Shoe Help ASAP Please

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Tawra, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. Tawra

    Tawra New Member

    I have Fibromyalgia and it's been really bad lately. My feet and legs ache so bad I can hardly stand it.

    I changed shoes and got some Dr. Scholl's at Walmart. I think that is why they are hurting. I used to wear New Balance and they were ok but I'm sure I can do better.

    I do have hard plastic inserts to keep my archs from falling. Any suggestions?

  2. teacher

    teacher New Member

    These are kinda expensive, but they work for me:



    Ros Hommerson

    Also, about your inserts. Where did you get them? I've found that I need some and the ones that were given to my by my Chiro made everything WORSE! I'm thinking about going to someone that specializes in inserts.

    Happy feet!
  3. kat2002

    kat2002 New Member

    When I had physical therapy for my knees a couple of years ago, the therapist gave me some excellent advice. She said that people with leg and feet problems should always buy running shoes. They are the only type of shoe built with the proper support that does not wear down quickly.

    I took her advice, and it has made a huge difference.

    Hope this helps,

    [This Message was Edited on 11/29/2006]
  4. Exfa

    Exfa New Member

    Crocks, crocks, crocks........I can't say enough about them. They are relatively inexpensive and come in all sorts of colors....some are even made for winter. The originals are the ones made in Colorado. They are around $35 a pair. I feel immediate relief on my legs and back when I put them on. Try them!
  5. Clay2

    Clay2 New Member

    My wife finds that change of any kind - either shoes or inserts, improved or bad - brings on a few weeks of foot pain as her feet adjust.
  6. marsupialmama

    marsupialmama New Member

    or walking shoes is all i wear these days, or Birks at home in place of slippers.

    I tried to buy some more dressy shoes the other week but my feet hurt after about 30 seconds. NO support whatsoever! So it's clompy shoes all the way for me.

    I like New Balance and Brooks, and that's it. All the so called companies that say they cater to hard-to-fit feet have done nothing for me except those two, oh, and the birks too.
  7. Starfisch

    Starfisch New Member

    Nike air running shoes are the only shoes I can stand to wear! And I replace them every 4-6 months because the padding tends to wear down and my feet hurt will start hurting bad again. But days that I'm on my feet a lot, my feet hurt no matter what I wear!
  8. elliespad

    elliespad Member

    Yes, CROCS are GREAT. My daughter bought me a pair of the flip flops. I have them on now. Yes, I know it's winter. They are great on the feet and legs. Only problem, I wore them non-stop since this summer, and while they were GREAT for the feet in general, they ended up KILLING my heel spurs. So if you have heel spurs, don't wear them continuously.

    For years, I have worn REEBOK walking sneakers. Nice wide shoes, wonderful marshmallow cushion. The best.
  9. bobbie1954

    bobbie1954 New Member

    I am diabetic, my legs and feet swell through out the day evern with fluid tablets. I wear sas shoes the best. I only buy shoes with velcro. For years I only wore house shoes my feet are so bad. My diabetic dr suggested these shoes for me.
    Good luck,
  10. lea

    lea Member

    shoes, please?
  11. elliespad

    elliespad Member

    My daughter bought mine at Ake Marina in Ocean City, Maryland so I know they are available to retail stores, but I don't know where.

    You can go to CROCS own website with the appropriate suffix and order directly off the website. I just looked, and I want a pair of their All-Terrains.
  12. Kayleen

    Kayleen New Member

    Birkenstocks are the only shoes I can wear. I spent several years going to various doctors including chiropractors, podiatrists etc...finally I got relief in my feet when I started getting the novacaine shots in my lower back and hips.
  13. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I love shoes by Merrell - they have a black leather clog that is the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn.

    You can do websearch and see them. They sell them in "The Walking Store"

  14. joyfully

    joyfully New Member

    You don't indicate what kind of foot problems that you have.

    The ONLY shoes that I can wear are made by DREW SHOE COMPANY. They are very expensive, but they are well worth it to me. I have arthritis in my R. ankle and need the support of a good leather orthopaedic shoe with flat crepe soles.
    you can find a "store locator" at the top of this web page.
    The specialized shoe store will have to measure your foot to determine the type of "last" that is required for your particular foot. I use a 46 last.
    Once you know what "last" that you need and the size, you can also order from this site. They carry several brands of specialized shoes. In my opinion, PW Minor are not as good of a shoe as the Drew Shoes. I purchase "barefoot freedom" shoes from this site.

    I don't know where you live, and I don't want to "chance" losing all that I've typed by clicking onto your bio.

    I know that there are McMahan's Shoe stores in Charlotte, NC, and three McMahan's shoe stores in Atlanta. Other specialized shoe stores also carry them too. I have personally purchased my shoes from these stores when I lived there. I recently ordered more of the shoes made by Drew from the fittedshoe web site.

    I personally get the "new Villager" 46 last. It has the following features:








  15. carebelle

    carebelle New Member

    clarks or berkies I hate shoes .I hate winter and wear my sandles until the first frost.I go bare footed at home.If I had to work Id have to wear my Berkies in an office.
    I do wear gym shoes out in the winter.I have never liked shoes I guess I'm not a normal woman :)
  16. minkanyrose

    minkanyrose New Member

    Sent me to a foot specialist and had to get special forms made for my foot .

    Don't know how much they cost as it was considered a perscription and insurance paid for them maybe you could look into that .

    I t helped me tremendeously and I can put them in any shoe I buy just have to get a half size bigger.

    HOPE this helps
  17. Bambi

    Bambi New Member

    well before the FM. I do ok with the tennis shoes made for women on special forms ONLY for women that they sell on QVC. I also can do ok with Easy Spirit or the best regular shoe for my foot is Sam&Libby shoes in almost any style.

    The BEST shoes I've found are the ones that have the wide elastic bands that surround the front of the foot. It's almost like having a comfortable ACE bandage on, that give when needed but provide good support. Coupled with an easy bending rubber sole and I am in COMFORT. They are getting harder to find. Bambi
  18. tgirl

    tgirl New Member

    I have CFS and mum has fibro, we are both ardent CROCS lovers. For the first time in my life my feet and legs don't hurt. I was only going to wear them around the hosue as I think they're ugly, but they're so comfy that I wear them everywhere now.

  19. elliespad

    elliespad Member

    Hey, go to Cuddletown dot your know what. Check out these slippers and house shoes. They have memory foam in them. I bet they are VERY comfortable. Pretty pricey though $$$.
  20. DorothyVivian

    DorothyVivian New Member

    Tawra, when I first became diagnosed with CFIDS, one of the major problems was that the muscles of my feet were so sore, I couldn't bear to even put my feet on the floor and I crawled to the bathroom. (Fortunately, it was a very short distance!)

    I got my first pair of Birkenstock 'Arizona' sandals, and soon was walking several miles daily. Since then, I've bought a new pair or two of Birkenstocks every other year. Over the 20 years since that first pair, I've bought twelve pairs. There are a number of covered styles and I've four of them--as well as three 'plastic' clog styles that work well in rainy weather.

    All of the Birks I wear not only have arch supports but the front of the foot is on the same flat level as the heels--so that the calves of the leg have to work--thus giving the heart assistance in pumping the blood upwards. The Birkenstock people call this design of the Birks, the 'second heart'. I believe this is not just a sales pitch since I have a heart valve problem and believe wearing the Birks has helped me prevent leg cramps, etc. I notice my leg calves cramp badly if I try to wear conventional shoes.

    Nevertheless, I've heard some people can't wear Birkenstocks. They are simply not able to adjust to the arch contours of the Birks' footbeds.

    However, you may want to give at least one pair a try. It may take a while to adjust to them, so expect to gradually take time to give them a fair try. Also, I've heard that the 'imitation' Birkenstocks remain too rigid to ever become comfortable, despite appearing to be the same. Genuine Birks get more comfortable as time goes by, and because they're so sturdy, they're worth repairing. They can last for decades and so end up being less costly than most conventional shoes.

    I also like Clarks and Dexter shoes. However, not as much as Birkenstocks for comfort. During the winter, I wear heavy socks with the sandals in all but the worst weather, they are warm enough. Of course, in the summer, I tighten the straps of the sandals and wear without socks. Although Birkenstocks are very unlikely to win fashion awards--I don't care! I'm completely happy to feel much less pain and be getting healthier feet walking more comfortably.

    Thanks for introducing an important topic. Staying mobile and walking without pain is vitally important!

    With love, Dorothy
    [This Message was Edited on 12/03/2006]

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