If you've been keeping up with the latest NBA news, you'll know that DeMarcus Cousins, was unable to play recently because of Achilles tendinitis.
And even if you're not a fan, it's still worth mentioning because Achilles tendinitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, along with plantar fasciitis.
Now, heel pain usually goes away on its own after the usual self-care methods such as resting, using ice packs, and taking over-the-counter medications. You can also wear insoles like Health Soles from OSIM Australia or use shoes designed to eliminate heel pain.
As for the last method, a quick Google search will give you plenty of options. But if you're the type who gets overwhelmed when presented with too many choices, you can check out our shopping guide so you can choose the best pair for your heel pain.
How to Buy the Best Shoes for Heel Pain
1. Look for a sturdy counter
A counter or heel counter is a piece of material (usually fiberboard or thermoplastic) that sits at the back portion of the shoe. You want to go for a pair that has a firm heel counter to avoid overpronation.
To check if the heel counter is sturdy, give it a squeeze. If it collapses, it won't properly support your foot and ankle.
2. Check for flexibility
Ideally, you want to stay away from shoes that easily bends in the middle. There should be some resistance. That way you'll know that the pair can "take a beating" as you walk the recommended 10,000 steps a day to keep fit.
3. Avoid flats
The typical advice for women is to avoid sky-high heels, but flat shoes aren't any better.
This is because flat shoes including flip-flops and old trainers don't provide much support. They can cause your arches to drop and injure the ligaments and tendons in the base of your foot.
You want to go for a pair that has elevated heels (about an inch high) with a rocker sole to evenly distribute your weight so it doesn't all bear down on your heels.
4. Get the right style and fit
It's a good thing that ugly orthopedic shoes are a thing of the past. Nowadays, you can get trendy-looking shoes with built-in orthotics and they're reasonably priced, too.
You also have more options in terms of style - from the usual clogs to thong sandals to walker shoes and trainers. In terms of fit, the general rule is to make sure that there's enough space (about the width of a thumb) from the longest toe to the shoe's end. And in case one foot is bigger than the other, go a size up.
Another Option: Foot Massager
Once you're done shopping for the perfect footwear, you can also invest in a good foot massager to improve the strength and flexibility of your feet and ankles. This will go a long way in preventing pain, as well as in injury management.
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