Baxter’s Nerve Entrapment
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Baxter’s Nerve Entrapment is a less known but common cause of heel pain that results in numbness on the sole of the foot and pain in the heel that worsens with activity. Physical Therapy, insoles and shoes play an essential role in rehabilitating this condition. This article will provide recommendations on shoes we have found beneficial for our patients suffering from a Baxter’s Nerve Entrapment.
James McCormack is a Physical Therapist who specialises in knee, foot & ankle injuries. www.james-mccormack.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Earnings from this are used to create free-to-read content.
The best shoes for Baxter’s Nerve Entrapment are cushioned with a neutral sole and a low drop heel. The low heel drop refers to the difference in the height of a shoe from the back to the front; a low drop can place less pressure on the muscles that can impinge the Baxter’s Nerve. The cushioned aspect of the trainer reduces the force and impact through the heel that can irritate a Baxter’s Nerve Entrapment, while a neutral trainer has a flat sole, reducing the risk of impingement on the nerve.
We recommend the Hoka Clifton 8 Shoes for Baxter’s Nerve Entrapment due to their responsive cushioning, wide toe box and low drop.
The responsive cushioning absorbs impact when walking or running, while the wide-fit shoe prevents compression of the heel and forefoot.
The low drop reduces tension on the sole, while the neutral bed reduces the risk of nerve compression.
We recommend the Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 due to its lightweight technology, neutral shoe bed, 8mm heel drop and mesh upper body.
While the Hoka works well for running and walking, we feel the Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 works best as a running trainer if you have a Baxter’s Nerve Entrapment.
The low heel drop and speed roll technology enable a smooth transition from heel strike to push-off, reducing the tension placed on the muscles under the foot that can pinch the Baxter’s Nerve.
The mesh upper surface prevents compression, and we like that there are some recycled materials in the product.