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Finding the right shoe can make a difference in foot pain

The shopping season has begun, and, if shoes are on your list, there are a few simple steps for buying pain-free footwear. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The shopping season has begun and, if shoes are on your list, there are a few simple steps to buying pain-free footwear.

Whether you are buying for yourself or someone else, a podiatrist at OrthoCincy says you may have a few good excuses to buy new shoes.

Just a few weeks ago, Sonda Wright saw foot specialist Dr. Matt Connolly for stress fractures. Now, to get back on her feet as a nurse, she's ready to go shoe shopping.

"I like that memory foam; you know, standing on your feet for 12 hours -- it feels pretty good," Wright said.

The problem, however, Connolly says, is that for some people, memory foam flattens over time, leaving them with little support -- and support is key.

He says look at the bottom of the shoe to determine the support; Connolly says people with flat feet, for example, are going to want a neutral shoe, which has part of the shoe filled in. That area for some is also helped by a slight heel -- but only if you have a higher arch.

What that means is there's something different for everyone. It might make a difference in how long you stand, what you do for a living and whether or not you want to be fashionable and not hurt your feet.

But Connolly says pain can also come from the top of the shoe.

"What's really happening is the laces are rubbing across that area," he said. "About 80 percent of people have pain at the top of the shoe."

If you want the ultimate dress shoe, Connolly said several podiatrists have become designers. Those shoes do feel good, he says, but they range in price from $60-650. Click here to learn more.

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