Do you suffer from foot pain?
Whether it’s in your heel from plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, a case of fallen arches, or frustrating bunions that make wearing shoes a painful experience, changing up your footwear is the first step in treating your sore feet. Yes, there comes a point when you may need to turn to physical therapy or even surgery, but first, give a pair of supportive shoes a try.
The right types of shoes can make all the difference for your painful feet. With supportive footwear, you can stop pain and even reverse the effects of many foot ailments. Here are the main features to look for when you are shoe shopping.
A custom fit
Getting the right fit in your shoes is at the top of our list of important features. While it seems straightforward — either the shoe fits or it doesn’t — there are actually ways of getting a better fit. For example, consider buying shoes with adjustability, whether in the form of laces, buckles, or velcro. This way, when your feet swell or you are wearing thicker socks, you can loosen the shoe. On that note, you should always try on shoes for the first time at the end of the day when they are the most swollen. If you have two feet that are not the same size, opt for the larger shoe size. Then add a heel pad to the shoe of your smaller foot.
Supportive insoles are a necessity if you suffer from any type of foot pain. Throw out shoes like flip-flops and flats with no arch support and opt instead for men’s or women’s supportive sneakers with orthotic level insoles. They will not only support your arches, but will also distribute the weight evenly across all points of the foot. This even spread of pressure will keep any one area from feeling too much strain. Orthotic insoles also help absorb the shock of your step, which protects your knees and other joints.
Low heel height
Keep your standards high and your heel heights low. If you have any sort of foot problems, it’s important that your shoes have a low heel height of two inches or under. Block heels or wedges are the best if you are wearing a shoe with any height. The reason for this is that when the heel is elevated in a high heel, pressure is not evenly distributed along the points of your foot, which can exacerbate pain. High heels are also terrible if you have weak ankles as they decrease the level of stability and increase your risk of rolling an ankle.
Finally, make sure that your sneakers are versatile enough to go with many different outfits. You need to be able to wear them often, so they should be neutral, yet stylish.
Alternatively, if you have removable insoles that can be worn with different shoes, verify that they fit well with all the shoes you want to wear.