• Footwear Tips for Heel Spurs

    by Dr. LaMour
    on Sep 16th, 2015

The pain and discomfort caused by heel spurs can make daily activities like walking, running or even standing, extremely uncomfortable. While there are a number of ways to help ease the pain of heel spurs – including exercises and pain relievers – one of the simplest ways is as easy as changing your footwear. Trading in your regular shoes for footwear that’s designed to keep the aches and pains of heel spurs at bay can help you resume your active lifestyle.

What Exactly Are Heel Spurs?

Heel spurs are small, protruding calcium deposits that form near the base of your heel bone. Heel spurs often arise as result of activities that put excessive, repeated force on the heel, like running or dancing. They can also be linked with plantar fasciitis or other medical conditions that can affect the soft tissue of the foot such as gout. In response to repeated pressure or inflammation, the heel bone releases calcium which can end up forming heel spurs.

 So…What Should I Wear for Heel Pain

When looking for footwear that will help relieve the pain of heel spurs, you should keep the following factors in mind:

Size and Fit – When shopping for new shoes

Stiffness and Support – The best shoes for heel spurs should provide rigid support at the heel to reduce pressure on the heel bone and surrounding ligaments. Shoes that provide some midfoot or arch support are also ideal, as they make sure that the entire foot is supported while walking. You might also consider wearing splints while sleeping. These stiff braces help keep the bones and ligaments of the foot properly aligned.

Cushion and Alignment – Footwear with adequate cushioning helps absorb shock and reduce pressure on your heels. If your shoes don’t provide enough cushion on their own, you can purchase cushioned insoles or heel cups to slip into your shoes. Generic, store bought inserts are cheaper, but may be less supportive and need to be replaced often; while custom-fitted orthotic inserts are more expensive, but last longer and are tailored to your foot’s unique structure. You can also try wearing cushioned socks with your shoes for additional shock absorption.

 Most shoes aren’t designed with heel spurs or heel pain in mind, but both Vionic and Dr. Comfort offer fashionable, therapeutic shoes that are specifically designed by podiatrists to help alleviate heel pain. We offer these innovative shoes in our office, which means you can have a look and try them on before making a purchase. Contact us today or stop by one of our offices to slip into a great-looking pair of shoes that will help alleviate your heel pain!

Author Dr. LaMour

You Might Also Enjoy...

How Diabetes Affects Your Feet

Proper foot care is paramount if you have diabetes. That’s because neglecting your feet could lead to foot ulcers or a life-altering infection. Luckily, many foot-related diabetes complications are preventable.

Do I Have to Get My Bunions Removed?

Do you have trouble getting into those beautiful shoes with the 2-inch heels because the area at the base of your big toe is swollen and tender? Chances are you have a bunion. Does it require surgery, or are there other options?

10 Shoe Shopping Tips for Happy Feet

Your feet serve you well, carrying you where you need to go, all while bearing the entire weight of your body. Here are 10 shoe shopping tips that will keep your feet happily skipping along.

Foot Fungus Facts: Types, Causes, & Treatments

You may have heard of foot fungus, but assumed that this disease couldn’t possible affect you. After all, you’ve probably never seen anything growing on your toes or sprouting from your soles.

Why Are My Feet Always Sweaty?

Sweaty feet can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. There’s nothing worse than sliding around in your shoes, soaking through your socks, or feeling self-conscious about your foot smell.

Why Do My Feet Smell?

No one wants to smell badly. A foul odor fuming up from your feet can make you feel self-conscious on a date, at a business meeting, or even just walking down the street.

Our Locations

Choose your preferred location