatnot for my ankles, I tried a little experiment last night, based on this video by Jane Rackham:
I modified this somewhat because regular socks squish my toes together.
I wore my Vibrams to bed, put a sock over the toe area, and safety pinned it to the bottom of my pajama pant leg like this:
Yes, it looks ridiculous, but it was just an experiment.
Holy WOW! She was right!! The results were immediate. I could walk this morning without hobbling. My knee felt great. And wasn’t uncomfortable to sleep in, all things considered.
Thank you so much, Jane Rackham!!!