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Sneaker Recommendations? Anyone? #footpain #ouch!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I am on the search for yet another pair of sneakers. I am not sure what is going on with my feet this go around. I have probably 10 pairs of sneakers and I am still experiencing foot pain while working out. I am currently using the treadmill to walk..jog occassionally. The pain I am experiencing is mostly in the arch of my foot. Last night the pain was so intense I had to hold on to the rails on the treadmill in an attempt to releive some of the weight/stress I was putting on my feet.

While I realize my feet are small in comparison to the rest of my body....and a little less than 300 lbs coming down on them repeatedly 6 days per week is probably the main root of the issue and not necessarily the shoe....but there has to be something out there that feels better/offers more support. Not to mention I would really hate to spend another $100 on shoes that are not suitable for me.

Here are some the brands/styles that I have that arent quite working:

Nike - Air Max

Nike Air Max

Asics: Had these on last night = NOT GOOD!


New Balance

Nike: Yes I know these are technically "casual" shoes...but I'm trying anything!




I am trying these Saucony's Tonight:
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  • SUZANNE3018
    I have Air Nikes.
    I highly recommend a running store. But I've also had some success with the Dr. Scholl's insoles. You definitely need to get something to provide maximum support to the arches.
    I liked the lacing techniques site Suzie. Thanks! That's awesome.
    Good luck!
    3022 days ago
    oops i meant asics not NB 2 women that i know that have all sorta foot pain swear by the asics and replace them every 6 months and one of them wears orthotics that were custom fitted by her foot doctor. -but they are not running sneakers they are cross trainers or walking sneaks best of luck to you.
    3022 days ago
    I hear from doctors that sketchers and converse are terrible for feet i have had doctors and physical therapists rec'd saucony and nb but not just any model of these they should not be a running shoe they tell me because they do not have as much support .these same doctors also say do not put sneakers in the washing machine ever cuz it breaks down the support and replace every 6 months even if they still look nice.
    3023 days ago
    Update: Last night I tried the last pair of sneakers listed on my blog and laced them differently (thanks SuzieQ). This helped! It didnt completely take the pain away but it helped and felt more supported.
    3027 days ago
    Thanks Everyone!

    Since I have spent a crazy amount of money thus far on shoes I am going to try the different lacing techniques first and see where that gets me. If there's no releif I will look into the insoles........hoping that I can avoid getting another pair of shoes.

    I don't want this to deter me. I will look into the "running store" if all else fails!
    3028 days ago
    As someone who suffers foot problems and recently had surgery to hopefully fix it, I can only make one suggestion. The shoe doesn't really matter. If you look inside of all of them, you will see that they are all the same and relatively flat. Take out that inner lining and you will see there is NO support. So, my suggestion, is to go out and buy some insoles. Some stores offer the Dr. Scholls 'custom fit' machine that you stand on and it measures your foot. They are a bit pricy (~$45), but seem to work great. You can even go online and get a $10rebate form from their website. If those are to expensive, try some of the other standard insoles. Look for something a little firmer with arch support. I like that brand i got from Walmart specifically for Plantar Fascitis. They come in a grey/silver pack. I don't know the brand.

    Good*luck!!! emoticon
    3028 days ago
    Do you have access to a running store? Not a sporting good store, but honest to goodness running store. They are more expensive, but they have people who are actually *trained* in foot mechanics and fitting people with the right shoes. They should take a look at the wear pattern on the sneakers that you are currently wearing, watch you walk and/or run around the store or on a treadmill (talk about INTIMIDATING), etc.

    I used to get severe pain in my arch (almost like a cramping) when I was on the treadmill. I talked to several trainers about it, wondering if there was an exercise or stretch that I could do for it. The first suggestion they had was to check out my sneakers - but I had what I thought were good sneakers. But then, out of desperation, I went to a real running store, was fitted for the *right* running shoe and have never looked back. The only time I get pain now is when I need a new pair of shoes.

    Most reputable stores will also let you try them out for a couple of weeks and return them if they don't work for you - as long as you don't wear them outside and they are in "like new" condition.
    3028 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6378861
    I have Reebook RealFlex Scream. It may not be shoe per say. Did you try tying your show differently?


    If you have Pinterest; I found it on there. My feet used to hurt, cuz my ankles didn't have support and the show kept coming off the back of my foot. So I tied them differently. Makes a HUGE DIFFERENCE.

    Let me know if that helped.
    3028 days ago
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