Suffering with plantar fasciitis can make it very difficult to work, especially when sharp heel pain distracts your concentration. Learn how you can find the perfect work shoes for plantar fasciitis so your work performance doesn't suffer.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a term used to describe excessive heel pain. This painful condition tends to develop over time. At first, you may experience slight discomfort in your heel and then this will develop into a severe pain. Sufferers of plantar fasciitis find the condition bothers them after they've just woken up or after a period of rest.
Pain from plantar fasciitis is sharp and is at its worse when weight is put on the heel. Which is difficult to avoid if you've got a job which involves lots of standing and walking.
The main causes of plantar fasciitis are:
- repeated wearing of unsupportive footwear
- excessive strain from long term standing or exercise
Pain from plantar fasciitis
Recommended treatments for plantar fasciitis
There are many recommended treatments to help people recover from this heel condition, such as:
- Wearing supportive shoes
- Foot rest (foot care tips for healthy feet)
- Heat or ice coverings on the heel
- Lower leg exercises (try some of these exercises!)
- If the pain continues for longer than 6 months, your doctor may recommend extracorporeal shockwave therapy or minor surgery.
In most cases, plantar fasciitis will recover by itself, the best thing you can do is give your heels time to recover and avoid aggravating the condition. Many people buy shoes that are designed to support their feet and help them recover. It isn't always easy to take an extended break from work to give your feet some TLC, but wearing the right footwear can improve the condition of your heels.
How to find the best work shoes for plantar fasciitis
When buying work shoes for plantar fasciitis, here are the features you need to look for:
1) Arch support
One of the best remedies for plantar fasciitis is to wear supportive shoes all the time. When you're exercising, doing everyday activities or going to work, you need to wear shoes that will support you all day. Look for shoes with strong arch support. When you walk or stand, your feet need to feel supported. Your shoes need to help distribute your weight over your entire foot, not just your heels.
- Find out how arch support can improve work performance
2) Cushion insoles
Before you buy a new pair of work shoes, give yourself some time to try them on properly. They may look smart on the outside, but it's how the interior feels that's important. Cushioned insoles support your feet and give them extra support when walking on hard surfaces.
When you've got a job that demands you to be on your feet for long periods of time, you need to consider the strain it will cause on your feet. Wearing shoes with cushioned insoles gives you that support your feet need.
Buy shoes that are durable. Buying a cheap pair of shoes means their durability will decline over time and so will all their supportive features. Heels on cheap shoes will degrade quicker compared to a pair of durable footwear. Shoes that are damaged from excessive wear can cause more damage to your feet and stunt any recovery.
4) Heel support
As plantar fasciitis is excessive heel pain, the best thing you can do is buy work shoes that have a good heel. When trying on a pair of work shoes, have a test run around the room. Heels act as shock absorbers so when you're walking on hard ground, they protect your heels from getting damaged.
5) Slip resistance grip
You might be thinking: how does slip resistance grip benefit heel pain? Buying shoes with excellent slip resistance grip is an extra protective measure. Trips, slips and falls can do additional damage to your heels and aggravate your plantar fasciitis. The best way to reduce the chance of falling and damaging your heel is to wear slip resistant shoes.
Aristocrat (2031) made with full grain leather and has cushioned insoles, shock absorbing heel, arch support and slip resistance grip.
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