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Choosing The Right Shoe | Shoes For Foot Pain

What if I told you that the right shoes could change your life? Would you make an investment in your footwear and arch support choices? Sometimes, we all need the right shoes for foot pain but we don’t know where to begin.

I know that shopping for shoes can be daunting. Where do I go? How much should I spend? What brand and type of shoe is best for me? Well, I’m here to hopefully help you navigate the complex world of shoes and orthotics. I have outlined the most important characteristics of a good, quality shoe below. Following these guidelines should help you find a great shoe that can assist with foot pain, plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, etc. Sometimes, you just need the best shoes for foot pain that you can find, and we can help with that. Shoes can either harm our feet or help our feet. Are you ready to ensure your current shoes aren’t hurting you?

Rigid Sole
The only location of the sole that should bend is at the toe box, or flex point of the shoe. This is where our toes naturally bend as we walk. Heel, toe, heel, toe, is the natural progression. We do not need flex of the sole anywhere near the heel or the mid foot region.

Rigid & High Heel Counter

The heel courter is the back part of the shoe that surrounds your heel. This part of the shoe needs to be stiff and come up just below your ankle bones. If you have a stable heel counter, you will have a stable heel and a stable foot. 

Adjustability of the upper

The upper is the top portion of the shoe. You should be able to adjust the fit of the upper around the top of your foot with Traditional Laces, Elastic Laces, Velcro, Straps, etc. Traditional Laces are the most efficient and allow for the most adjustability and the best fit. The better the fit, the better the support. 

Width & Depth Matter

Yes, the depth and width of a shoe matter! Hopefully, most know that shoes come in standard, narrow and wide widths but did you know that shoes can come with added depth as well? Having a deeper shoe can reduce pressure from hammertoes and help to fit an arch support or orthotic. Wider shoes can help relieve pressure from a bunion. Depth and width are variables that you have control over—just pick a shoe style that works best for you.

Heel to Toe Height

Lastly, heel height is an extremely crucial factor in shoe selection. High heels are not healthy for our feet. The height of the heel is directly proportionate to the pressure in the forefoot, thus the higher the heel, the more pressure throughout the toes and ball of your foot. Conversely, no heel height can be unhealthy as well. A shoe with no heel will add pressure to the heel or rear foot and put a stretch in the Achilles tendon. 

Selecting the right shoe for foot pain and any other foot conditions you have can be a daunting task, even with the above guidelines. I’m here to help. Through a foot and shoe assessment, I can help to determine the footwear that’s going to suit you and your needs best and put you on the road to healthy happy feet. I can also compliment your footwear with quality orthotics to help further with painful foot conditions and overall comfort. Contact me today and let’s get you scheduled!

Bryan Acheson, CPed – (303) 981-3999 – [email protected]

Serving Colonial Heights, Chester, Hopewell, Petersburg, Chesterfield, Midlothian & the entire Richmond Metro Area