Q. What's a rocker sole shoe?
A. A rocker sole shoe (also known as a rocker bottom shoe) is a type of shoe that has a thicker than normal sole with a rounded heel.
Why does it matter?
There are two types of rocker soles, both of which help to provide substantial pain relief for a variety of foot problems when paired with an elevated heel:
- A forefoot rocker sole is located just behind the metatarsal heads and is very effective at reducing pressure under the ball of the foot and reducing motion in the toe joints, making it a great solution for arthritis in the big toe and pain in the ball of the foot.
- A shoe with a heel to toe rocker sole has its thickest point farther back. This type of sole limits ankle and midfoot motion, which makes it a good option for people with ankle arthritis or midfoot arthritis. A heel to toe rocker sole can also help reduce the force on the heel when it strikes the ground, as it enables the foot to roll faster off the heel. It's important to look for toe rockers that curve up, especially in running shoes, which will help prevent the plantar fascia from overstretching.