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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. According to the Centers for Disease Control, all it takes to be healthy and prevent disease is two hours and a half of brisk walking a week, which can be easily cut up into five walks of thirty minutes each. However, even five minutes of walking can be a burden if you have such a condition as plantar fasciitis.

There are many causes of foot pain, and one of the most common ones is plantar fasciitis. 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. But it can come back after you sit or stand for long periods.

So what can you do to treat the pain? You can take analgesic for the pain, but if you don’t remove the cause, it will only come back. A good way to begin is to choose the right 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 – 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 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. Because your feet will never be exactly equal in length, buy shoes for the larger foot. You should also try on footwear while having socks or hose on, or your orthotic device if you’re using one. These things can really alter fit and comfort as you might imagine. Lastly, don’t ever pay for shoes unless you’re totally sure they’re what you want.

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