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Plantar Fasciitis and Cute Shoes- Is it possible?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by FitWit, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. FitWit New Member

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    Hi All-

    I'm new to the boards, but have been lurking F-O-R-E-V-E-R. Because of all of the knowledgeable members/discussions here, I have diagnosed myself with plantar fasciitis, which has been confirmed by a podiatrist. Had it not been for everyone here, I would never have thought that what I was experiencing was a "real" condition that is treatable. So thank you!

    My podiatrist has given me inserts for my shoes (along with recommended stretches and ice/massage) as my treatment. I have to say, the inserts have helped tremendously, but the problem is they only really work in athletic shoes. It's summer- I want to wear flip-flops (I know, I know, really, REALLY bad) and sandals. Shoes with socks are incredibly hot, plus there are only so many things that athletic shoes look good with....like workout clothes and not much else (at least not much else in my closet). What have all of you with plantar fasciitis done for "cute" shoes? I'm looking for any and all suggestions- sandals for summer, loafer type shoes for when the weather turns colder, and maybe even stylish boots. Is it possible to have plantar fasciitis and cute shoes? Please tell me yes.
     
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  2. jbosumom Member

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    Hi FitWit:

    I am a fellow lurker as well. I too have gained much knowledge from the people here. I have also been suffering from the same thing. I self-diagnosed as well, and have had success with shoe inserts. I do put them in my flats, etc. But I also recently found some sandals that are Chaco brand that have good arch support. I think the web site even says they are designed for this foot problem? They are expensive, but I was able to find them at a discount store called Gabriel Brothers at a REALLY discounted price. I don't know what part of the country you are in (I'm in Ohio), so I don't know if that store is available to you? I have the flip flop type of these and they have good arch support. I had to stretch the top out on them a bit before they were comfortable, but I am not that used to wearing in-between the toe sandals. But the arch support is nice. You can check out their web site if you google chaco shoes.

    I also put my arch supports in my boots. I found it also helps if you put the inserts under the foam insert that is already in the shoe (if your shoes have them). I never realized that in a lot of my shoes the inserts in them could be pulled up and put back down over the supports.

    HTH
     
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  3. lala1 Cathlete

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    Absolutely! My podiatrist told me I would never wear sandals and I just looked at him like "yea, right" HOWEVER, while you are in the midst of treatment, you may just have to wait. Once the pain is gone, experiment.

    Merrell has wonderfully comfortable and fairly cute sandals, even when my PF flares up.

    Skechers, believe it or not, but moreso when things are going pretty well.

    Born has some good ones, but not all of them are.

    Something that I do with my shoes/sandals that don't have the support...instead of an insert, I cut a small square of moleskin and place on the shoe that is where the back part of my arch hits...works wonders...my dad told me that idea and I didn't believe it, but it works like a charm.

    Again, though, use the ice, the towel exercises, I use/d a splint at night, whatever else to get rid of your PF initially.
     
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  4. JeanneMarie Cathlete

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    Cute sandals that are good for your feet and easy on PF can be found!

    Brands to look for: Born, Merrell, Clarks, Naot, Donald Pliner, Nuture, Sofft.... just to name a few.

    All of these have great arch support and cushioned insoles. Good luck with getting rid of the PF. I've had it in the past, but managed to kick it.
     
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  5. LauraMax Cathlete

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    Yep, what JeanneMarie said--you just have to be willing to shell out the money.

    I'm actually getting cortisone shots in a few weeks, mine has gotten so bad. :( I don't think the shots are fun, but they're supposed to make a world of difference.
     
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  6. workingToBeFit Cathlete

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    Yes definitely! The best thing is to make sure the heel height is in the neighborhood of 1 to 1 1/2 inches, if you plan to wear something all day. Kitten heels work great for me. I can't remember where I first read that, but it has worked well in my case. The heel being higher than the toe takes pressure off the fascia. Never, ever wear a shoe that is totally FLAT. I can't wear flats, they kill me and cause a flareup. I do have some flip flops that work well for me - they are Crocs and didn't cost that much - the heel is definitely higher than the toe though. But, sorry to say it, but I never wear them all day, only for a short period. Flip flops force you to "grab and pull" with your toes in an un-natural way, and that is just not good for your feet. I have been stretching and strengthening my feet for years now and am mainly pain-free. Also be sure to stretch your calf muscles. I am not in the medical field so disclaimer here. HTH!
     
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  7. jodijodi Cathlete

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    For me personally, I gave up on the cuter shoes until the problem had subsided somewhat, then tried different shoes to see what worked. The shoes that work for me are sketchers (I can put my inserts in them), Clark privos, and Keen sandals (great arch support, not really "cute" though, more rugged looking.)

    I thought my PF was flaring up a few weeks ago, and since I want my feet in tip top condition for the Road Trip in a couple of weeks, I have been wearing my sneakers and orthotics constantly. I don't look too fashionable, but my feet are very happy. I suffered through last year's RT with PF, and I am determined not to do it again.

    Good luck!
     
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  8. jodijodi Cathlete

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    Laura, are you getting the shots before or after the RT? Last year my doc offered them, but only AFTER the RT. He was concerned that they would mask the pain too much and that I might injure myself even worse because of it. I ended up waiting a while and luckily the pain eventually subsided without the shots.

    Hope everyone's feet are feeling better soon!!!
     
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  9. ISeeFitPeople.com Member

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    I recently received a catalogue in the mail from a company called Footsmart. They have a website too. They have some sandals and sneakers, inserts, arch supports, night braces and stuff for plantar fasciitis and other foot conditions. Check it out and request a catalogue too.
     
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  10. FitWit New Member

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    Thanks for all of the great suggestions everyone. It sort of sounds like I have to tough it out with ugly shoes for now to the situation resolves, and then I need to treat my feet better. No more $5 flip flops for me. At least this gives me a reason to shop. ;)
     
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