Nichelle Perry likes to keep moving. “I exercise at least four times a week,” she said. “I do two days of spin and two days of either kettlebell or muscle pump.” The Durham resident and her husband bicycle, walk, and attend their two sons’ sports activities.
All that motion nearly came to a halt when Perry began suffering from big toe joint pain in her right foot. It was a familiar pain: Perry had surgery in 2007 for arthritis in her left big toe. But this time, the condition was worse. Her cartilage -- protective tissue between bones -- had worn away. The friction of bone rubbing against bone had created painful bone spurs.
“Plank exercises hurt, touching my big toe hurt. If I jumped the wrong way, I would torque it,” Perry said. “And sometimes, just standing up or walking was painful.”
Then there was the problem of footwear. “Any pressure on my big toe irritated the bone-spur area. There were two pairs of shoes that I could wear this summer, and they were sandals that I specifically bought because they didn’t even touch my big toe.”
Cooler weather was coming. Perry needed pain relief -- and the ability to wear closed shoes.