Heel spurs get enflamed due to irregular gaits in your walking and hiking stride. One method to alleviate this pain and these ailments is by wearing a proper fitting pair of hiking or walking shoes that give the right support.
You want a shoe that elevates the heel in the back portions of the foot, giving you aid in your stride. There are several shoe companies producing very solid and recommended shoes for hiking and walking.
The Podiatrists at Healthy Shoe Store online recommend the NAOT series of walking and hiking shoes. NAOT shoes provide hallux support and are made with deep heel indentations on an elevated foot bed. These give the wearer the benefit of gait correction.
NAOT shoes have removable footbeds, allowing you to customize your arch beds and support. NAOT offers models for men, women and kids. The Eden and Origin lines are solid options for walking and hiking shoes that provide support for heel spurs and pain.
OrthoFeet shoes come recommended by the podiatrists at Healthy Feet Shoe online. OrthoFeet incorporates a customized orthotic into the shoe bed and sidecuts, giving foot support where it is needed. There are ergonomically designed soles as well as soft uppers that flex with the foot, providing needed relief for heel spurs and heel pain. OrthoFeet sell shoes for men and women.
When purchasing and using OrthoFeet, you can get self-molded foot beds or have your podiatrist mold the shoes in his office.
Mephisto shoes are recommended choices from both Healthy Shoes and FootSmart podiatrists. Mephisto shoes are designed solely--no pun intended--for walking. Customized orthotics, raised footbeds and heel cups provide needed relief to the heel spur sufferer.
Mephisto offers shoes for men, women and children. All natural materials go into the production of the shoes, including leather, cork and rubber.
Professional podiatrists custom mold the orthotics or you can choose to get self-molded inserts and form them at home.
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.