If you’ve ever broken a toe, you know that foot pain is no small beast to be reckoned with. Chronic foot pain is irritating at its best and debilitating at its worst, and unfortunately, the fashion industry has done little to offer shoes that promote foot health.
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Foot pain doesn’t have to be a fact of life, and, believe it or not, shoes that are both practical and fashionable are not an impossibility.
There are a variety of at-home remedies you can use to relieve foot pain, most of which simply require a change in shoes, but some, like a foot massage, can even bring people closer together (now you finally have an excuse to get that foot massage from your significant other).
The majority of foot pain is caused by shoes that don’t fit properly or lack the necessary support and space to ensure your foot is properly housed within the shoe. So what should you look for in a shoe to ensure that you won’t be limping around by the end of the day?
1. Start with a low heel: Yes, there are few things in life that make a woman feel quite as sassy as a pair of classy high heels, but when it comes at the cost of happy feet, it’s a high price to pay. And why pay that price when classy flats, like the Blyss White/Latte, are easy to find and will do the job perfectly.
If your heart is dead set on wearing heels, then try to find a pair that are 2” or less, like the Raphaella Fire/Cognac.
2. Make sure your toes can breathe: The toe-box needs to be big enough for your feet. If you regularly get ingrown toenails, blisters on your toes, black toenails (fungus) or neuromas, then you are likely purchasing shoes with a toe-box that is too small. The next time you buy new shoes, have your feet sized to determine whether your feet are wide, narrow or average. From there, you can decide which shoe is right for you. For example, if you’re a guy with wide feet and are looking for a casual shoe, you might consider the Toledo Dark Brown.
3. Conquering plantar fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis stems from a shoe that’s like a bad boyfriend – it may look pretty, but it’s never supportive. This may be because the shoe doesn’t properly support the arch of the foot or because it doesn’t offer enough support for a pronating (inward rotating) gait. To treat plantar fasciitis it is essential to have shoes that support your gait and properly hug the curvature of your foot, from the ball of your foot, through your arch and into the heel. The inherent arch support and deep heel cup of Birkenstocks are ideal for anyone suffering from plantar fasciitis.
If you’re looking for more ways to manage your foot pain or for more shoe options to help treat your feet, Dardano’s offers an array of resources.
Visit our expanded store on South Colorado Boulevard just north of I-25 on the east side. We have plenty of free parking.