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HOW TO FIND CUTE SHOES WHEN YOU HAVE FOOT ISSUES

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Since so many people seemed to enjoy my recent post on having younger-looking hands, I thought I’d take today and discuss another area that gets neglected – our feet! I get so many emails and messages from women asking for alternatives for high heels because, due to foot issues, they can’t wear them anymore. Finding shoes to wear when you have foot issues isn’t difficult. Finding CUTE shoes when you have foot issues is a challenge!

Never fear, Gurls, I am on the case! I’ve done some research and put together a list of super cute shoes for three common issues, but as always, be reminded – I’m not a doctor. LOL. Please do your own research, read the reviews, and let us know what works or doesn’t work for you!

Shoes to Wear When You Have Morton’s Neuroma

Are you familiar with Morton’s Neuroma? I wasn’t until recently that my sister mentioned that she’s had the issue for years. According to FootHealthFacts.com, it’s a thickening of nerve tissue “which occurs between the third and fourth toes.” According to my sister, it feels like a pebble is under the ball of her foot, and that pebble is on fire. Yikes!

While she could have corrective surgery, she has opted to minimize the pain by wearing foot inserts such as these:

Metatarsal Foot Pain Cushion Pads

High heels are out because they put too much pressure on the ball of the foot, but here are a few recommendations.

Athletic Shoes for Women with Foot Issues

Asics Tennis Shoes https://amzn.to/39CjTL

If you play sports or need a good walking shoe, my sister loves Asics because they have a wide toe box. Tight shoes make the problem worse, but by using the insert I mentioned above and using a wide tennis shoe, she’s able to play pain-free. Since she plays tennis about 72 times a week, I’d say she’s a pretty good resource.

Flats for Women with Foot Issues

Beale Flat

Black Leather Beale Flat Loafer

I love these chic flats from Nordstrom. They have a tiny small heel, cushioned insole, and come in wide, so there are no pinched toes.

Sketchers Flat

Sketchers Flat in Taupe

These are so cute! They’re walking shoes but anything but boring. They come in wide and extra-wide, plus the material stretches.

Platform Sandals for Women with Foot Issues

platform sandals

Espadrille Platform Sandals

According to my sister, she can wear a very slight heel without too much discomfort. These platform heels elevate your shoe game but aren’t exactly what I’d call heels.

3 Tips to Reduce the Stress on Your Morton’s Neuroma

  1. Use a very cold plastic bottle or fill one with ice. Roll the bottle back and forth along the bottom of your foot. This can reduce the inflammation.
  2. Sit on the floor with your leg straight. Using a towel, hold each end and put the ball of your food in the middle. Gently book your forefoot back toward your shin for a gentle stretch.
  3. Strengthen your foot by sitting in a chair and with your foot in front of you, make a figure eight with your big toe.

Shoes for Women with Plantar Fasciitis

Boy, do I know a little something about this issue! I’ve been battling this painful condition for several months. For those who don’t know,  plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. The inflamed tissue runs across the bottom of the foot. To me, it feels like a stabbing pain in my heel!

In researching shoes to wear with this condition, I’ve learned that you’re looking for shoes with ample arch support and a firm but flexible midsole.

Athletic Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

I love a sneaker that says I’m fashionable and athletic, not I HAVE PLANTAR FASCIITIS! These fit the bill nicely. They come in a variety of colors, but I like the teal.


Orthofeet Sneakers 

Sandals for Plantar Fasciitis

Look how cute these are!

Vionic Sandal

Vionic T-Strap Sandal

This Macaroon-colored sandal is a classic and would look amazing with white, black, or even a cute pair of flared jeans. Plus, there are other colors to choose from if you don’t need a neutral sandal.

Flats for Plantar Fasciitis

It’s easy to find flats for your average day; look for shoes with good arch support and deep heel pockets. But what about when you want to spice it up a bit or go to a fancy dinner? Birdies to the rescue!

Birdies flats

Birdies Slip On Flats

These come in classic prints like a mini cheetah, black and gold, but also have fun seasonal varieties.

3 Exercises to Prevent Plantar Fasciitis

  1. Spread your toes out as wide as possible, hold and release. Do each foot twice, several times a day.
  2. To strengthen arch muscles, place a towel on the floor, grasp the towel with your toes and pull it toward you. Repeat with each foot 5x.
  3. Stretch your calf muscles. Stand with hands against the wall and one leg behind you with your foot on the floor. Tilt your hips until you feel the stretch in your calf. Hold for 30 seconds. Switch legs and repeat 3x.

Cute Shoes To Wear When You Have Bunions

This is one foot issue that I don’t have yet. I say yet because according to the internet, it’s VERY common, with 3 million people diagnosed with it each year. What is it, and what causes it? Mayoclinic.com says it’s a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe and is caused by tight shoes, foot stress, and arthritis.

Athletic Shoes When You Have Bunions

Barefoot & Minimalist Shoe
Like Morton’s Neuroma, women who suffer from bunions need a shoe with a wide toe box. It’s also helpful when the shoe is made from stretchable material. That’s why I like these running shoes.

https://amzn.to/3tJZquU

They are stylish and seem to hit all the “must-haves” for bunion sufferers.


New Balance Running Shoe

I also like these white sneakers. You CAN’T go wrong with a white tennis shoe!

Flats When You Have Bunions

Ladies, I’m not going to lie. Finding flats that are wide, have good arch support, come in a stretchable fabric, and are CUTE was very difficult. But never fear – I think I have got you covered!

Mesh Flats with Pointy Toes
I don’t love every version, but the black and beige is a classic look. There is a white and beige version and many other colors. While they look narrow, the description says they are wide, and one reviewer said they fit well over her bunions.

Sandals When You Have Bunions

Thankfully, there are a lot of options in sandals for women with bunions. These are a very inexpensive option, have good reviews, and look great.


Toe Ring Slides 

Bow Knot Orthopedic Shoes
Here’s another option. I like the added detail of the knot.

Platform Sandals

These are absolutely gorgeous!

Birkenstock

Birkenstock Cork Wedge

Birkenstock has a “contoured footbed to provide support and weight distribution and deep heel cups for proper body alignment.” And although these say they are narrow, the reviewers say they are actually quite wide.

Tips to Prevent Bunions

  1. Wear the correct shoes. They should fit comfortably, even a little loose on your foot, and have a wide toe box, good arch support, and heels that are less than 1-2 inches. 
  2. Maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, your foot and big toe joints are under more pressure than they should be.
  3. If your feet are tired, elevate them and give them a break.

Since feet don’t get the sun like our hands, they don’t tell our age as badly, especially when we take care of them. Live it up, Gurls! Paint your toenails, gets a toe ring, and pamper those piggies!

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