Friday, 1 July 2016

Shoe Choices For Neuropathy Sufferers

Today's short post from (see link below) is a salutary warning for neuropathy patients addicted to their favourite footwear (because it's the least painful!) We all do it: we wear the most comfortable options because we have to get places with the minimum of discomfort but that doesn't necessarily mean that we're doing our neuropathic feet any favours! Read on to see why and consider breaking in a couple of alternatives. However, if you're like me and have wasted money on shoes that felt great in the shop but after two days, caused more pain than you ever thought possible, you'll know that making the right choice is crucial.

Why Stan Smiths might be ruining your feet
Katie Maguire, June 7, 2016

When Victoria Beckham famously traded her stilettos in favor of comfy white sneaks—claiming she just “can’t do heels anymore”—the world applauded her for adopting a more down-to-earth footwear M.O. (And, let’s be real, we all scooped up a few new pairs in celebration.)
But wearing flat sneakers 24/7 doesn’t mean you’re automatically destined for pain-free peds. According to Jackie Sutera, DPM, a New York City-based podiatric physician specializing in the prevention and treatment of foot pathology, foot issues aren’t so much about shoe style as they are how much you’re wearing your go-to pair of kicks.
“Everyone is born with a fat pad at the bottom of their foot–think of that chubby, bottom part of a baby’s foot—but, over time, the overuse of ‘bad’ shoes wears it down,” Sutera explains. “So while heels definitely do that to you, it may be more surprising to know that flats and unsupportive sneakers will cause that fat pad to wear down just as quickly.”
This means that while Beckham—along with most of the athleisure-loving female population—may have made the switch to Stan Smiths, simply ditching heels isn’t enough to save feet from painful things like inflammation, tendonitis, and pinched nerves. And living solely in your favorite flats can do just as much damage.

“It may be surprising to know that flats and unsupportive sneakers will cause [your foot’s] fat pad to wear down just as quickly [as heels].” The cure? Make sure to mix up your footwear, says Sutera.
“Sneakers are comfortable and now fashionably complete a look, so I’m not saying you have to sacrifice your style,” Sutera explains. “But don’t wear them on the walk to the subway, and then all day at work, and then all night to go out—and the same goes with flats and heels.”
She suggests alternating your trend-driven kicks with super-supportive options—they do exist!—or buying a supportive insert that can seamlessly slip into any shoe, like Vionic orthotics.
If it means we get to hold on to our go-to Adidas low-tops, that’s a pretty small price to pay.

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