Sketchers Shape Ups. Are they good for heel pain? Well that depends. If you have achilles tendon pain then they are NOT for you. The soft heel in the shoe will allow your heel to drop down lower than it does in a “regular shoe”. That can cause extra strain on the achilles. It can make an achilles tendon problem worse.
When it comes to plantar fasciitis the answer is not as simple. In some cases my patients do find the shape ups to be comfortable. You do need to be careful though. Many people with plantar fasciitis, heel pain, heel spurs have a tight achilles. That is often one of the causes. If you have a tight calf, achilles, then you could make your heel pain worse with a shape up type shoe.
My advice is don’t run out and buy the new shoes. Maybe spend some time walking around the store in the shoe. If it pulls on your heel definately do not buy them. Then if you do purchase the shoes, be aware of the stores return policy and only wear the shoe in the house the first few days to be sure it doesn’t make the problem worse.
Stretching and seeing a good podiatrist is a better use of your efforts than throwing money at the latest fad shoe in most cases.
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