How to Buy Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
Participating in marathons and similar events isn’t realistic for most people, but engaging in some form of exercise, such as walking, can still benefit their health. To help prevent disease and promote good health, the Centers for Disease Control advises a mere 2.5-hours of brisk walking every week, or 5 30-minute walks anytime throughout the week. But if you have a condition such as plantar fasciitis, even five minutes of walking can already be uncomfortable or even painful.
There could be a myriad of causes behind foot pain, and plantar fasciitis is one of those that top the list. It is mostly a result of a swollen plantar fascia, which is the tissue that attaches your toes to your heel bone. It is characterized by stabbing pain during the first few steps you take in the morning, usually going away later in the day as you go through your usual routine. It can return, however, after you sit or stand for an extended time.
So what’s a good way to deal with the pain? You can take oral medication for the pain, but unless you treat the root cause, the condition will keep coming back. Start by buying appropriate footwear. There are certain types of shoes that are meant for people with plantar fasciitis, but in general, there are things to look out for before buying a pair (say no to sandals and flip-flops!).
Deep-heel cup – ensures that your rearfoot is held in place and actually sits in the shoe
Strong heel cup – gives the rearfoot a firm but comfortable grip so it doesn’t shift or twist
Wide heel – gives the shoe stability so that the foot does not wobble
Enough cushioning – eases the pressure that comes with stepping on a surface
Arch support – scatters weight in equal proportions around the foot and supports affected tissue (plantar fascia)
Podiatrists say the best time for buying footwear is later in the day, which is when the feet tend to swell. And though this may seem like a basic, don’t just depend on the size of your last pair of shoes because manufacturer sizing can differ widely. As one foot is naturally larger than the other, use the bigger foot’s size when you buy footwear. You should also try on footwear while having socks or hose on, or your orthotic device if you’re using one. After all, these things do change fit and comfort. Finally, don’t pay for any footwear unless you’re completely sure they’re good for you.
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