Many of the patients who come into our office tell us about how they’re experiencing chronic foot pain. This pain could be a result of a previous injury, it could have something to do with the patient’s foot structure, or it could be a result of a condition they’ve developed. No matter what’s causing the pain, one thing is certain: there’s no need to live with it. One of the great secrets about foot pain is that it can sometimes be completely relieved by simply changing shoes. It’s one of the easiest changes to make and doing so will greatly improve your daily life! Why not just try it?
When you take 1,000-3,000 steps per day, all the pressure from your weight can really add up and wreak havoc on your feet. This pressure can cause certain conditions to develop such as Achilles tendonitis, corns, calluses, bunions, hammertoes, heel spurs, Moron’s neuroma, and more. Knowing what shoe to wear for each condition will make your life less painful. Dr. Danciger suggests the following for each condition:
- Achilles tendonitis: Try wearing insoles or heel cups to absorb the shock from each step. You could also ask Dr. Danciger about a tendon strap which is designed to reduce stress to the Achilles tendon.
- Bunions: Patients with bunions will benefit from wearing shoes that have room to breathe like sandals, wide –toed shoes, or shoes with custom orthotic inserts. It’s most important to avoid shoes that aggravate the bunion through excess friction and pressure, like high heels and tight-fitting shoes.
- Corns & Calluses: Look for shoes with roomy toes so you aren’t constantly rubbing up against sores and aggravating them more. Gel insoles may also help provide additional cushioning which eases pressure.
- Flat Feet: Patients with flat feet don’t always suffer with foot pain as a direct result, but if your flat feet bother you please come in to see Dr. Danciger about custom orthotics.
- Ingrown Toenails: Patients with ingrown toenails will be most comfortable wearing open-toed shoes like sandals. A simple procedure by Dr. Danciger can heal ingrown toenails so they never grow back again.
Many patients don’t realize that foot pain does NOT have to be a part of their daily life. If you’re wondering why your foot pain never goes away, call Dr. Danciger to set up an appointment. He can listen to your concerns and help eliminate the pain.