How to Keep Your Feet Happy : NPR

It’s been quite a while since I last blogged. Work and spring hit me hard. I’ll try to be better in the upcoming weeks.

While listening to my usual NPR podcast, this broadcast really hit home. Or rather, my feet. I have Plantar Fasciitis.

“. . . when your heel doesn’t stay attached to your shoe, there’s too much extra motion in the foot.

“Wearing an open-backed shoe, when the heel lifts off the ground, there’s a lot of tension that develops in the plantar fascia, and it increases the angle that the whole foot makes with the ground, and toes bend up further and that just stretches the plantar fascia more.”

I usually wear very sensible shoes (walking or cross-trainers) but I’ve been trying to girly-up my wardrobe this winter and added some slides with 2″ heels. I loved the extra height and not having to hem certain pants. Then came the heel pain in the morning. It was mild in the beginning and got worse as time went on. I tried adding heel cushions to my shoes which were OK but didn’t really solve the problem. I did a little research on heel pain and discovered plantar fasciitis and recognized the symptoms immediately. I’ve been doing exercises regularly and have had some real relief but it’s never gone completely.

This podcast explained alot about the footwear choices that can make a huge difference. My new slides and the springtime flip flops were part of the problem. I really hate dropping the new kicks and I don’t want to wear grandma shoes forever so a happy median must exist somewhere. The exercises from this report are much better than the ones from other sources on the net.

I really should take up foot yoga.

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