Ouch! What’s that pain in my heel? If you put your feet on the ground first thing in the morning only to discover a sharp, stabbing pain in one or both of your heels, you might wonder if there is something seriously wrong with your feet. You don’t remember injuring yourself, so what could it be? You may have developed a condition called Plantar Fasciitis, which is a condition in which the plantar fascia (the ligament on the bottom of your foot that runs from your heel to your toe) becomes inflamed and painful. Because this condition usually causes pain in the morning and goes away as you walk on it throughout the day, it’s easy to distinguish from other types of foot pain such as a broken heel, a sports injury, or repetitive use causing a strain in the joints or ligaments of your foot. At Arizona Foot Doctors, we have several options for treatment. First, you must be sure that you are wearing the best shoes for Plantar Fasciitis.
1 – Walking Shoes
The best walking shoes for Plantar Fasciitis are those that fit the foot correctly. They should provide support for your heel and preferably shift some of the weight from the back of your foot to the front to alleviate the pressure on your heel. Slip-on shoes with a thick sole are considered the best walking shoes for Plantar Fasciitis. You’ll want to avoid a heavy shoe, like a wood-soled clog, because this will increase the force you’re putting on your foot when you step down. This will cause more pain over time. Even a slight heel might make a difference in your heel pain because it shifts the weight of the foot to the front.
2 – Running Shoes
Plantar Fasciitis is more common in those who are overweight, those who wear the wrong types of shoes for their feet, and those who run. Think about it: if we spend a lot of time repeatedly placing great force on our feet, that’ll eventually cause some strain if we’re not wearing the best running shoes for Plantar Fasciitis. Orthotic shoes designed for running will offer support. Visiting a running shoe store, where a professional can help you evaluate what type of shoe you need for running, can help. Do you jog around the block for daily exercise, or do you participate in 5Ks or annual marathons? This, as well as your gait (the way you run), determines what support you require in a running shoe to reduce the pain of Plantar Fasciitis.
3 – Custom Orthotics
Some people choose to buy orthotics in packages that you may find at a grocery store or local department store, and these do provide comfort for a lot of people who are not suffering from foot pain or other foot-related problems. If you have unresolved foot pain due to Plantar Fasciitis that hasn’t been relieved either by over-the-counter orthotics or other supportive shoes, it would be beneficial for you to visit a podiatrist to be fitted for custom orthotics. Speak with one of our podiatrists about being fitted for foot orthotics tailored to your needs.
Choosing the best shoes for Plantar Fasciitis and visiting a skilled podiatrist
Plantar Fasciitis can affect the old, the young, and everybody in between. At Arizona Foot Doctors, we want to remind people that it’s possible to live without so much pain. It’s easy to forget your feet until they’re bothering you. Take care of your Plantar Fasciitis so your feet can keep taking care of you. Find the best walking shoes and running shoes for your feet, and visit the family podiatrists at Arizona Foot Doctors for professional custom orthotics fittings.