Painful Heels: Which Shoes to Choose

If you suffer from sharp pain in your heel, you could be suffering from a common condition called plantar fasciitis.
The plantar fascia is a band of tough, fibrous tissue that runs underneath your foot, connecting the heel bone with the base of each toe. This important structure helps to support the arch of the foot and tightens during walking to help lift the heel off the ground. Pain in the plantar fascia has a number of causes.
You may have recently taken up a new activity or sport. The condition is particularly common if you are overweight, or have tight calf muscles, meaning that more strain is placed on the plantar fascia. People who stand for long periods or have very low or very arched feet may also be at increased risk of developing this problem.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when excessive strain is placed on the tissue, causing pain and inflammation. The strain tends to occur over a number of weeks and months, and is rarely attributed to a sudden accident or injury. The most common site is the front part of the heel, but this stabbing pain can occur at any point of the plantar fascia. The pain is at its worst first thing in the morning, but often occurs during the day, especially after any periods of sitting or standing.

Things to consider…

The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to treat the condition yourself. 
  1. Rest the affected area to prevent further damage and
  2. Using an ice pack for a maximum of 15 minutes, 3-4 times a day will reduce the pain and inflammation.
  3. Choose shoes and slippers with a cushioning sole that will support the foot and rest the painful area
 

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So what really does make happy feet? 
 
Having made footwear now for sixty years we’ve had lots of opportunity to discuss this with customers, members of the public and a range of health care professionals and have come to the conclusion that different things make different feet happy.
 
  1. For people with heel pain, shoes with underfoot cushioning can provide some relief
  2. For those who lack sensation in their toes due to diabetes it is vital to have smooth internal seams
  3. To help prevent bunions you must make sure there’s plenty of space around and on top of your toes
  4. If you need to wear orthotics then shoes with removable insoles may be helpful
  5. If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis look for shock absorbing soles to reduce the pressure on the forefoot in particular

 

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