Dr Foot’s Number 1 tip for reducing heel pain by Dr Brenden Brown Podiatrist

The number one tip for reducing heel pain that I give to patients every day is wearing good quality lace up running shoes. Now, I know this drives people insane, and I know it's annoying to have to do, but wearing a good quality lace up shoe is one of the things that instantly drops heel pain down in its severity.

I want you to think about your foot like it's a broken arm, for example, but it's a broken foot. If you had a broken arm, you keep your cast on all day. I want you to think about these shoes like it's a plaster cast for your foot, but it's more flexible. You wouldn't get home at the end of the day and take off your plaster cast, and nor should you get home at the end of the day and go home and take your sneakers or good-quality runners off. It just won't help you.

I'm not talking about the rest of your life. what I'm saying to people is, you need to do this just while you're in pain and until we've been able to get you better. If someone hasn't talked to you about this really, I think they should of. Telling you that you can wear flip flops or thongs, open feet, really won’t get you any better any quicker.

So, please wear your shoes.

The best things about this No.1 tip for reducing heel pain is:

  • It’s super easy to implement
  • It won’t cost you a fortune
  • It’s not something you will need to do forever
  • It makes perfect sense
There’s something special about shoes, they give you a high like nothing else.Edgardo Osorio, Aquazzura Fashion Designer


Founder of A Step Ahead Foot + Ankle Care in Sydney, and former president of the Australasian Podiatry Council, Dr Brenden Brown (A.K.A Dr Foot) is a wealth of knowledge on how to take care of your feet, including how to find the best shoes.

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* No medical treatment can guarantee 100% success. Registered medical and health professions in Australia are by law not allowed to guarantee success. This comes as a result of all human bodies reacting differently to treatments. Patients should thoroughly consider all treatment options available to them.