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Everyone recommends never going barefoot if you have PF. However, I find that the only time I am pain-free, or nearly so, is going barefoot. Any kind of shoe makes the pain worse. When I do wear shoes, the recommended type (elevated heel, lots of arch support) are much more painful than the "bad" type (flat, thin soles, little or no arch support and cushioning). Has anyone else had this experience? Would I be damaging my foot more in the long run by going barefoot or wearing very minimal shoes as much as possible, even though it feels better for now? Can the "recommended" shoes actually be good for me if they cause more pain?

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I am so scared to go barefoot.  I was a gymnast when i was younger, and I never had shoes on.  I recently got PF from playing tennis too much.  This is the one sport that my and my husband love to play together.  It is our hobby.  I feel like I have lost the one thing I love.  I got some inserts at Wal-Mart that said for PF.  They seem to help a little.  I really want to get  back on the courts.  Do you have any suggestions?  Please help.  I am miserable.  Should I try going barefoot around the house during the day?  I have read every article i can on how to get rid of this PF....some are contradictory,

Hello, I find it very uncomfortable to walk around with no shoes on. But like you I found the pain unbearable in normal shoes. The only shoes I can wear for long periods of time are fitflops. This includes shoes, sandals and boots. They're the only thing that works for me. They're like walking on a cushion but with support.

Just realised how old the original thread is...hopefully you'll be in a different place now :-)

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