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Why do my feet always hurt?

Most foot pain is directly correlated to the type of shoes you wear. The most common problem is plantar fasciitis which results from a multitude of reason. One of the main causes is from not wearing shoes at all while another stems from shoes that don’t have an anatomically correct foot bed. An anatomically correct foot bed cups the heels as well as supports to the arches which will help keep your feet from pronating. It also helps to eliminate hot spots by distributing the weight of your body evenly over your entire foot. The cupped heel pushes muscle and fat under your heel bone creating you own natural heel cushion. Once you have plantar fasciitis it is very difficult to cure. The most important thing to remember is not to go barefoot, try wearing a house shoe or slipper that has a cupped heel and arch support. Finding a shoe to wear in the shower is also helpful like a croc or an oofos.

How do I know if my footwear has an anatomically correct foot bed?

The best example is to look at the shape of a Birkenstock foot bed. You’ll see it has a cupped heel, high arch and metatarsal support. A few brands that are anatomically correct are: Vionic, Chaco, Birkenstock, Finn Comfort, Alegria, Ecco, Naot, Arcopedico and Dansko. Most shoes do not have an anatomically correct foot bed, and thus require an additional after-market insole such as Form “heat moldable insoles” or other orthotic. By using an aftermarket insole you use the shoe for cushion and the foot bed for support.

Is there an alternative to surgery to relieve back, knee, and hip pain? It seems like such a drastic step, and there’s no guarantee it will help.

If you do suffer from back, hip or knee pain there may be an alternative to expensive surgery. Fit to be Tied offers many options for a variety of ailments, such as HOKA One One, which adds tremendous cushion to reduce the impact on feet, knees, hips, and back, while walking and even better when running. For support throughout the foot bed and reducing pronation (which is about 80 % of us) we have brands like Birkenstock, Finn Comfort, Vionic, Alegria and Dansko…just to name a few.  Reducing or eliminating pronation aligns your stride and corrects posture to take pressure off of effected areas of the body. The truth is, most shoes, even flats, elevate the heel slightly which causes us to slouch unconsciously the entire time we are on our feet. This aggravates existing back problems and potentially creates new issues.

Why does my foot feel like I'm stepping on a nail or a sharp rock?

You probably have a Morton’s Neuroma, which is a painful condition, also referred to as a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor. It is a benign growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes that brings on pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.

Those suffering from the condition often find relief by stopping their walk, taking off their shoe, and rubbing the affected area.

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How do I cure my neuroma?

Wear shoes with plenty of room for the toes to move, low heels, and laces or buckles that allow for width adjustment. Most European Comfort shoes have very wide toe boxes.

High heels should be avoided whenever possible because they place undo strain on the forefoot and can contribute to a number of foot problems.

Resting the foot and massaging the affected area can temporarily alleviate neuroma pain. Use an ice pack to reduce inflamation and dull the pain and improve comfort. For simple, undeveloped neuromas, a pair of thick-soled shoes with a wide toe box is often adequate treatment to relieve symptoms, allowing the condition to diminish on its own. More advanced neuromas often require a metatarsal pad in the middle or on the sides of the metatarsals. They could also require surgery as a last resort.

Shoe brands that work very well to help cure the neuroma are Dansko, New Balance, Naot, Finn Comfort and Birkenstocks…to name a few.

I Have bunions and hammer toes. What types of shoes can I wear?

Bunions can be a very painful experience we do have certain shoes that help with the pain and hide them at the same time. Arcopedico has a really great lace up shoe and also a maryjane model that really stretch and flex around your problem areas.  They also have a very supportive arch and excellent shaped footbed. Certain New Balance styles also have a stretch front and are made in widths so that they accommodate the bunions nicely.