The Best Shoes for Older Adults to Fight Common Foot Issues
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Many people suffer from foot issues, and as we get older, these can become more prevalent and painful.
Choosing the right pair of shoes is important regardless of the size, shape, or general condition of your feet. However, when you do have foot problems, the type of shoes you opt for is even more important. Choosing the right shoes goes beyond just looking for men’s comfortable sneakers or comfortable women’s shoes. You need to focus on particular features that provide support to the part of your foot causing you problems.
The following are some general tips to help you choose the best shoes for foot issues you may deal with.
There are underlying causes of heel pain like plantar fasciitis, which causes pain on the bottom of the heel, and Achilles tendonitis, causing pain at the back of the heel. Bursitis and heel spurs can also trigger heel pain.
The key, if you have heel pain, is to choose supportive sneakers, like Taos women’s supportive sneakers, or sneakers for men with support. When you have shoes with arch support, it helps align your feet properly and distributes weight evenly across your foot. That then reduces the pulling and pressure on your heel that causes pain.
Even when choosing sandals, if you have heel pain, make sure they have adequate support.
Bunions can cause stiffness in your big toe, and having a bunion can put pressure on your other toes. You want shoes that fit well, and never wear shoes that are too tight. Tight shoes can make bunions worse.
Look for shoes with ample space around your toes, and keep the heel low. Along with the wide tox box, you want sturdy soles and arch support. You ideally want a full range of motion in the joint affected by the bunion.
Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses can be caused by factors including spending most of your day on your feet, regularly running or participating in activities where your feet are rubbing against your shoes and socks, and also wearing shoes primarily for fashion too often.
To find shoes that are good for existing corns and calluses and can help prevent future ones, look for a pair that is comfortable and gives you room to move your toes but also feels secure on your foot.
When your shoes are too big, they can rub while you walk. If your shoes are too small, they can put too much pressure on specific parts of your foot.
Also, don’t buy wide shoes unless you really need them. If your shoes are too wide for your foot, it causes sliding inside the shoe, which can lead to calluses.
Instead of getting an unnecessarily wide shoe, choose with one an insole providing arch support.
Pain in the Ball of the Foot
Finally, pain in the ball of the foot is sometimes referred to as metatarsalgia. If you have this issue, it may be due to the fact that the fat pad on the ball of your foot is worn down. Look for shoes with plenty of padding in the forefoot to make up for that lost natural cushioning.
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