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breathe's avatar

Do the arches of your feet ever feel like they are going to break if you take another step?

Asked by breathe (249points) June 28th, 2010

Walking all day in flat shoes, the pain starts to creep in from the side of your feet, then across the top of the arch. You think one more step and your foot is going to break in half. You go home and then what do you do to relieve the pain pulsating up your leg?

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Seaofclouds's avatar

I’ve had that happen before after a 12 hour shift in crappy shoes. I went home, took of the shoes, soaked my feet in warm water and then massaged them. The next day I went out and bought a better pair of shoes to wear at work.

flo's avatar

I am sorry I can’t help you with the solution. I have heard of it but I can’t understand why it is said to be the fault of the flat shoes. What happened in the old days, before anything other than flat shoes? A lot of people in the world wear either flat shoes or go bare feet. So I’m just curious.

janbb's avatar

It sounds like you need to get orthotics to put in your shoes. They are a godsend for flat feet.

Kayak8's avatar

The foot is comprised of so many little bones and tendons that it is not surprising when something isn’t working quite right. There are a number of painful foot conditions and, if your situation continues, you may want to check with an orthopedist or podiatrist to see if there is something actually wrong with your foot/feet. They can write a prescription for you to be fitted with orthotics, can teach you to tape your feet (for plantar fasciitis), can see if something is off with your gait (pronating or suppinating), and generally check your foot and ankle health. A lot is riding on our feet, so it is worth it to treat anything that goes wrong with them.

breathe's avatar

I have a high arch, and flat shoes do not support that. But I can’t find a shoe that has a high arch. I love walking and hate the pain.

Blackberry's avatar

Try wearing more comfortable shoes (gasp!)?

Seaofclouds's avatar

@breathe New Balance makes a wide variety of shoes for different arch types. If those don’t work, there are a lot of orthotic inserts to help as well.

YARNLADY's avatar

No, my knees give out long before my feet get tired.

breathe's avatar

@seaofclouds, thank you, I will look into them for sure.

perspicacious's avatar

Not anymore. See a podiatrist.

ezrida's avatar

I think that first of all get a professional diagnosis before you spend more time, money and effort. You might have plantar fasciitis and you better treat it with professionals.
I am dealing with plantar fasciitis for more than a year now and I understood that treatment efficiency is very individual. If something works for one it may not work for the other. There are many treatment techniques that you can try.
Did you try Taping? I have found it very useful. Taping will keep your foot from getting injured again and will help you get through your daily routine. There are a few Taping techniques you can use.
I also found a very informative website with more good ideas in:
Take care & Good luck

flo's avatar

@ezrida I ‘m looking for the the part about pain re.the high arches, would you copy and paste it maybe?
@breathe I guess it is not everyone with high arches who would have pain. I ‘m correcting myself re. my first answer

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