Thank you for accepting my question. I learned to tie my shoes as a preschooler because of the sensitivity of the top of my left foot. Adults always tied my shoe too tightly! I have flat feet. Fortunately, I was able to wear fashionable shoes during my youth but have worn orthotics prescribed by podiatrists since about age 50. I’m 65 now. My right arch has fallen but the left one has not fallen.
The symptoms were static from about age 3 to age 60, when the top of my left foot became more sensitive. I managed it by loosening the shoe further. (I wear Brooks athletic shoes.) The discomfort increased over the last year or so. For the last few weeks the sensitivity increased to hurting and, for the last couple of weeks, there is a painful band from the bone at the “longitude” of my big toe diagonally down toward the arch — just a little closer to my ankle than the inner strap of a flip flop.
It’s clearly the same symptom I’ve had all of my life. What on earth is wrong with the foot?! … I may have to relearn the pogo stick …