Choosing the Right 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. However, even five minutes of walking can be a burden if you have such a condition as plantar fasciitis.
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. 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 there for you to do to handle 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
Strong heel cup – grips the rearfoot, keeping it from shifting or twisting
Flared heel – prevents wobbling by adding stability
Adequate cushioning – reduces the pressure as you take steps when walking
Arch support – scatters weight in equal proportions around the foot and supports affected tissue (plantar fascia)
According to podiatrists, the best time to buy shoes is later in the day when the feet usually 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. Since one foot will always be bigger than the other, buy footwear for that bigger size. Also try on a pair with socks or hose on, or any other orthotic devices you may be using. 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.