3 Suprising Facts You Might Not Know About Heel Pain and Foot Health
If you’ve been struggling with heel pain for a while, you probably know all of the basics: stretching, icing, avoiding high heels…
We didn’t want to bore you with the same old information, so we thought we’d share a few lesser-known facts about heel pain:
1. Wearing the same pair of shoes every day (or the same inserts) can cause heel pain and damage to the feet
Most people have a favorite pair of shoes that make their feet feel stellar, so they wear them whenever they know they’ll be on their feet for a long time. Unfortunately wearing the same pair of shoes every day can cause a variety of problems.
Alternate your shoes every day so that they have the chance to air and dry out. This isn’t just important in avoiding unwanted smelly shoes, but the shape of your shoe can also be damaged if they are not allowed to dry properly, causing further foot problems.
It can also be helpful to have a few different styles of shoes because even slight changes in the shape and position of your shoe will force different muscles of your feet to engage, making your feet stronger and healthier.
Similarly to shoes, you should not use the same HTP inserts day after day. It’s smart to have a different pair for each pair of shoes that you own so that they are able to dry and air out, and so that they last longer.
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2. Athletic shoes are not always good for your feet
We all know that high heels and sandals can be bad for your feet, but did you know that your old, reliable sneakers may be culprits to your heel pain as well?
Athletic shoes often provide arch support and cushioning for the heel, but the combination of an elevated heel, elevated toes, and pinching the toes together can disrupt your natural gait and tighten your foot muscles.
So what should you wear instead? Not all athletic shoes will cause pain, so try on a few different styles to see which ones feel the best. Try to avoid shoes with excessive padding and elevated toes. It is usually a good sign if you can bend and twist the shoe with relative ease, because that means the shoe will move with your foot instead of restricting its movement.
Learn more about finding the right athletic shoes for your heel pain.
3. Heel spurs do not always cause heel pain
While heel spurs can be a cause of severe heel pain, many people do not even feel them! Spurs that cause heel pain are located at the base of the heel near the plantar fascia ligament meets.
In most cases, your heel has enough tissue to create a cushion around the bone spur so that it does not cause pain to the foot. For those who do struggle with heel pain caused by bone spurs, reducing inflammation in the area with icing and compression can help ease pain.
Orthotic inserts can also help by providing additional cushion and support to the plantar fascia ligament. View our selection of orthotics designed to help with pain caused by heel spurs.