The Best Shoes for Pain
Joint problems can come from genetics, over-use, traumatic injury, and by ignoring what is best for them. Sometimes problems can stem from wearing the wrong kind of shoes when you walk or run. For example, if you’re walking around in flip flops all day you must know that you’re not getting any support from them, right? And if you’re in love with wearing high heels, you might be familiar with the pain that comes at the end of the day. Thankfully, wearing the right shoes can help you prevent certain knee injuries and keep pain at bay. Ready to learn about buying the right shoes to keep your joints happy? Keep reading.
Do you have an injury or specific issue?
Obviously an important place to start when it comes to finding the right shoes is understanding what kind of issues you might be dealing with.
If you have had a specific injury that you know of, it might be worth consulting a physician to see just how seriously it might be affecting you now. Some issues won’t be resolved with a switch in footwear.
Shop With a Pro
If you’re looking for walking shoes versus running shoes, your needs will still boil down to one thing: comfort. Trying on shoes later in the day will help you zero in on the shoes that fit and feel the best. Why? Because our feet naturally swell throughout the day. Ever wondered why some shoes just never feel good? It’s likely that you tried them on and purchased them earlier in the day, when your feet were just a little bit smaller.
If it’s possible, try on plenty of options with a salesperson who is educated about how feet move in shoes. Many specialty running stores offer services to identify people who overpronate or underpronate (read: people whose feet flex inward either too much or too little, which can cause damage down the road) and help find shoes and inserts that help correct that movement.
If you’re interested in learning more about keeping your joints healthy, or preventing further injury, give us a call at (707) 258-2547 to schedule a consultation.