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Old 10-13-2011, 09:54 AM   #1
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My Feet Are Killing Me! I Need A Good Shoe For Concrete Floors

Hey all, a little background….

I'm a maintenance supervisor at a manufacturing company with concrete floors. I've been wearing New Balance 575/576 walking shoes for the past… probably 15 years. I buy in bulk when I see them on sale and they have been fine until recently.

Since the month of May my feet and legs have been killing me. I've tried different shoes, sneakers and boots and there's no relief. I've had blood work, X-rays, a MRI, an EMG, saw a podiatrist, 2 orthopedists, and my general practitioner and there's no cause that they can find.

I might have Fibromyalgia… which is a disease of omission, and I'm currently taking Lyrica and I'm doing better, but not great.

What shoe works for you on concrete floors? My latest was Red Wing 607's, but they are going back for an exchange/refund. I prefer a oxford type shoe. work boots are just too big and bulky. I do a lot of walking. I very rarely stand in one place.

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magnum work boot's, also you need to get a good insert for the boot, ( good feet store ) i had the same issue with my feet, standing walking for 12 hours a day,, magnum boots plus a trip to the good feet store, no more problems.

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Now don't laugh!!! Have u looked into the crocks? I have a pair that look like loafers. They are canvas and the most comfortable pair of shoes I have ever had. They now have an even dressier looking pair that I will have next!(:
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I've been wearing Merrell's for better than a decade. And I walk a lot for work. Wear great, comfortable, and can't say enough good things....

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I have a pair of Merrell hiking shoes and it's like you're walking on air.

I have the same problem at work though, in an auto shop and on my feet 60 hours a week. I put work boots through hell, oil and fluids, abrasions, burns, lots of movement/crouching and flexing, etc. I go through pairs about twice a year. If anything is even *slightly* not to my liking about a pair, it's amplified by a thousand in the amount of time I spend in them. I have to put comfort first. Which is always hard to judge when I try them on for 2 minutes in a store.

I always avoid steel toe (OSHA can go F themselves). And got good at jumping out of the way when I drop stuff.

So far I've had good luck with Chippewa boots. They're a little heavy though and at then end of the day I definitely feel it. Someone at work showed me a pair of hunting boots from Cabela's, that were lighter than a pair of slippers. Not sure how they'd physically hold up in the shop, but I might give it a try.
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I'm a mechanic as well so I know about about being on the concrete floor all hours of the day. The boots I swear by are Redback Boots. They are a little pricey but I get mine through a tool dist. I always add a good insert then Im good to go. I have the same style pair for at work and for when Im off. Mine have lasted me a good 2-3 years now.

These are what I wear, with safety toes.


But the also make a few different oxford type shoes.
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When I was wrenching I had the same problem. The best pair of shoes I found were some of the Snap On work shoes. They were hell to break in, but once they were my feet never felt better. The only problem with them was that they tended to leave crud in customers' cars more than other shoes so I never got another pair after I wore out the first ones.

Once I wasn't wearing my Snap Ons any more I started using a Dr. Scholls gel insert and it made a huge difference.

Have you been to a shoe store to be fitted? They can measure your feet and find where the pressure points are then recommend a shoe that will best fit you. My wife did that with her running shoes and was very surprised at how well they were able to tell what she needed.
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Old 10-13-2011, 04:51 PM   #8
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My sister has fibro so I feel ya if you do.

but I think it sounds like he wants a shoe, not a boot if I read correctly?

I wear brooks and they make a great running shoe, but it will support you well if not running.

now no matter your shoe choice, look into these options:

Work on your ankle/lower leg strength. 5 minutes a day can help you feel a ton better. do calf raises and some stretching with your ankles (push pulls) and it will help a ton.

take some ibuprofen to put the swelling down until whatever damage you have heals up.

if the pain is in the joint, then look into some supplementation for joints such as cherry juice, glucosamine, MSM, fish oil, cissus, or many more. personally cissus is kinda like a miracle drug for me, its cheap, but kinda nasty to take if you buy it in a powder. if you need any info on anything just PM me. everything you can prob find at walmart except the cissus.
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I had the same problem. I was also bit by a Lyme tick so I assumed this was something I'd have to deal with for the rest of my life... But I met a new doctor at my regular doctors office and she immediately had me go to a spine specialist. That was it! I had two herniated discs and one bulging. Too many ski jumps anyway my life has been amazing since I had cortisone injections - my feet don't feel like they are falling asleep anymore. My nerves were being pressed in my lower back. Very hard to diagnose-- but worth it to ask ) no more pain! More Jeep trails for me ) a spine doctor will also recommend the correct shoes or inserts.
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I had the same problem. I was also bit by a Lyme tick so I assumed this was something I'd have to deal with for the rest of my life... But I met a new doctor at my regular doctors office and she immediately had me go to a spine specialist. That was it! I had two herniated discs and one bulging. Too many ski jumps anyway my life has been amazing since I had cortisone injections - my feet don't feel like they are falling asleep anymore. My nerves were being pressed in my lower back. Very hard to diagnose-- but worth it to ask ) no more pain! More Jeep trails for me ) a spine doctor will also recommend the correct shoes or inserts.
They are nice aren't they. I might be getting injections for my back soon, because oral prednisone didn't help much. hahaha. but screwed up discs are no fun.
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Some good suggestions.

I do have herniated disks L4 and L5 and they caused me a lot of trouble awhile back. I had another MRI and the orthopedist I saw was a spine surgeon, he didn't think that was the problem after an EMG.

It's kind weird… none of the doctors seem to think it's my feet, even the podiatrist, but they can't come up with any other cause.

I traded my Red Wing boots for a pair of oxfords #8618. I'll see how they hold up.
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How's the wear on your shoes? Uneven? That could speak volumes.

I've been through Magnums, Bates and now 5.11 tactical. I go through boots like crazy and wear the inside sole faster because of the way I walk. As it wears down, it causes more stress on my ankles, then my knees, then the hips.....

Someone said insoles. 100% agree. If you can swing the money, I'd suggest the Dr Schol's orthotics. I haven't developed the nads to pony up that much cash yet, so I get a highly supported, preferrably gel, insole and change them out regularly.

If you don't need a uniform boot or anything safety, I'd also check the area for an athletic shoe store that does a gait analysis. I went to Track Shack in Orlando for a pair of running shoes. He watched me walk and picked out a few pair that matched what my feet said I needed, not what my head said I wanted. World of difference.
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I earn my living on my feet (plumber /radiant heat tech) before that 6 years in grounds and building maintenance I wear Red Wing boots with the Dr sholes inserts (the cheep ones) 5 years almost no back or shoulder pain.

better yet tell your boss you need to have the floors pulled up and put radiant tubes in them
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Some good suggestions.

I do have herniated disks L4 and L5 and they caused me a lot of trouble awhile back. I had another MRI and the orthopedist I saw was a spine surgeon, he didn't think that was the problem after an EMG.

It's kind weird… none of the doctors seem to think it's my feet, even the podiatrist, but they can't come up with any other cause.

I traded my Red Wing boots for a pair of oxfords #8618. I'll see how they hold up.
Bingo-- L4 and 5 Impact your legs-- lower legs. It may be a good idea to talk to a spinal doctor. I can't tell you how much better I feel with the procedure, stretching and good shoes I was in a lot of pain!
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I was gona say for them to say two herniated discs are fine, is crazy. lol
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I'm on Concrete floors 12+ hours a day and have been using Merrell's for atleast ten years, light hikers, in a high top style. Great support, not too big or bulky. If you have a spot where you spend time in one place, look at an antifatigue mat, I get mine for the restaurant at Sam's Club.
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under armour makes one of best and lightest shoes out there, puts new balance and nike to shame....
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Your shoes provide relief. Especially when new, but if you have the disc problem you should get some help.

The injections I got targeted the cells in or around the discs that have built up and won't move or heal. It's like a Pac Man game stuck. The injections break things up and provide relief. Lol-- it's also like a jelly donut. If the disc stays in one position it will remain there. The jelly wears out. So basically the shoes you choose solve the problem but only temporary-- if this truly is your issue. The lower back can pinch nerves in your feet to a point where they become numb and fatigued. Sometimes it can shoot up to the hip as well. Think about all the symptoms you feel and make a list and see if any of them match up or make sense to possibly being a lower back issue. Now I can golf, ski and enjoy my Jeep again. I have to do stretches now for the rest of my life, but they are easy and I can tell once my back gets stiff to stretch to fend it off while it heals.

For a long time I lived with pain- especially during my long commute home from work. I love to drive and love my Jeep-- I'm just thrilled I can enjoy it all again bring on the trails!

Sorry to babble!! I'm just thrilled to be feeling better again ! And enjoying my new Jeep!!
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Crocs are pretty damn comfortable.
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yep lower back injuries including herniated or ruptured discs can lead to sciatica which is pain radiating anywhere from the hip to the foot on one or both sides. because all the nerves from your lower body pass through a very narrow area and are concentrated around the spine they are very vulnerable when it comes to an issue with any part of the spine and the surrounding muscle/tissue. So even inflamationg can from the discs can cause it. your back could be swelling up while at work on the floor, causing the pain. but when your at the doc your not under the same conditions so he doesnt see the problem. a cortisone injection like sailing is talking about is a spot injected anti inflamatory steroid that can reduce swelling in the tissue and problem area. pretty much awesome stuff. Usually one injection can fix you up but you can get several over a period of time. They are fairly safe but do have some side effects.
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Golden hit the nail on the head! That's exactly what I had- but stayed awake and watched the injections into my back (3 total) on a big screen tv. It was neat. Since I was awake I could tell them exactly what my symptoms were and they 'aimed' the needles into the appropriate areas. One visit was all I needed. No side effects - just became more active and walked a lot to keep it all moving around -- to heal.
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Golden hit the nail on the head! That's exactly what I had- but stayed awake and watched the injections into my back (3 total) on a big screen tv. It was neat. Since I was awake I could tell them exactly what my symptoms were and they 'aimed' the needles into the appropriate areas. One visit was all I needed. No side effects - just became more active and walked a lot to keep it all moving around -- to heal.
Yep, side affects usually dont happen, just a possibility like any drug or surgery. depending on the area of injection you can be awake or asleep. but I suggest talking to your doctor about the possibility, to see if it helps if a chiropractor can't reset the herniated discs.
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A spine doctor would be preferable over a chiropractor - for the long-term and to heal. Discs are tricky-- not something you want to mess around with..
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Geez guy's….. read my posts. I'm not looking for a diagnosis. I'm just looking for comfortable work shoes.

Although, I'm grateful for all the help, I've been to 5 doctors including a spine surgeon. While I agree that herniated disks can cause sciatica, I don't think that is the case in my situation. In fact that's the first avenue I explored. When my disks were causing me pain (10-8 years ago) I had three sets of injections. They didn't help as much as they cost. I do have insurance, but after everyone was billed and insurance paid what they paid, I ended up with over $1000 out of pocket for each session. The Vicoprofen was much more effective and cost pennies….. yeah, I had that addition and withdrawal thing I had to kick in the end, but a couple days of the shakes and I was done.

Anyway, Like I said I'm just looking for good shoes, but thanks for all the free medical advice here on the Jeep forum.
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Stop buying bulk and buy a good pair of shoes. I have used these ecco shoes for years, they are expensive but a pair will last me about a year or more. Hands down the most comfortable shoes ever.
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I just wear skate style nikes. I walk alot in them but then i guess my young age makes me less likely to fall prone to the various aches and pains.
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I already gave you shoe advice, I was just checking to see if you had explored any other options yet. You didnt give any previous information so how were we to know? Sorry. Goodluck with your feet then.
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I earn my living on my feet (plumber /radiant heat tech) before that 6 years in grounds and building maintenance I wear Red Wing boots with the Dr sholes inserts (the cheep ones) 5 years almost no back or shoulder pain.

better yet tell your boss you need to have the floors pulled up and put radiant tubes in them

x2 my husband is a concrete cutter for 10 years now and wears Red Wing as well. Never has a problem
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Obviously you need to try different shoes to see what you like. I'm also on concrete floors >12 hours most days and chose Dansko Dansko Mens footwear. Obviously, it's a look you have to be willing to wear, but they are #1 in hospitals and Restaurants.

Red Wing makes awesome shoes/boots. They used to make Vasque hiking foot gear too and have quality products.

If you are really daring you can try Earth Shoes: Kalso Earth® Shoe - The Original Wellness Shoe but I personally couldn't get over the negative heel concept.

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Have you tried Rockports? They make some pretty comfortable shoes that wear well. Also, do you stretch before you start working? I have plantar fascitis and my foot doctor told me any foot problem can be helped if you stretch regularly.

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