My floors were like ice.

I’ve been talking about this to everyone I talk to.

Every winter, I lament about how cold my floors are.

My floors feel like they have ice beneath them and I need to change it. This past year, I was told I have arthritis in my feet. I thought I had simply broken my toe when I stubbed it early in the summer. The doctor did some x-rays and told me the toe wasn’t broken, but it was arthritic. He pointed out different other parts of my feet that were also suffering from arthritis. Bones were being realigned, and there were spurs all over the small joints and on the smaller bones. I was in constant pain. Now that winter has arrived again, stepping onto those cold floors, is even more painful than it has been in the past. The cold of the floors spreads so much pain throughout my feet that I cannot walk. I cry when even my socks touch the toes or the sides of my feet. My husband needs to put up with my pain, as much as I do. He suggested we talk to the HVAC company about having radiant heated flooring installed. The cost of a new heating system was so exorbitant that we knew we couldn’t afford radiant heating flooring. My husband found heat tapes that we could install beneath our carpeting. We planned on having wall to wall carpeting installed, to give my feet some cushioning. The heat tape could warm the carpeting and make it more comfortable for me. The nice part is that we wouldn’t need to have the heating on when I had my shoes on. We simply turned on the heated floor tape during the night.

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