I am looking for good sneakers to wear while exercising. I have high arches, small (size 6 women's) wide feet, and all the shoes I've tried don't stop the pain when I do lunges, jumping jacks, or yoga poses where I stand on one foot.
I currently own a pair of New Balance
running shoes. I really like them for almost everything I wear them for: they're great for walking, suitable for a lot of exercise activities, and are actually very cute (I have them in black and pink).
It's when I have to do things that rely heavily on one foot - like side lunges or a few yoga poses - where the trouble starts. I get a lot of aching pains along the foot that bears the weight. I can't really pinpoint the problem area - it seems to be just wherever most of the weight is on the foot. Like, some poses, I can feel the weight is all on the outside of my foot, and that's where it hurts. Other times, I have to put weight on my heel, and then my heel hurts the same way. But it's difficult for me to really properly localize the pain. It hurts enough that I have to stop exercising for a few minutes when it happens, which is a bummer when you are trying to follow a DVD.
This has been a problem with many different shoes
. I went to my local Feet Fleet and talked to them about the problem, and they told me I needed arch support. They recommended the above New Balances.
I've been wearing them for a year and I still have foot pain. It's not as bad as it was with some other shoes, but it's getting more severe as the shoes get older. I do moderate (35-60 minutes) exercise every day. I've been on a Brazil Butt Lift
kick for about a year and I love the workouts, but the foot pain stops me from fully participating. This was also a problem with the 30-day Shred
and with different shoes for both DVDs.
I have tried wearing Dr. Scholl's inserts
and they don't help much at all. Sometimes they seem to make it worse.
Socks with arch supports
definitely help - in fact, they're a necessity. Without them, even squats and things where I put weight on both feet are painful.
This can't be right - can it? What is my problem, and what shoes will enable me to exercise pain-free?