This week I had a distress call from daughter number two who works in retail. “Dad I think I have plantar fasciitis. My right heel and arch are killing me.” When I visited her at work, everything fit together. Many hours of standing on hard floors and wearing cute, totally flat shoes was surely leaving her feet flat and causing plantar fasciitis.
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 your foot, relaxing the pull on your arch and the plantar fascia. Second, this will also relax your calf muscle/ achilles tendon. This can be crucial to reduce the stress on the arch of your foot.
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.