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 a stabbing pain that usually comes with the first steps you take in the morning and eases as you move about for the rest of the day. But it can also return after sitting or standing for a long while, which is why it’s advisable to be physically active if you have this condition.

So what can you do to treat the pain? Analgesics can treat the pain, but if you don’t do something about the cause, it will only keep returning. You can begin by buying the right footwear. While there are shoes created for those with plantar fasciitis, it is good to know footwear attributes that you should look for when shopping for a pair (needless to say, those flip-flops and sandals are out of the picture).

Deep-heel cup – ensures that your rearfoot is held in place and actually sits in the shoe

Firm heel cup – holds the rearfoot with just enough tightness that prevents shifting or twisting

Flared heel – prevents wobbling by adding stability

Good cushioning – relieves the pressure on the first heel strike when you walk

Arch support – distributes weight evenly around the foot and supports the 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 you might think it’s obvious, don’t just rely on your last shoe size (when you purchased your last pair) because there can be huge variations in sizing with different manufacturers. 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. These things can make a huge difference in terms of fit and comfort. Lastly, don’t ever pay for shoes unless you’re totally sure they’re what you want.

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