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How to Buy Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Joining events like marathons may not be possible for many people, but they can still reap benefits simply by taking a walk as a form of exercise. 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. But if you have a condition such as plantar fasciitis, even five minutes of walking can already be uncomfortable or even painful.

There are several factors that lead to foot pain, and plantar fasciitis is among the most common. 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 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’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. A good way to begin is to choose the right footwear. You may find shoes that are made specifically for plantar fasciitis, but generally speaking, there are characteristics that you should prioritize when you go out to shop (flip-flops and sandals out!).

Deep-heeled cup – secures your rearfoot in a comfortable and stable place

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

Wide heel – adds stability and keeps the foot from wobbling

Adequate cushioning – reduces the pressure as you take steps when walking

Arch support – spreads weight equally around the foot and supports the plantar tissue

According to podiatrists, the best time to buy shoes is later in the day when the feet usually swell. And while this may seem obvious, don’t simply rely on your size when you bought your last pair, considering that sizing can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. 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. After all, these things do change fit and comfort. Lastly, don’t ever pay for shoes unless you’re totally sure they’re what you want.

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