Tips to Avoid Foot Pain

Those pretty little shoes may look adorable, but are they supporting your hard-working feet? When your feet hurt, it’s hard to concentrate on anything else. Summer is just around the corner, so here are a few feet-friendly tips to help you avoid foot pain.

Tips to Avoid Foot Pain

According to†the New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA), the number one cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which often causes pain on the bottom of your heel during your first morning steps. The pain can last all day and can get worse if not treated. Plantar fasciitis can be caused by many factors, including:

  • weight gain
  • wearing shoes that don’t support the foot
  • walking barefoot
  • increased exercise routine
  • walking on hard surfaces without supportive shoes

Other causes include:

“Determining the cause of pain is not always easy, but treatment is vital,” said Gary Stones, DPM and President of the NYSPMA. “Treating and preventing common heel ailments will ultimately keep you healthier and pain-free,” he added.

Treating Foot Pain

A podiatrist can help determine the cause of your heel pain and advise you on how to treat it, as well as how to prevent future heel pain. Treatment options include:

  • physical therapy
  • specially-fitted shoe inserts, especially for avid walkers, hikers, and tennis players
  • pain medications
  • surgery

April is Foot Health Awareness Month. The NYSPMA is working to educate consumers so they don’t have to live with foot pain. For more information, visit:

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Jenny G
Jenny Gabout a year ago

I have plantar fasciitis which is painful. I'm having to adapt shoes and lifestyle.

Sherry Kohn
Sherry K2 years ago

Many thanks to you !

.3 years ago

Heel also causing to foot pain so just avoid to use for long times
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Kan Q.
Kan Q.3 years ago

Thanks for your advice. But you know, for some professions like the one I’m in, we have to wear high heels all the time. I feel pain in my feet these days and I’m really troubled by it. I’ll definitely try some of your tips. Actually, I’m thinking of taking laser treatment. A friend of mine recommended me that treatment because he got a good result. I also got some information by myself from here: But I’m still not sure. If I can get some real stories related to this kind of treatment, it would be very helpful for me to make the decision.

Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson4 years ago

Soothing Relief Gel - Apply to minimize swelling, ease pains and aches and shorten healing time.
Night Splint - designed to keep your tendons and ligaments stretched at night to reduce heel pain throughout the day.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

I walk barefoot all the time :o

KAREN L4 years ago


Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Chinmayee Jog
Chinmayee Jog4 years ago

One of the best things you can do for your feet, ankles, legs, and back is ditch the heels!! Occasional use is fine (e.g. going to a party on a weekend) but regular wear is horrible for your muscles. Also, if you have arch issues, make sure that you get proper shoes that correct for your arch, and a pronator block if you need one. I speak from experience - a few years ago, I was on holiday and walking around a lot in sandals on uneven ground. I started developing very swollen and painful feet, but this condition completely resolved with runners/sneakers with really good arch support. I didn't have foot issues for years, and then those shoes became very worn out. I wore flat shoes to work for one day, and developed posterior tibial tendonitis (which is very painful, and can be a precursor to plantar fasciitis). I was barely able to walk, and so I bought the latest in running shoes (with most arch support and pronator block). Once again, my pain completely resolved!

Yasmeen Eldeeb
Yasmeen E4 years ago