Healing and Avoiding Chronic Heel Pain: Choosing Proper Shoes/Footwear

Wearing proper shoes is very important in the treatment and prevention of chronic heel pain. Wearing poorly fitting and/or cheaply constructed shoes can actually cause this problem. Here are some basic suggestions:

1. Avoid walking barefoot or wearing cheap flip-flops, as the lack of support and cushioning around the heel and arch.

2. Ideally, you should avoid wearing heels, but we know that for ladies, this can be a bummer. If you don’t want to give up that height and “cuteness,” try shopping for sandals and shoes that have a stacked (platform) type sole that only has a slight lift from heel to ball of the foot. Of course you must find shoes with well cushioned soles and ideally, some type of soft arch-support.

3. The fit of a shoe is very important. Wearing shoes that are too small can aggravate symptoms of plantar fasciitis (chronic heel pain).

4. You should avoid trying on or buying shoes in the morning hours. This is because our feet tend to swell throughout the day. Making a decision on a pair of shoes, in the morning, might result in a shoe that actually fits too tightly.

5. When trying on shoes, pay careful attention to the cushioning and support to the arch, heel and to the ball of your foot.Remember it is better for shoes to fit slightly too large, than slightly too small. If you have one foot that is larger than the other, buy to fit the larger foot.

6. Your shoes should feel comfortable and you should not have any points of pressure on any one part of the foot.

7.Try to choose shoes with a slightly larger toe box to help avoid problems with toes and toenails.

Click here for facts about chronic heel pain.

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