If the Shoe Fits, Wear It!
10 Common foot ailments and the impact of properly fitted shoes:
By: Erin Beck Maver
With seventy-five percent of Americans experiencing varying degrees of foot pain in their lives you may have chalked your particular ailment up to being normal. But, it doesn’t have to be this way!
Many of the most common foot problems can be sourced to, or exasperated by improperly fitting shoes. There’s no need to grin and bear the pain, Beck Shoe’s is ready to help!
Proper shoe fit can ease the pain of these 10 common foot ailments:
What is a Bunion?
Also referred to as Hallux Valgus, Bunions affect at least 3 million Americans per year according to the Mayo Clinic. The discomfort of a bunion can change your daily life. Shoes that don’t fit properly can cause this issue and make it worse if not addressed.
When you have a bunion, the tip of your big toe shifts towards the smaller toes, crowding them.
Some people may need surgery to correct the bony bump that forms at the joint on the base of the big toe, but for many it’s a matter of wearing shoes that fit.
Tempting as it may be to resort to walking with bare feet or flip flops, issues with pronation and flat footedness can compound the issues causing your foot pain. Instead, find a foot expert at a Beck’s Shoes near you! They will measure your foot length and width, as well as scan your foot for pressure points and arch type to ensure a proper fit.
Arcopedico, New Balance, Brooks, Strive and Aetrex make the best shoes for bunion sufferers and these brands and more are stocked at Beck’s Shoes.
And, don’t forget the power of a good insole like Superfeet or Aetrex - or the power of a relief sock like the BR4 made by OS1st.
Do you wake in the morning with a bruised, aching pain in the heel or arch of your foot? You may have Plantar Fasciitis. This is a treatable condition that is exacerbated by improper arch support. Using the right product can make your days measurably better. Head to your local foot specialist at Beck’s and decide what socks and shoes are best for you!
Pain Under the Heel: Plantar Fasciitis is the leading cause of heel pain and occurs when the fascia
Many popular brands, including Merrell and Spenco are created with arch support in mind and can greatly improve pain associated with plantar fasciitis. In addition to these brands (and more!) Beck’s stocks great insoles like Superfeet and Aetrex, as well as supportive socks like Feetures and OS1st FS4 plantar fasciitis compression socks. And, let’s not forget the Strassburg Sock to help stretch your sore ligaments! A life without pain is just steps away. Visit a Beck’s Shoes near you!
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Ball of Foot Pain:
Ball of foot pain can be caused by plantar fasciitis, bunions, metatarsalgia, hammertoes or even just flat feet. Whatever the cause, Beck’s has your answer. Very often, this problem is caused by improperly fitting shoes. So, be sure to get measured for proper length and width before you start the search for a shoe that will fit you well. In addition, consider an insole by Aetrex or Superfeet, and socks designed with sore and achy feet in mind such as the TA4 by 0S1st.
According to the Mayo Clinic the most common causes of heel pain are Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis. OS1st has tackled these issues and designed socks that provide support for the Achilles heel and the plantar fascia. They are designed with deep heel cups to keep socks in place and provide the relief you need. Head to Beck’s for a consultation and find shoes that offer true support, along with inserts and socks that make all the difference!
Pain in the Back of the Heel: Achilles Tendonitis is an overuse injury
Diabetes is difficult enough without having to add foot pain to the list! Unfortunately, Diabetic Neuropathy is quite common and the resulting discomfort can inhibit exercise, which is a lose/lose situation. It might feel hard not to give up, but if you find a foot expert at Beck’s to aid you in finding the right socks and shoes you’ll be in for a win/win!
Check out quality socks made by Feetures, designed to provide support with a non binding top and seamless toe, or circulation socks by Incrediwear which are made with a loose weave to provide a form fitting feel without the discomfort of a compression sock. Another great option is the WP4 sock made by OS1st - intended for all foot ailments, but specifically helpful to those with sensitive feet due to diabetic neuropathy! Made with nano-bamboo charcoal fiber, they help open capillaries to aid in increased blood flow and they keep your foot super dry. Hands down, one of the most comfortable socks you’ll ever wear! Get ready for renewed comfort and foot protection, so you can get out there and live life without debilitating pain!
Pronation issues can begin in childhood and cause a huge number of issues throughout your body if not addressed - back pain, leg pain, hip pain, knee pain, heel pain, pain in the arch, bunions, hammertoes, corns, calluses, - the list is endless. Remember, your feet are your foundation! Going barefoot or wearing shoes that don’t offer proper support are absolute no-no’s! Do your body (and posture) a favor by visiting an expert at a Beck’s Shoes near you. They will do a quick foot scan to determine what kind of arch support you need. It really is as simple as finding a good shoe and insole - Beck’s offers a variety of styles to fit your life. Fashion, work, athletic - Beck’s has what you need!
Corns are a pain (literally!) - but, comfort is not out of your reach! Not only can you relieve pain, you can prevent it by investing in proper footwear. Repeated friction, rubbing and irritation from ill fitting shoes and low quality socks will leave you walking with pain as a part of your every thought.
Wearing drugstore cushions is a temporary fix, when what you need is a true solution! The solution is proper fit. Start with a quality sock like those made by OS1st - designed to be ultra breathable and slip resistant. Next, get measured at Beck’s and let them help you find a shoe that truly fits.
You could buy ten pairs of shoes online and never resolve the issue, but one stop at Beck’s to have your foot measured and scanned as you troubleshoot with an experienced Beck’s associate will have you leaving the store with happy feet!
Hammertoe can feel unsightly and uncomfortable. Ball of foot pain, corns, and calluses can compound these issues. Your podiatrist may recommend surgery or treatments that help - the first line of treatment being properly fitted shoes. Find an experienced consultant at a Beck’s Shoes near you! There are a variety of brands to fit your life and style - don’t let hammertoe hold you back.
Ingrown toenails are a symptom of an underlying issue. Maybe you’re cutting your toenails too deeply or too short? Or, maybe you’re in desperate need of a consultation at Beck’s! Pronation issues and improper shoe fit are common causes of this ailment, and there’s an easy solution - get shoes and insoles that support your foot shape and gait. Superfeet and Aetrex can aid with over and under pronation. Getting a foot scan will help to determine what kind of arch support you need. An experienced guide at Beck’s will measure not just your foot length, but also your width, to determine what shoes will work for you. With tons of styles to choose from you won’t leave disappointed!
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that blisters are caused by friction. This friction could be a symptom of an underlying foot condition, like the blisters that can accompany bunions on your inner toe.
Of course a shoe for your bunion is first priority, but a relief sock like the OS1st BR4 can also help relieve pain by providing a soft fabric barrier between the big toe and its neighbor. OS1st makes a number of amazing socks with product features that promote dryness, air flow and heel grip non-slip benefits, so you won’t be suffering from a poor sock fit.
Another big difficulty is that you might not know you’re experiencing friction and the resulting blister until you wear (and tear) the shoes you bought. This can leave you hundreds of dollars in the hole! Head to your local Beck’s for a consultation with a shoe expert to find a style and fit that’s right for you!
Don’t let foot ailments hold you back!
With so many common foot ailments it’s shocking how many people needlessly live their daily lives in discomfort and pain! Invest in yourself - go to Beck’s Shoes and get a foot scan and measurement to aid in finding the socks, shoes, insoles and support you need!