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What are the best shoes to wear for people with heel spurs?

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The best shoes for those suffering from heel spurs are shoes with cushioned heel supports that raise up the heel and minimizes shock, according to Aetrex, a retailer specializing in shoes for those with foot problems. Most experts also recommend wearing a shoe with adequate arch support.

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What are the best shoes to wear for people with heel spurs?
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While straining of the plantar fascia, a connective tissue on the bottom of the foot, is the ultimate cause of all heel spurs, the source of this strain helps physicians determine the most effective treatment for the heel spur. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, many people overstretch their plantar fascia through excessive exercise (particularly in improper shoes) or wearing tight high-heel shoes on a regular basis. Those who are pregnant, obese, diabetic or flat footed have a higher chance of developing heel spurs as well.

While wearing supportive shoes is beneficial in the treatment of heel spurs, it is not enough to completely take care of the problem in all patients. Other common treatments, according to Aetrex, include stretching exercises to relax the muscles surrounding the affected area and weight loss for those whose heel spurs are induced by obesity. Doctors sometimes prescribe medication for those suffering with severe pain due to heel spurs. Additionally, some people with severe heel spurs require custom-made orthotic inserts to support their feet and minimize pressure on the heel so the spur can heal.

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