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I need shoe help!!!!!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Okay y'all I need some advice about shoes. Mine have just about bit the dust and I got a pair just so I've have a pair when mine are gone until I can find a new pair. They feel good but after a while I just have to get out of them like NOW and my feet hurt so bad afterwards. It could all be related to the plantar facisiis (spelled wrong I know). I've been looking online and in stores for shoes but so far haven't found anything I really like.
So here's my story - I'm diabetic and am looking to get special inserts for my shoes so I guess my shoes would have to have removable inserts. I wear either a 10 1/2 or 11 wide, depending on the shoe and how they run. I have large heel spurs on both feet. I can't stand any shoe that touches my ankles - high sensitivity in that area probably from my fibromyalgia. I walk up to 5 miles a day right now. My walking surfaces vary alot here in town. Old 50 year old concrete (or older), newer concrete, black topped highways, gravel roads, dirt paths, rocky areas, oiled rock roads, grassy areas and places where the surfaces are all broken up. Then of course I go hiking on the AT and in the Smoky Mountains when I'm down there. So I need something that has cushioning and comfort no matter where I'm walking. I know it's a lot but if anyone can give me ideas of what to look for I would GREATLY appreciate it.Oh yeah, I have screws in my left knee and arthritis in my hips, knees, feet, ankles or anywhere else you can get it. I leave on vacation June 9th so I'd like to get them within the next few weeks so I have a chance to get used to them. Thanks
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HOLISTIC5 5/12/2013 10:03PM

    Brooks Addiction- come in wide- I have used them for the past ten years- I need a wide toe box and I have to put orthotics in them. A little pricey but I am an RN and work 12 hour sifts so important I have good shoes.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 5/4/2013 5:37PM

    Thanks everyone for your wonderful help! I've ordered a pair of orthaheel athletic walker shoes from Zappos.com. Zappos was the only place that had my size. They sound like they are just what my foot needs! Can't wait to get them. They should be here by Friday. emoticon emoticon

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SWDESERTLOVER 5/2/2013 7:05PM

    When they measured my feet and analyzed my walk at Fleet Feet Sports, they found a good shoe for me and also recommended Superfeet inserts for arch support. I bought them and they are great now that I've gotten used to them. Superfeet has a website where you can read about them. Also, my sister has heel spurs and she went to a foot doctor who had special inserts made for her feet. They were expensive, but they have helped her tremendously (btw, she also has fibromyalgia).

It may take you some time and searching, but I hope you can find a good pair of shoes that work for you.

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LOVETOLAUGH56 5/2/2013 5:16PM

    Have you looked at Ortho Heel? The shoes I see online there look really nice and I think they have shoes that are supposed to help the plantar faceitis.

Also I recently ordered orthotic inserts for my son, his from years ago were worn out and I wanted to try this company online called http://customfootcare.biz/ this company sent us the kit to make the impressions, mailed it back and they'll send us the custom insterts.


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DANCINCAJUN1 5/2/2013 4:20PM

    if you have a shoe repair shop around a lot of times they have or know of one of those people that can help get shoes for your needs .... can not think of what they are called ..... my hubby has a hard time with shoes but he seems to like the SAS shoe quite well .... one reason is they still have the velcro tops so he doesn't have to tie them .... arthritis saver for sure ! Roc


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KLONG8 5/2/2013 10:43AM

    I use ASICS - Gel shoes and have been very happy with them. A lot of support but not like hiking boots. They don't go up on the ankles. The sizing runs small so I buy up one size for myself. Good luck!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 5/2/2013 7:57AM

    I splurged on a pair of Clark's Mary Janes. May seem a little dull, but classic. Dress up or down. They are the first shoes that never hurt my feet. The quality is fantastic. I'll have them for years to come.

I never thought I'd recommend shoes, but that's how much I love them.



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MSLZZY 5/2/2013 7:07AM

    New Balance works for me but I am no expert.

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JEANINNEWCASTLE 5/2/2013 12:56AM

  I always go to New Balance. They are expensive (though all shoes seem to be nowadays!). They have you step on this pad that shows where you put the most weight on your feet. It helps them to find you the correct inserts. They might need to order shoes that are your size if your feet are not a "normal" size - they always order them for me - but it doesn't take long.

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KSNANA2 5/1/2013 11:51PM

    My DD developed the plantar fasisitis ( I can't spell it either!) and found a pair of Nike's that felt good to her. Since the shoe worked so well she bought 4 pairs in different colors and is wearing them constantly. She went to shoe stores and tried on every single pair until finding the one that worked for her. She had to go online to get the additional shoe colors. Good luck finding the ones that work for you. I think it is rather an individual fit and what works for one person may not for another.
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