How to Keep Your Feet Healthy at Work

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

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August 02 2016
Kathy Watchorn

I have had intermittent heel pain for nearly 30 years. I’ve tried many different remedies (splints, stretching, orthotics, both custom and over-the-counter). I’ve gone to several foot doctors and a chiropractor. My question is: How long does your method take to improve foot pain? I can’t even imagine walking barefoot on a hard surface, as even thick carpeting causes discomfort. Will your toe spacers immediately decrease pain? Is it gradual? What support do I need for my feet? My arches have fallen and are not visible when I stand. My foot rolls inward as I stand or walk. My foot feels the best when there is a lot of cushion in the shoes. Currently, I’m wearing a rocker bottom walking shoe. Please advise! Thank you.

August 02 2016
Natural Footgear

Hi, Kathy,

Thank you for your message and for reaching out. You asked several really excellent questions that I hope can be answered in greater detail in the resources I have listed below. If after reading the material and watching the videos you still have questions, please feel free to email us directly.

The rehabilitative process for achieving optimal foot health naturally is a gradual one. It usually takes a long time for problems to arise, so it’s only natural that it will take some time, too, for true foot and toe rehabilitation to occur. Through the rehabilitation process, you will be strengthening your feet and aligning your toes, which for most people most of the time helps reduce discomfort and improve foot function.

Here are those resources I mentioned:

Free Correct Toes e-Course:

Correct Toes & Orthotics:

Who Should Use Orthotics?:

Pronation vs. Overpronation:

What is Natural Arch Support?:

Correct Toes: Results & Expectations:

Please note that we can’t comment on your specific case without the benefit of a full health history interview and physical examination. Our best recommendation is to check out the list of healthcare providers linked to below to see if there are any in your area. You’ll be able to get a much more detailed answer from any of these providers:

Alternatively, you might consider scheduling a phone or Skype consultation with the healthcare team at Northwest Foot & Ankle, in Portland, OR. This is a great option for discussing your particular foot care concerns:

I hope this helps!

Kind regards,
Laura Trentman

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