I have been dealing with some sort foot pain for as long as I can remember. However, NOT like it has been the past 3 years - excruciating and totally disabling that I have been in a wheelchair. I have always hated shoes! I have never ever purchased a pair of shoes that I said - oh wow these feel great! And, I have spent loads of money on shoes in the past. I have had blisters, calluses, corns and you name it from wearing shoes. And, a pinching feeling even purchasing wide shoes. In 2006, I had knee pain, and was told to get orthotics. That was the cake. My foot pain escalated, and I went through many thousands of dollars of different orthotics and shoes. Now, with orthotics I had new aches and pains, and I was taping my pinky toes with band aids, and wearing corn pads, and rubber friction thingy's on my big toes etc.... After my foot injury in 2013, I was unable to walk. I kept at the doctors, trying new shoes, stretching, physical therapy etc... but nothing was working. As of reading the Sarno books the past 2 months, I have now thrown out all my shoes. I am slowly working on walking barefoot (which is natural and how we made to walk). It is still painful, but at least I can make some progress. I purchased many yoga mats to soften the blow on the hard tile floor. And, plan to make a trip to the beach to see how the sand and water go. Of course, a doctor would never tell you to go barefoot. Prior to the 2003 injury, I even wore orthotic sandals in the shower because the doctor said I should never ever go barefoot! O.k so here is my question. Yes, I believe this is TMS. and I can heal! Yes, I believe it will take some time to get there. Yes, I believe I can heal barefoot. But, I don't believe I can heal with shoes. (Actually, without TMS, I don't know too many of my friends that don't have some type of foot problem and go through all kinds of shoes to find comfort. I remember most women taking their shoes off under their desks at work - what does that tell you?) Anyway, lets say I heal without shoes. Is there any reason that I need to bind my foot to the shoe in the future? I just can't imagine putting on shoe on ever ever again! I want to heal barefoot right now. Is that o.k.? Currently I have excruciating pain in right foot (sesamoid) only. But, lo and behold the first time in my life, I have no calluses, no bunion, no blisters, no friction, and no corns and no bandaids. Those are all painful foot problems that plague most Americans. It is a billion dollar industry selling gizmos and gadgets for those. There is a movie called "The Birdcage" and there is a scene where the waiter is wearing shoes and tripping all over his feet. That is ME!!! In my mind I think I should be able to wear shoes, but my feet don't want to go anywhere near them. Again, is it possible to heal barefoot? Thanks for anyone who is listening today to my rant. And, because I am a very serious TMS personality, I only want positive remarks to this question. If you have a negative one, please keep it to yourself. My mind spins with any negativity I read on these forums.