Years ago my daughter called me up and said, "dad I think I have plantar fasciitis; my right heel and arch are killing me.” When I visited her at Nordstrom where she works, everything fit together. Many hours of standing on hard floors and wearing cute, totally flat shoes were surely causing her feet to flatten out and causing heel pain or plantar fasciitis. Now it's July and I'm reminded of that conversation all over again because the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is happening now.

While ice, rest, and some anti-inflammatory medication may take the edge off acute plantar heel pain, the longer term solution often requires additional support. So, how do you do this and continue to be stylish?

The simplest thing to do is to stop wearing flat, flat shoes. Wearing shoes with up to a one inch heel will do two things. First it will shift the weight off the heel and drop the front of the foot, relaxing the pull on the arch and the plantar fascia. Second, this will also relax the calf muscle and relieve pull on the achilles tendon. This can be crucial to reduce the stress on the arch of your foot.

Hate to give up your flats?

Fortunately there are some great comfort shoe stores in Seattle and beyond that have a combination of comfortable and stylish kicks. First on the list is Sole Perfection with locations in Seattle, Shoreline, and Everett.  This week was also my annual visit to Seattle shoe stores to find out what's new in women's shoes. One of the women’s shoe stores that continues to impress me with great service, smart styles, and high customer satisfaction, is Mirage shoe store located in Wallingford. The store is owned by two women who put their heart and their soul into helping customers find the right shoe for the right foot for the right activity. Their staff can also fit you with an over-the-counter arch support that may be all you need to keep your feet healthy.

So, don’t leave your feet flat. Put the spring back into your step by supporting your feet in style and comfort.

If you are still experiencing heel pain after tossing your flat, flat shoes make an appointment with one of our Seattle podiatrists by calling 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

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