What could be causing pain in the arch of my foot?
Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of arch pain but it could also occur if you have injured the muscles, bones, ligaments or tendons that form the arch of your foot or due to weight gain, aging, overuse, neurological conditions or physical stress. A flat, low or high arch can cause overpronation or a change in the way you walk, which can also cause arch pain over time. If you experience frequent arch pain or pain that is not relieved by home remedies such as a ZenToes arch support sleeve, you should talk to your doctor.
Which type of arch support should I use to treat my pain?
Arch support comes in many different forms including orthotics, shoe inserts, socks and sleeves. Everyone’s feet are unique so trying different types of arch support is the best way to find what works for your feet. ZenToes arch support sleeves are a great choice as they are not a permanent addition to your shoe so you can use them in a different pair of shoes each day. They are also washable so you can use them over and over which makes them a great value.
Can I wear shoes with my arch support sleeves or pads?
Yes, ZenToes gel arch sleeves are designed to be worn with shoes and their open toe front makes them a great choice to wear with sandals or flip flops. They are clear in color which makes them discreet and their slim design allows them to be worn in nearly any style of men’s or women’s shoes.
What reusable/washable arch support options do you have?
ZenToes arch support sleeves are made of medical grade silicone gel that is both washable and reusable. They should be cleaned regularly based on the frequency of their use and your perspiration level. Our arch support sleeves can be hand washed with warm water and a soap that will not irritate your skin. They should be air dried completely before wearing again. If the gel becomes sticky, you can powder it with talcum or baby powder.
How long should I wear my arch support?
Your ZenToes arch support sleeve can be worn all day under your regular socks and with any type of shoes. They should be removed before showering, bathing or swimming and should be completely dry before rewearing. You should discontinue use if you experience any toe discoloration, numbness or pain. It is important to consult your physician before wearing heel sleeves to be sure they are an appropriate aid for you, especially if you have poor circulation or diabetes.
How can I prevent arch pain in the future?
It is important to avoid additional stress to your feet by running in improper footwear, wearing high heels, or walking for long periods of time without adequate cushioning and support for your feet. Your doctor may recommend strengthening and stretching exercises in physical therapy to condition your feet against future arch pain. Wearing ZenToes arch support sleeves is a good way to give your arches the daily support they need if you have flat feet or low arches that cause pain.