Best Solution for Sore Feet Saying Oooph!
Last summer I doubled the miles and time spent walking the dogs while recovering from major surgery. My sore feet paid the price. Dreaded plantar fasciitis.
I'd struggled with plantar fasciitis before, and custom orthotics from the podiatrist fixed my problem with super sore feet. This time, it did not work. My VERY expensive custom orthotics did sort of help the plantar fasciitis pain, but they caused me insane other kinds of sore feet issues. It was like walking with huge river rocks taped to my feet.
It was so bad, even just around the house, that I would try to figure out how to do things like put new sheets on the bed by taking the fewest steps possible. I never could get farther than a few houses down the road before the foot pain from the orthotics flared up.
I went back to see the podiatrist about 8 weeks later, and he made some adjustments to the orthotics that helped a tiny bit. But, I still hated them and stopped using them entirely.
Thankfully, the owner of a local running store gave me a better idea. Recovery shoes from OOFOS! [Yes, I have a new affiliate relationship with OOFOS and will get a % of any sales made from my links. Remember, I only have such relationships with companies / products I actually use.]
OOFOS Shoes Take the Ooph Out of Sore Feet
The owner of the running store suggested starting with these simple slide sandals for around the house to see if the OOFOS recovery foam would help me -- before I considered another style of OOFOS shoes. Yeah, they aren't exactly glamorous, but in a matter of days, my sad little feet felt SO much better.
The amazing owner of the local running shoe store also suggested a couple different kinds of low / zero drop running shoes that I alternate wearing when I walk the dogs. My feet do still often start to hurt when I'm walking the usual 3-6 miles each day with the pups, and my stiffen up and get really sore later when I first stand up later in the day.
So, I pretty much wear these sandals inside the house all the time. With socks no less. [Insert appropriate horror here.]
Rather than suffer through another summer of foot pain, I'm going to order a real pair of OOFOS walking shoes like these. I will report back later on those for my real-life walking scenarios
IMPORTANT UPDATE --- These shoes ^^^ are definitely NOT suitable for actual walking for exercise. Look how worn down the soles are after JUST 2 WEEKS OF walking my normal 3-4 per day on our rural / paved road.
They might be fine for wearing around the house, but they do not hold up at all for outdoor use.
For comparison, here is how the sandals I bought a year ago look ... that I only wear around the house. Maybe the black sandals are made differently. I don't know.
In the meantime, I strongly encourage you to try some recovery shoes from OOFOS if you're having pain from being on your feet a lot, including:
- Walking your dogs more during the ongoing pandemic
- Marching in support of Black Lives Matter