Q: "In a lot of pain and having trouble finding shoes that will work for me. Has anyone got any idea what type of shoe is better? I have tried so many and everyone I have tried is so uncomfortable and my feet are so painful. Could anyone give me ideas whats good and whats not please?" -Jackie
I can only answer from my personal experience, but I'm certain other people will jump in with their suggestions as well.
To deal with my foot pain, the number one thing I look for in shoes is a good amount of cushion. I used to like a hard-soled shoe like Birkenstocks, but I can't tolerate those at all anymore! Now, the softer the sole the better. My number two requirement is arch support -- nothing that puts a lot of pressure on my arch, but a little something. Third is enough space so that nothing's putting too much pressure on any point. My feet aren't wide, but many of my shoes are.
I've noticed that when my feet hurt, I'm better off wearing a really well-cushioned slipper at home than I am going barefoot. I have some memory foam slippers that have gotten me through some really nasty bouts of foot hypersensitivity.
Something I've just recently come to recognize is how much the right socks can help! I've discovered newer fibers that I love because they make for a very smooth sock -- no more of those ridges grinding into my skin and making it burn. My favorites are actually made of rubber and other synthetic fibers, and they're amazing! They feel supportive and silky against my skin without being tight, yet they're thick enough to add padding to not-so-cushy shoes. They're also especially warm, which I definitely need in the winter. Bamboo socks also feel amazing, and I have some super-soft terry cloth ones to wear around the house.
And that brings me to temperature. At least for me, cold feet = sore feet, and hot feet = puffy, achy feet. It's hard to keep my feet a comfortable temperature, but if I don't I'm in trouble. In the winter, I keep them covered and sometimes use a heating pad or rice bag to warm them. If that fails, I'll soak them in hot water. In the summer, I spend a lot of time with my feet in cold water and I don't wear enclosed shoes at all.
What helps you deal with sore feet? Have you found a certain kind of shoe that really helps? Leave your comments below!
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