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Posts for tag: Shoes for Heel Pain

By Dr. Michael Stein
September 24, 2014
Category: Footwear

Right Shoes for Heel PainWhether you’re a runner, dancer, parent, or just frequently need to walk or stand, nothing stops you in your tracks like heel pain. That’s doubly problematic if you live in our neighborhood: San Francisco and Oakland have been named among the most walkable cities in the United States. If you want to take advantage of the world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment available in the Bay Area (not to mention great hiking and recreation spots surrounding it), you need your feet in top shape. Often, that starts with finding the right shoes for heel pain.

In general, you want to be looking for comfortable, well-fitting shoes with proper arch support, plenty of cushioning, and rigid sides and soles that resist twisting and folding. For more specific tips, read on.

Let’s say your eyes happen upon the most beautiful pair of shoes you’ve ever seen. It must be meant to be! You try them on, but they don’t quite feel right. Don’t buy them! No matter how much a particular style or brand appeals to your sense of fashion, if you have to “break it in” first, it doesn’t fit, probably won’t ever fit, and could damage your feet.

High heels are murder on your feet: regular use can lead to a whole host of foot problems, from corns and bunions to ankle instability and plantar fasciitis. But if you must wear them, lower, chunkier heels (2 inches or less) and roomier toe boxes are better (or at least not as bad).

A normal arch can accommodate just about anything off the rack (lucky!), but high arches will need extra cushioning and a softer platform, while flat arches generally require some custom inserts.

Take advantage of specialized shoes for specialized activities. You’re a runner? Invest in some good running shoes. You play basketball? Look for good basketball shoes, and so on.

For more tips on selecting shoes for heel pain, keep up with our blog posts and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. To set up an appointment with experts Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DMP at Foot Doctor of the East Bay, stop by one of our three convenient East Bay locations, or call (510) 483-3390 for San Leandro, (925) 425-9684 for Pleasanton, or (408) 356-6767 for Los Gatos.

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