Foot Fetish

October 14, 2012 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Foot Care, Health 

I have always liked the prose “Foot Fetish” that Lisa BUtler, an ultrarunner, wrote about feet. I have included it at the front of each edition of Fixing Your Feet since the 3rd edition.  It’s short, but relevant to those of us who love sports. Here’s what Lisa wrote:

My feet are runner’s feet;
a little rough around the edges,
with black nails on the toes where I have nails at all
Lovingly decorated with bright colors.

My toes are warriors, of a sort.
They carry the entire continent of my body on adventures
and rise to challenges that could crush them.
Some days they are worn and calloused,
but they are strong and fierce adversaries for the
rocks they overtake.

My arches are the springboard of my soul.
They give me lift with every step I take
and cushion all my landings.
They are always ready
when I want to jump for joy.

My heels respond when the shepherd
of my spirit nips at them to run.
They strike again and again,
to thwart frustration,
to redeem the day.

My feet are runner’s feet;
a little rough around the edges,
but they are strong
and they are willing
and oh, I love them.

~ Lisa Butler, Ultrarunner

Adventure racer's feet from Raid the North Extreme

Adventure racer’s feet from Raid the North Extreme

Embarrassed by Your Feet – Part 3

August 29, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Foot Care, Health 

As you may recall, on August 15th I wrote a blog post on Embarrassed by Your Feet – Part 2. This was a follow up to a post back in April 2008 on the same subject. A reporter from the New York Times had interviewed me and wrote a piece on the same subject. The Secret is Out: We Can See Your Feet. As I expected, I received a few comments about embarrassing feet. I share these below.

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This was an interesting and well-timed posting. I’ve recently been involved with auditions for a Gladiator-style TV program. We run the potential competitors through a function assessment, which requires that they take off their socks and shoes.

The first batch of women, mostly runners, multisporters, and adventure racers, were quite comfortable displaying their feet. On Friday we went through to a football club and 99% of the women did not want to take off their socks (we let them keep them on – easier that way). I find it really hard to understand how they can have such issues with their feet! It is so easy to go for regular pedicures and all kinds of treatments. What is their issue really? “Funny” shaped feet? Long toes? Or do they just neglect their feet and so they have skanky toenails? Surely these girls wear sandals in summer? Or maybe not?

I go to dance classes during the week, where we are barefoot. And the girls take good care of their feet. French pedicures, lovely color shades and hardly a calloused heel in sight. Easy to forget in this environment, and that of runners whose feet are so valuable, that others – in the ‘general population’ or coming from other sporting disciplines where feet are forgotten – can have such foot issues.

Lisa de Speville - Lisa’s adventure racing website
Johannesburg, South Africa

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My feet would not be considered attractive by many people (including me), but since they take me to so many fantastic places and on so many incredible adventures, I am grateful to them. Written from Mt. Hood, where we are 190 miles into a 300-mile backpacking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Susan Alcorn - Shepherd Canyon Books - Publishers of two award-winning books: Camino Chronicle: Walking to Santiago and We’re in the Mountains Not over the Hill: Tales and Tips from Seasoned Women Backpackers.

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I am a hiker/walker and my feet do not embarrass me. I have “good feet”. At least that is what I am told by my sister-in-law. I have a few ugly calluses on the outside of my big toes, but I shave them off when they start to cause problems. During my training hikes and walks I have walked up to 6 hours many times and haven’t had a blister yet. I hope that holds true for my upcoming trek across Spain along the Camino de Santiago. By the way, this website has been very helpful!! Thanks, Rita

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Erskien wrote: “No! I have incredibly functional and beautiful feet!

Foot Fetish

January 3, 2007 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Footcare, Footwear, Health, Sports, Travel 

People may wonder how anyone could pen a poem about feet. Several years ago I received an email with a poem written by Lisa Butler, an ultrarunner. I love this poem and feature it in my book, Fixing Your Feet. Lisa has captured the essence of well-used feet – feet that have supported their owner in many adventures. I encourage you to take a moment and read this poem. Many of us do not appreciate our feet for all they do. Thanks, Lisa.

Foot Fetish
by Lisa Butler

My feet are runner’s feet;
a little rough around the edges,
with black nails on the toes where I have nails at all
Lovingly decorated with bright colors.

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