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Foot Problems Holding You Back? Use This Guide to Choose New Shoes


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We put a lot of pressure on our feet every day, from walking around on the pavement to exercising or standing in an office. It will come at no surprise that nearly everyone around you has suffered from some sort of foot issue in the past. According to Foot.com, 75% of Americans experience foot problems at least once. If this is currently you, we’re here to help get you back on your feet in no time!


Most Common Foot Problems


  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Bunions

  • Heel Spurs

  • Corns

  • Blisters

  • Injury

  • Neuropathy


Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis


A very common foot injury, Plantar Fasciitis is painful and can affect your ability to walk normally. It is caused by the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick web on the bottom of the foot that connects your heel to your toes. When the inflammation happens, people often feel heel pain or pain across the entire sole of the foot. Usually this inflammation is a result of overuse or wearing improper footwear. To help restore your feet to normal, you should invest in quality shoes designed for plantar fasciitis. For example, men’s and women’s supportive sneakers will help ease the pain by distributing weight evenly across your foot and providing proper arch support.


Best Shoes for Bunions


Another type of inflammation, bunions are caused by swelling around the big toe joint and usually arise because of pressure put on that sensitive area. While bunions can be genetic, they can also be caused or exacerbated by improper footwear. If you are prone to bunions or already have them, trade all your pointy-toed shoes for shoes with a square toe box that allows room for your bunions to breathe. Make sure the shoes are made of a flexible material, like canvas or leather that will stretch with your foot, rather than squeezing it.


Best Shoes for Heel Spurs


A heel spur is caused by a calcium deposit that forms over many months underneath the heel bone. It can be painful to walk on and often requires treatment, from cortisone shots to custom orthotics. Without a doubt, you should switch out your shoes for ones that are more supportive if you are suffering from a heel spur. The best shoes will have great midsole support without a heel. Running shoes with orthotic level insoles are ideal.


Best Shoes for Swelling


Everyone gets swollen feet after a long day of standing or walking; it’s why we suggest trying on new shoes at the end of the day, rather than the beginning. However, if you find your feet swell all the time and it’s really uncomfortable for you, some changes to your footwear can help. Swelling is caused by a buildup of fluid and is often made worse by heat and having a high-salt diet. To decrease swelling, make sure your shoes are not tight and have great ventilation. Sandals are great in the summer. Otherwise, choose women’s or men’s comfortable sneakers made of lightweight canvas that are breathable and can be adjusted to be looser. Avoid heels as this will concentrate the pressure on one area of the foot.

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