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.]