Pain in your heels or feet can be excruciating. There can be many reasons this pain is occurring, one of the more common is plantar fasciitis. This is when the ligament running from the heel to the toes is inflamed and irritated. One sign that this is the problem is if you have a spiking pain in your heel area when doing any type of activity. It is imperative to go to a doctor to have this checked out because if it is not grateful you may continue to have chronic pain. The doctor can give you a few simple exercises to help repair the ligament (it is a lengthy process) but in the meantime, you will still have to continue to get through your day-to-day activities and it would be much more enjoyable if you could do this with as little pain as possible.
Sometimes the easiest solution is to find the correct pair of shoes to alleviate the pressure that is causing the pain. The best plantar fasciitis shoes provide good arch support, therefore supporting the heel too, or cushioned insoles with a slightly raised heel. New Balance specializes in shoes with high arch support. Their motion control shoes have a good reputation for helping to cure your heel pain if used correctly. Walking is oftentimes recommended to help heal this problem since it stretches the fascia hence providing relief, but if walking without the proper shoes, the problems will not be solved.
The footwear needs to disperse weight evenly throughout the heel while at the same time absorb the majority of the shock of walking on hard surfaces. If necessary, a podiatrist may prescribe a special medical shoe to offer better support for the foot during recovery. Before deciding on the best shoes, thought needs to go into looking at your lifestyle such as if you are quite active, or if you stand on your feet all day on the job. Those would narrow the selection down to running shoes or work shoes, just for two examples. Kuru Footwear is also highly recommended for fasciitis pain. They mold to the shape of your feet through an orthotic midsole that is molded inside the shoe and has a deep heel cup. They recommend the lace style for additional relief and support. The New Balance shoes listed above have a slight lead on reputation for better results however.
Other shoe brands to consider with very nice arch supports are Acer, Confortrite, Kumfs, Orthofeed, Standing Comfort, Bite Arch Support Shoes, Darco Gentlestep, and Finn Comfort Shoes. There are even sandals, which sometimes are more comfortable than shoes, such as Birkenstock that are great considerations. These all offer extra support for your arches and raised heels. These may not be the cheapest shoes out there but consider what your feet are worth.
Even if you are doing the exercises recommended by the podiatrist to alleviate the heel pain but you continue to wear shoes with poor support your work will be counter productive and you will see no healing progress. You do not have to give up the activities you love doing just because you have heel and foot pain, just get the correct shoes.