My foot issues have been well-documented on my blog. In the Fall of 2013, I started to get heel pain in my left foot. After a series of self-treatments which you can read about here, it was finally diagnosed by my podiatrist as plantar fasciitis. He had said that I will always have this condition & that depending on my lifestyle (i.e. running a 10k, jogging without stretching before & after, etc.) that I will continue to have flare-ups. He also recommended that I buy orthotic friendly shoes.
There are certain things that I can do to minimize the pain that I get from the plantar fasciitis, although the fact that I have two tiny bone spurs makes it a challenge. There is the stretching & rolling of my calf muscle that I can do. I can also use KT Tape before I run. The most important thing that I can do is to use really good orthotic friendly. Now when my podiatrist used the phrase orthopedic shoes, I almost fell out of my chair. The visual that I get with that phrase is thick white soled shoes usually worn by people of a different generation than myself.
In my quest to find fashionable & orthotic friendly shoes, I came across Diabetic Shoes HuB! Diabetic Shoes HuB is based out of Scottsdale, AZ. It is a family run eCommerce store that focuses on serving everyone across the United States. After browsing the Diabetic Shoes HuB website, I decided to get a black croc loafers made by Apex, a division of Aetrex Shoes.
These loafers have added orthopedic features, such as a roomy toe box with a removable insole & footbed spacer so that you can slip in your prescribed orthotics. I use special insoles for my running shoes & also have another pair for regular shoes. The Apex Evelyn loafers are constructed with a firm heel counter for standing & walking support, which is what I desperately need with my plantar fasciitis condition.
I recently wore these babies on an outing to the store. Shoe selfie time!
I have to say that my perception of orthotic friendly (aka orthopedic) shoes has changed. The shoes offered through Diabetic Shoes HuB come in various styles & price points.
The idea for Diabetic Shoes HuB came about when Daniel Peng & his brother would take their grandmother to the podiatrist for orthopedic shoes. They realized that the podiatrist didn’t have a large selection & that also the orthopedic shoe industry is more specialized. It was at that time that the idea of the Diabetic Shoes HuB was born.
If you’d like further information on how to order your own pair of shoes, check out their website or follow them on Facebook to get the latest updates!
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. I received a complimentary product sample which helped facilitate this review. All images are my own unless otherwise noted. As always, my opinions are 100% my own.
I suffered from heel pains for almost 30 years. I’ve seen countless doctors and treatments, even Shockwave Therapy. I don’t have plantar fasciitis. No one could really diagnose my condition. It’s very hard for me to find shoes, too.
Maybe give Diabetic Shoes HuB online site a try the next time you need shoes. Thanks for checking out my post!