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What should I do if my shoes hurt my feet?

Christopher Chiodo, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
If you have foot discomfort in a particular pair of shoes, your first step should be to invest in better shoes. Properly fitted, well-cushioned shoes may provide you with the support you need. And since custom orthoses can vary widely in cost (ranging from $150 to $400), better-fitting shoes may be considerably less expensive. If the problem is minor and you just need a little more cushioning, try an over-the-counter insert.

If the problem persists or if you find that you suffer discomfort in all of your shoes, talk to a foot care specialist. You may benefit from custom orthoses. Orthoses frequently succeed in treating such disorders as flat feet, problems of the metatarsals, neuromas, and heel pain. In general, there are three main kinds of custom orthoses: soft, rigid, and semi-rigid.

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