Tips for Buying Shoes that Correct 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. The Centers for Disease Control has said that brisk walking for about 2.5 hours a week, which can be easily divided into five 30-minute walks, is enough to avoid disease and maintain good health. 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 mainly due to the inflammation of your plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. It’s a sharp pain that is typically felt in the morning when taking your first few steps, easing slowly as you move throughout the day. It can return, however, after you sit or stand for an extended time.
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).
Cup with deep heel – allows your rearfoot to be comfortably sitting in the shoe and perfectly in place
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
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 recommend buying footwear later in the day, a time when the feet have swollen a bit as they often do. 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. Since one foot will always be bigger than the other, buy footwear for that bigger size. It’s also good to try on a pair while you wear your usual hose or socks, or even any orthotic device. 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.