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I have been having a lot of pain in my left foot and a couple of months ago in desperation I got some memory foam sketchers. My foot is so much more comfortable now but I have been developing pain in my hips, its always much worse after walking and can keep me awake at night. I thought the hip pain started after a long hike but I suddenly realised this morning that the pain actually started after getting the memory foam shoes. Is this a thing?! I am only 36 and dont want to be in pain of one sort or another for the rest of my life! I have an appointment with a podiatrist but not for another month. Just wondering has anyone else experienced this!
I regularly wear sketchers go walks and know that it is the shoe of choice by lots of Brits for walking round Disney World in Florida, which means walking miles and miles every day. (source is The Dibb forum.)
Now that you have noticed this have you worn different shoes and found that you don't get the hip pain?
I got a lot of knee pain from my regular shoes and trainers last year. Switching to proper walking shoes (Salomons from the local outdoor store) has helped and I'm pain free now and can walk for much longer - an average of five miles per day!
Thanks for the replies, I only realised this morning and so havent tried with different shoes yet. I was hoping it might be related to the sketchers and nothing more serious but if its not settlng I guess I will have to see the Dr!
My partner wore his on the ward for one 12 hour shift and couldn't wear them again. They hurt his knees really badly. His next ward shift he wore regular trainers and his knees were fine. He tried again a few times and each time the same. The memory foam trainers are fantastic pillows on your feet but not much support if you need it.
It depends what is causing the pain in your left foot... it's quite common on solving one problem for the pain to move up a joint (though in this case it has missed your knee!) as the entire problem is not addressed, just the localised one. Iyswim? My ankles are bad, I strap my ankles and my knees hurt more. I strap my knees and my hips hurt more. I use my crutches and my legs are fine but my arms become the problem. And so on.
Fwiw, my sketchers are great for my feet but do make my ankles hurt if I walk in them
My mother saw a podiatrist and he said that one should look at feet and ankles from the back to see how they are aligned - see pic. If they are misaligned, new shoes or orthoses can help. It could be that memory foam shoes allow too much movement change the balance a bit.
Shoes with a lot of soft cushioning can initially feel very comfortable ( like slippers) but they often don't give the correct support. My favourite running shoes are very minimal and have virtually no cushioning and my knees and hips are so much better for it. Also a lot of women's knee or hip pain can be due to poor core strength and lack of stability in the pelvic girdle. Get that right ( exercises like Pilates or a strength and conditioning class) and the rest often follows.
You can't really absorb the landing very much, if you wear ultra cushioned)supportive shoes, then rather than the shock being lessened through your arch and foot structure it is instead absorbed by your knees /hips. Because your feet cannot feel the ground they will also hit the ground harder.
If you can try doing a short run in cushioned vs barefoot/minimal shoes - you will find that with the cushioned shoes you really feel the landings in your joints, less so with barefoot.
That's all very interesting. Sorry to hear about your rising pain beyond I did wonder if I might have to pick one or the other. Ultimately the foot pain doesn't hurt at night or keep me awake but it's a more acute pain. I'd still choose it over disturbed sleep tho! I'll get dh to assess my gait from the back and will test it all by going hiking in my old comfortable boots tomorrow. Is it normal to be getting creaky in your late thirties though?
Hi found this thread after googling .... I have had achey calves since wearing my new sketchers for work .I work in a busy kitchen in a care home so am often on my feet for 9 hrs in a row . Any one else had this problem ? . Kind of feels like I'm going to have a cramp ,more so in my right leg . Ouch !
I have joint and soft tissue problems and find skechers a nightmare. No support and if you have any pronation, they don't correct that either. My go to's for support for pronation as well as softening impact on hips and knees are Saucony Omni 15s. They're not fashionable but I can literally walk for miles in them. If I don't have enough support and not enough shock-absorption my knees and hips are really painful.
Not with Skechers but I had the same problem with a pair of fit flop type pumps from Next.
I wore them for a day walking thinking the extra supportive sole would be good and I ended up with horrible left hip pain that took nearly a month to stop even though I never wore the shoes again after that initial day. It did eventually go but it taught me to stick to less cushioned soles if I'm doing lots of walking.