Oprah Winfrey goes shopping in fluffy frog slippers (photo courtesy of DailyMail.co.ukIf it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for Bunion Survivors! When I saw these photos of Oprah wearing these “fluffy frog slippers,” had made it to the Daily Mail, I knew I had to share this article with you to remind you to honor your bunioned feet and when they hurt, try slippers that make you smile.

She may be worth billions of dollars but even Oprah Winfrey opts for comfort over style occasionally.

The 58-year-old hit a designer clothes store in New York City today sporting a pair of fluffy frog slippers.

Below are a pair of fluffy froggy slippers similar to the ones that Oprah is wearing shopping.  The holidays are coming. Treat yourself to a pair and give them as a gift to a friend who you want to smile when she thinks of you.

If you’re getting ready to have bunion surgery or are in recovery, these slippers will be comfortable and fun to wear once you’re out of your protective boot.

If you have a pair of beloved slippers, email me a photo of you wearing them and I’ll post. In the meantime, I’m going to get myself a new pair of slippers!


If you’re worried about having bunion surgery, what about experimenting beforehand with a fish-eating pedicure? No, not eating fish while having a pedicure; having a pedicure where fish actually eat away the dead skin on your feet. Maybe they’ll eat away the bunion too. It can’t be any worse than trying honey and turmeric to dissolve bunions I’ve heard mention of, can it?

Before you think I’ve gone off the deep end (haha, into a pool of dead-skin eating fish — not!), just know that as you look for answers and treatment regarding your bunions, two of your most important daily treatments are feeding your sense of humor and taking stress-relief actions.

It’s so easy to feel frustrated, depressed, and hopeless when you’re feeling bunion pain and exploring bunion treatment options or recovering from bunion surgery. It’s also easy, when you train your mind, to gift yourself with moments of humor and stress relief on the journey.

Read this story and watch the short video and it’s guaranteed to make you laugh, and if you’re game and visit this Alexandria, Virginia foot spa, a few fish to your feet.

Read more on Fish Pedicures in USA Today.

2016 Update: Fish pedicures have been banned in California and other areas. Buyer beware. Read more.

I laughed when I first found mention of a mountain called Charlie’s Bunion in The Smoky Mountain News. “That gets us to Charlies Bunion (formerly called Fodderstack), where rocky outcrops along the ridge were exposed in the mid-1920s when a fire swept over the crest exposing the humus, which was washed completely away shortly after in a deluge.

The curious place name resulted in 1929 when Smokemont native Charlie Conner was hiking with Kephart, Masa, and others along the high divide. When they paused for a rest on the rocks, Conner took his boots and socks off, exposing a bunion or two that rivaled the surrounding stones. Eying Conner’s feet, Kephart remarked, ‘Charlie, I’m going to get this place put on a government map for you.’ This happened. (There are also several versions of this story, all true.)”

But after seeing photos at www.foottrails.com, I’m definitely having an “Ohhh Effect!” which is something I aim to have at least 3x a day.  Now I have another goal to add to my list of 1000 Things to Do/Be/Have/See Before I Die: stand at the top of Charlie’s Bunion along the Appalachian Trail and celebrate the miracles of life, nature, and feet, with or without bunions. The mountain looks awesome and the view is said to be SPECTACULAR! And my feet, after bunion surgery, can get me there! What a miracle!

Day 28: Went back to work this evening, standing for five hours at a power networking event at which I was speaking on staying inspired through challenge and change. I chose to wear my boot, which was very smart as I needed the extra support to stand as long as I did. This was one time when I was grateful for stage stairs with railings to lean on.

One of the most fun parts of the night was the opening of my speech. During the cocktail hour several people asked what happened and why I was wearing the boot. I asked what they thought happened and got all sorts of answers, so I decided to hold a spontaneous contest and the person whose answer got the most audience applause won a copy of my Inspiring Words postcards.

The winner – a manager at a large convention center – said, “You’re wearing the boot as a last resort in motivating someone.” The audience went wild with laughter and she got her cards.

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How is this possible? Surely we humans can rise above war if a tiger can nurse piglets! Sometimes we need a diversion from thinking about our bunion pain and all the challenging world events.

And there is a minimal foot connection here: The piglets reminded me of one of my favorite games my mother, who would have turned 86 today, played with me before bed as a child, “This Little Piggy Went to Market.”

Do you remember the entire sequence starting with your big toe? The best part was when she tugged on my little toe and said, “And this little piggie went wee, wee, wee, all the way home,” I would squeal like a piglet as she ran her fingers all the way up my leg to my heart and then touched my lips and kissed me goodnight on the forehead.

Happy Birthday Mom!

It’s over. I’m still alive, my foot is still on, and if you can believe it, I’m actually smiling.

My surgery experience was beyond my most positive expectations. The surgeon I complained about being arrogant in my initial consultation and pre-op visit was smiling, supportive, and attentive as were his entire team of assisting physician, two operating room nurses, anesthesiologist, assisting nurse anesthetist and patient intake coordinator. couldn’t have asked for a better experience. (Maybe the fresh baked chocolate chip cookies I brought for the surgical team helped.)

The patient intake coordinator who greeted me was friendly and funny and reassured me from the start that I was going to be so happy with the results. She said, “I said I’d never have my bunions operated on, but when I started working here and I kept seeing people coming back for their second foot, I knew something good was going on. So I finally did it last summer.” I asked to see her foot, which she proudly lifted up from behind the desk and said, “Look! Full range of motion,” and wiggled her toes. I felt a deep sigh come from the bottom of my feet. Maybe I did make a good decision.

I waited about fifteen minutes in this gorgeous waiting room with plasma TV and big cushy couch with rolled arms and lots of pillows and then heard my name called. After locking my things in a locker in this open waiting area, I was taken to a bathroom, given a bag with gown, soc hairnet (everything was a pretty purple), asked to change and then taken to a pre-op room with surgical bed.

Get this!: While I was being prepared in the pre-op room, they put a sheet over my torso and legs that had a special plastic opening that connected to a hose that blew warm air under the sheet I didn’t get cold because the rooms are often so cold. That was a nice unexpected touch.

Bunion Survivor 36 Hours After SurgeryI had planned on marking my feet with “Not this foot” on my left ankle before I went in, just to humor the surgical team. When I realized I’?d forgotten to do it, I asked for a marking pen, and laughed, telling the patient coordinator what I wanted to do. We were on the same page. She said, “Oh, we do that as a matter of course.” She pulled out a purple pen and proceeded to write “?No” on my left ankle and “Yes”? on my right ankle. Simple malpractice insurance, wouldn’t you say?

What was very cool to me was that the entire team met with me for a few minutes before I went in for surgery and they were all very present and upbeat. Each checked my foot once and then again with paperwork to verify they were doing what we had discussed. Very encouraging for me, given that it was 4 o’?clock in the afternoon, I was their last patient (perhaps this is why they were smiling!) and they’d been doing surgery all day.

One of the nurses who was preparing my foot said, “Oh, you have some good bunions here, girl! You are going to LOVE the results! In fact, when you have your screw removed (a small screw is inserted to hold the bone together in “The Great Toe”), you should definitely do the other foot.” I had the same reaction I’ve heard many mothers tell me after the birth of their first child when someone says, “So when is the next one?” and the mother says, “Ask me again in a month.”

My worries about anesthesia were unnecessary. The anesthesiologist was not only informative but also an amazing listener with an incredibly compassionate manner. He reassured me that I’d have a nice nap, feel no pain and wake up comfortably within 30 minutes of them finishing the surgery. All true. Phew!

I woke to smiling faces, congratulations, and a bandaged foot that felt like it weighed a hundred pounds. True to the doctor’s words in our pre-op meeting, my foot was very numb, reminding me of the feeling I’ve had after having dental work done. No pain. Ahhh.

My friend Lorna was waiting in the wings to greet me. (What a bright light! Thank you precious friend!) I don’t remember now how I got dressed (they said I wouldn’t remember much in the few minutes after receiving the drugs and waking up – definitely the case) but next thing I knew I was up and being wheeled outside.

I stood up in my boot and walked to the car. Amazing! Let the healing begin.

[Post Surgery Note: You can read the whole story including all the tips I learned and resources I discovered in my ebook “Bunion Survivor’s Guide to Bunion Surgery & Bunion Surgery Recovery.”