Hi, my name is Gazelle and I have weird feet.

To say I am self-conscious about my feet would be somewhat accurate. It's not that I don't mind my feet, but the pain that I've endured because of the shape of them is something I've had to deal with for most of my life.

The older I get, the more pain I've been experiencing.

If you notice below, this photo is not doctored or edited. This is an actual photo of my feet, and I'm sorry if it grosses you out but you need to see them to understand where I'm coming from here:

Gazelle/Townsquare Media
Gazelle/Townsquare Media

Yes, I have five toes like most feet out there; however, my foot arch is abnormally curved. I've seen arched feet before, but nothing to this extent. The bottom of my feet almost appear to be broken or bent, but when I step flat foot on the ground (to the best of my ability), you can actually fit and hide a marble or two comfortably when the arch is shown.

I've been called every name in the book: "Ballerina Feet," "Human High Heels" and even "Golden Arches," which I'm not quite sure why McDonald's has to be brought into it. Needless to say, I've heard it all and it doesn't bother me. I was born this way, there's nothing else to do than to just accept the weirdness of my feet.

But unfortunately, it's not just a weird look. I suffer from foot pain on the daily.

Even with prescribed high-arch support insoles and special shoes, it's still not enough to counteract my weight that bears down on them. I often overcompensate by stepping with the outside of my foot to alleviate some of the pain, but then I end up with ankle problems. There's no winning regardless of what I try.

Running, walking and being barefoot outside is always uncomfortable, but unless I feel like dishing out some serious cash for foot surgery to reconstruct the shape of my feet, it looks like I'm stuck with what God gave me.

According to NewChoiceHealth.com, these types of foot surgeries can range anywhere between $8,000 and $33,000.

At 6'4, weighing in around 275 pounds, life on my feet hasn't exactly been the most comfortable, but I get by as best as I can – and when it comes to the haters, I've been told that women would kill to have my feet.

At least I have that for affirmation.


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