A common problem that many people experience is pain along the outside edge of the foot, especially after long periods of standing or walking. The good news is? This is easy to fix!
What Causes Pain on the Outside of the Foot?
In a best-case scenario, the pressure that you put on your feet while standing or walking is distributed evenly across the entire foot, front-to-back and inside-to-outside. This ensures that no single part of your foot bears the majority of this pressure and weight, and therefore that no single part of your foot becomes sore, tired, or fatigued faster than the rest. Normally, pressure is distributed evenly front-to-back and side-to-side
Pain in a single part of the foot tells us that that part of the foot is bearing the brunt of your weight and/or the brunt of the impact shock that your feet experience with each step you take. In other words, the pressure on your foot is not evenly distributed, and in this case the outside of your foot is bearing most of the pressure, making it sore.Uneven distribution of pressure towards the outside of the foot can cause pain, soreness, and fatigue
You might find that when you stand or walk, you're putting the majority of your weight on the outside of your feet. This could be either because you're standing on the outside edges of your feet, because your feet roll outwards slightly when you walk, or because your knees are bowed outwards slightly.
How Do I Prevent Pain on the Outside of My Feet?
To alleviate pain on the outside of your feet, we need to ensure that pressure from standing or walking is distributed evenly across the entire foot, not primarily the outside edge.
For Those Without Bowed Knees
If you don't have bowed knees, you do not need a corrective insert for your shoes that would "prop up" the outside edge of your feet. Doing this would push your knees inwards, shifting the pain from your feet to your knees and hips, which is not what we want.
Instead, you'll need an arch support that will sit under your feet and provide a platform that will help better distribute pressure and shock across your entire foot.
For those with mild to moderate pain, we recommend a semi-rigid (semi-flexible) orthotic arch support with good cushioning. This will provide the best combination of support, pressure relief, and flexibility to alleviate pain for your feet.
Our top recommendations for mild to moderate pain along the outside of your foot:
- Powerstep Pinnacle Orthotic Insoles
- Spenco Total Support Original Insoles
- Prothotics Semi-Flex Full-Length Insoles
For those with severe pain, we recommend a rigid orthotic arch support with a good amount of cushioning. This will provide the most support and pressure relief for your feet.
Our top recommendations for severe pain along the outside of your foot:
- Powerstep Pinnacle Maxx Orthotic Insoles
- Spenco Total Support Max Insoles
- Superfeet Everyday Pain Relief Insoles
For Those With Bowed Knees
Bow-knees are common and are definitely not something to be ashamed about. However, bowed knees can create pain for your feet by pushing your weight to the outside of your feet. Rather than fixing this with an orthotic arch support, are first step should instead be to align your knees, which will naturally distribute pressure better across your entire foot.
To achieve this, we recommend the Pedag Correct Plus Insoles. These insoles are designed with their raised edge under the outside of your foot. This will push the outsides of your feet up slightly, which will in turn push your knees inwards, aligning your lower body. By ensuring that your lower body is aligned, you'll achieve better weight distribution across your feet and take additional pressure off of your knees and hips.
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