Foot pain can be relieved with special shoes or shoe inserts made to fit softly around sore feet, according to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. Patients with conditions such as diabetes may be eligible to purchase special footwear paid for by Medicare Part B insurance or other health insurance.
Shoes that do not have enough support or are too loose or too tight can cause pain and stress on the feet, says the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The ideal shoe choice for women is one with a square or wide toe box and a heel less than 2 inches high. Men's shoes are made to fit the shape of the foot. Soft-soled shoes, rather than leather, are more comfortable for long-distance walking.
Rocker sole shoes, which have thick soles and curve up at the heel and toe, may reduce arthritis pain in the ball or heel of the foot, as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests. The rocker sole style encourages the foot to roll naturally while walking and lessens the impact when the foot hits the ground. A health care professional should be consulted before investing in this type of shoe.