Plantar fasciitis means a muscle the length of your foot is not being stretched enough in your shoes during the day due to faulty shoe sole design - that is faulty for your specific needs. Consequently, when you sleep at night, that muscle, since it's being stretched too little during the day, constricts even more and causes pain when you get up and start walking. I hope I described that right. I have that too.
A very good study pair of orthotics is wonderful. Orthotics can vary and can be very expensive and insurance may not cover it. But there is no substitute for a good pair of orthotics. I suggest a full length version. My orthotics are made with cork (on the bottom). The top is leather with a hard rubber-like material underneath on the arch. They cost me $275 or so about 6 yrs or more years ago. Were suppose to last about 2 yrs, but they are still doing the job today. Nothing takes the place of a good pair of orthotics. I bought mine from an orthotics specialist who provided his service through an orthopedic surgeon.
Saw the orthopedic surgeon first and was diagnosed with my condition. He suggested surgery on the muscle (don't think so), but said orthotics were another option (I should hope so). Had seen a few podiatrists first. Even had a treatment on one foot for the pain in my foot. How barbaric. Gave me a shot with a huge needle in the bottom of the foot. Was supposed to take away the pain. It made it worse. The orthotics the podiatrists hawked were pretty much the same - looked flimsy and cheap - just like odor eater shoe inserts costing as much as the sturdy orthotics I bought.
To make a long story short, yes a good pair of orthotics is well worth the investment especially for standing long periods of time. I can do without the orthotics and not have plantar fasciitis pain, but I always use the orthotics for heavy walking and standing or else my feet, ankles, and back become fatigued. So to answer your question, whatever shoe is appropriate with your uniform is fine as long as it has shoe laces and provides good ankle support (allows little ankle movement) and you can put a pair of orthotics in them. Orthotics don't fit in some sneakers, when the soles aren't removable because sneaker soles are so thick. In hard soled shoes that shouldn't be a problem. Call a few orthopedic surgeon offices and find out if they fit for orthotics or have an orthotics specialist there. If yes to both questions, ask for the phone number of the orthotics salesman. Ask if you must see the orthopedic surgeon in order to see the othotics salesman. Find out if his brand of orthotics have a cork base. Cork is very hard and study, yet light weight. Or look in the phone book for orthotics sales.
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