Many seniors suffer from Plantar Fasciitis and if you fall into this bracket then you will know only too well just how important it can be to select the right footwear. The difference between supportive footwear and non-supportive footwear is massive and in order to maintain as much flexibility and mobility as possible, whilst reducing how much pain your feel on the base of your feet, you need to make the right choice. When it comes to buying safety shoes it gets even more confusing as there are very few which offer the level of support for PF which you may need. There are many on the market which are designed with orthopedics in mind, and here is how to choose the right safety shoes if you suffer from this condition.
If you find some safety shoes which you like but they haven’t specifically been designed to fully support the arches of the feet, you can make adjustments which will help you when you use them. For example you could look at buying some orthopedic insoles which have heavy support throughout the center of them, perfect for giving strong support to the arches of your feet. Alternatively you can look into buying PF tape which is a long supportive bandage which you can stick to the base of your foot before putting your safety shoes on.
Think About the Sole
Normally when we buy safety shoes the focus is very much on the outer casing of the shoe, ensuring that it is strong enough to protect the foot should anything fall on top of it, and to see if it is durable enough for your needs. If you are a sufferer of Plantar Fasciitis however then you also need to pay an equal amount of attention to the sole. What is considered ‘comfortable’ in the shoe industry is not likely to provide you with the support which you need. This is why you should look to find a shoe which has a soft, cushioned heel with a curved and strong center, this will help to alleviate any pain as a result of PF, and it can help you move around far easier.
For the best solution you should look to buy safety shoes which have been specifically designed for people with conditions such as yours, they may cost more but the spend is completely worth it. Plantar Fasciitis shoes for women and men are ergonomically designed to support the arch of the foot and encourage a better gait, resulting in less pressure being applied to the affected areas. Whilst you can buy standard safety shoes and make some modifications, the best option is specially designed shoes which support your feet below and above in equal measure.
Whatever you do, don’t use standard safety shoes without adding an insole first, if you do this then you can count on making your PF worse, and suffering from a lot of pain the following day.
By Ella Maclin Author
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