The Do’s and Don’ts of Shoes for Heel Spurs

Heel spurs are a pain...literally. The worst part is that once you have one, it can only get worse, not better without surgery. They are similar to bunions in this way. Before you worry too much, though, know that with proper care and wearing the right footwear, you can keep your heel spurs in check and learn to live with them.


Heel spurs, which are calcium deposits that protrude from the heel bone underneath your foot often form as a result of plantar fasciitis. This is why the recommended footwear for heel spurs is similar to that of patients struggling with plantar fasciitis. By wearing the right kinds of shoes, you can limit your heel spur from growing and get the support you need to live free of heel pain.


The Do’s:


Get a Custom Fit


When you are choosing a pair of shoes for heel spurs or other common foot problems, look for the best fit you can find. The more adjustability, the better. If you have one foot that is bigger than the other, size up in your shoes and wear thicker socks or use a heel pad for the smaller foot. We recommend lace-up shoes like Crave boots, which offer the most adjustability in terms of width. Even though they have laces, they also have a zipper on the side to allow you to easily slip them on and off.


Wear Orthotic Insoles


When you are dealing with heel spurs or plantar fasciitis, it is essential to have orthopedic shoes or insoles with orthotic level support. If you don’t have that extra cushioning underneath your heel as well as along your aches, a buildup of pressure will be put on the parts of the foot that touch the ground first, including your heel spur protrusion. The pressure will only make your pain and the heel spur worse.


Taos Active footbeds mold to your exact foot shape so that the impact of your steps is absorbed by every part of the foot equally. This prevents heel shock and heel spur growth. If you find that the support of the removable footbed is not enough, you can always use custom orthotics.


The Don’ts:


Wear High Heels


Wearing shoes with a heel without a doubt puts more pressure on the exact spot you need to put less pressure on. If you know you have a heel spur or plantar fasciitis, go ahead and move your high heels to the back of the closet. 


This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to sacrifice style, however. Leather flats with arch support like Forward are perfect for the office or to grab drinks with a friend. For casual weekend events, comfy active footwear like Star offers laid-back style. These are also perfect if you are wondering how to treat bunions.


Wear Flip Flops


While supportive sandals with arch support are a must-have, flat flip flops are a big no. Flip flops offer no arch support, very little padding, and a terrible fit. They can break at any moment and leave you shoeless, plus with a heel spur you are undoubtedly going to feel pain wearing such an unsupportive shoe. Go ahead and throw yours away and invest in quality sandals like Double U, instead.


What Shoes to Wear if You Have a Heel Spur


  • Active Sneakers, like Retro Star
  • Low-Heeled Shoes like Mary Janes, Loafers, and Flats
  • Boots with Low Heels like Hideaway


All of these tips for heel spur shoes are recommended whether you have heel pain or not. Oddly, many people with heel spurs don’t even know they are there as they can be completely painless. However, heel spur can also grow into something that becomes more of a concern if you don’t take care of your feet, which is why we should all take the precautions to maintain foot health.

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