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Old 04-23-2013, 09:52 AM
 
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Default Problem with shoe fit, sandals/ flip flop, sneakers

Confession I never wear flip flops or sandals but my feet are killing me and I need to switch. I no longer can stand my sneakers.

It seems that I have a small frame and most flip flops feel to loose. Is there a brand that makes narrower fits?. I have tried wearing smaller sizes but the fit is too loose and I am afraid I am unconsciously forcing my feet in the wrong position because I am afraid the sandals will come out. The problem seems to be worse with my left foot.

I am desperate, my feet are killing me. I know I probably need to see a podiatrist, I am 35 by the way.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:46 PM
 
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The big question is why are your feet killing you? It sounds like you have a narrow foot but that doesn't cause foot pain. Flip flops may/may not be the answer. What is the problem- arches? Toes? Heels?

I am a 30-odd year old with high arches and subsequent metatarsal pain so unfortunately I have learned my way around the foot and footwear!
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:18 PM
 
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First, go to a podiatrist and find out what's wrong with your feet. It could be anything from a heel spur to plantar faciitis (spelled wrong, pronounced: fash-ee-i-tis) to high arches. You need to find this out and take it from there.

As far as footwear, you shouldn't be wearing flip flops at all. They are the absolute worst things you can put on your feet. (Uggs are known as "winter flip flops) They have no support, no protection, nothing that is beneficial to your feet.

If you're looking for summer footwear, just get yourself some sandals with good support in a narrow size. Look on zappos, 6pm, and the like. Don't get those flat sandals with the 1/2" sole..... they're nothing but fancy flip flops and will do damage to your feet.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:05 PM
 
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If you are having foot problems, flip-flops are the last thing you should put on your feet!
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:15 PM
 
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Thank you all. Yes I need to see a doctor and I've trying some sandals(not flip flops, I don't even know why I typed that) with good support. They feel good but I don't think I could drive with them. Maybe I should try sandals with straps?

It is very likely a medical problem. It could be high arches, the pain is in that area. Maybe I should ask this question in the health section since I'm willing to wear any shoes even crocs if I have to.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Utah
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Thank you all. Yes I need to see a doctor and I've trying some sandals(not flip flops, I don't even know why I typed that) with good support. They feel good but I don't think I could drive with them. Maybe I should try sandals with straps?

It is very likely a medical problem. It could be high arches, the pain is in that area. Maybe I should ask this question in the health section since I'm willing to wear any shoes even crocs if I have to.
Yeah, you wouldn't want to talk about wearing Crocs in the Fashion Forum. LOL

I have the opposite problem, I have wide feet and can't find shoes that are comfortable. I broke my right foot years ago and now, periodically, I have dull pain in what feels like the utmost highest point of my arch. I rub out the pain by rolling my foot on a small, dense rubber ball. Most rubber or wooden balls used to relieve plantar fasciitis pain don't help 'cause they're too large in circumference. I've not been diagnosed as my pain isn't unbearable and it's sporadic.

Maybe a podiatrist wouuld be able to recommend some good stores/websites to search for shoes that would work best for your issues. Good luck.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:43 PM
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It is very likely a medical problem. It could be high arches, the pain is in that area. Maybe I should ask this question in the health section since I'm willing to wear any shoes even crocs if I have to.
I must admit that most days when I get home from work, I kick off my shoes and put on my Crocs. I find them to be sooooo comfortable. I avoid wearing them in public...well, except in the morning when I go out to the driveway to get the newspaper.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:43 PM
 
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Is the pain at the top of your foot? I recently started getting a really uncomfortable nerve-like sensation on the top of my foot about a mile into my evening jog. I went online to find a lacing guide for my sneakers and since switching to the "high arch" lace-up where the middle section of your sneaker doesn't have any lace running over it, the pain has disappeared.

It's the one listed at the very bottom of this site:
Lacing Guide | Ways To Lace Your Shoes | Shoes for Problem Feet

Seeing a doc is always the best advice, which I need to do as well, but this may provide temporary relief while still allowing you the cushioning and support of sneakers.
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:09 AM
 
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I think you should start wearing bellies, they look beautiful on girls.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:14 AM
 
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You could try Birkenstock sandals. They come in narrow widths, the straps that go over your feet are adjustable, the footbed is made of cork and conforms to the shape of your feet after you wear them awhile. Putting on a pair of Birks that you have had for awhile is like standing in your own footprint in firm sand - extremely comfortable and very supportive. They make types with closed toes for nurses and other people who are on their feet all day. My favorites are the type that are open sandals with 2 straps over the top of the foot and a heel strap (I think the model is called "Milano")- this makes it impossible to accidentally walk out of them and your foot can relax. Adjust the straps so they are a little loose and you should be able to slide them on and off without having to mess with the buckles. They are European sized so you should try to find a local shop that sells them and get fitted.
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