Drs. Walimire and Hilbert typically recommend a stiff soled shoe for most walking and exercise activity, especially if one is having pain or discomfort. Although not super stiff, Hoka shoes have a rocking mechanism built into the sole to propel one forward more efficiently, which reduces stress and strain on the plantar fascia, the ball of the foot, and the midfoot joints. They also provide very good cushioning for people who need to stand on their feet on hard floors for long periods of time. Alegria has a similar design for women’s sandals and shoes, so these are a better option for women who prefer sandals to shoes. New Balance also offers a version of this type of shoe called Fresh Foam, but there are many varieties of it and getting the correct one may turn out to be difficult. Nevertheless, this company produces a very high quality product and offer a wide variety of the stiffer stability shoes. Samuel Hubbard is a company which also offers very high quality products. Dr. Walimire typically recommends these for men’s dress shoes as they fit very comfortably like a sneaker. Altra shoes are great for patients who have the need for a wider toe box in their shoe, and they offer a variety of athletic, hiking, and casual shoes.

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