Choosing the Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis SymptomsPlantar fasciitis is a painful swelling of the fascia, the tissue that runs along the bottom or plantar portion of the foot. This condition is often the result of overuse and overtraining while running, exercising and jumping and is a primary cause of heel pain.

One of the most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis is a stabbing pain around the heel. This painful condition most often affects younger runners ages 19 to 30 and later, masters runners ages 41 to 60. Your odds of suffering plantar fasciitis increase dramatically if you are a runner or if you do not wear proper footwear.

Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

When shopping for footwear, look first for shoes with good arch and heel support. The shoe should be snug without fitting too tightly with a flexible sole and enough room in the toe box to wiggle your toes. Shoes are a very individual preference and will require some trial and error until you find the pair that fit right.

Start by trying on a “motion control” shoe, which limits (control) the inward rolling of your foot called overpronation. Motion control shoes can help realign your foot and correct your gait which may also correct ankle, knee, hip and lower back problems. Check the box and work with the clerk as you can’t simply tell a motion control shoe from the outside.

Now check for shoes with strong arch support. You will need to ensure that your medial arch doesn’t become flat. If your arch flattens, the resulting midfoot ligament strain will increase, leading to increased pain.

Most shoe manufacturers will list arch support and new technology or design specifically on the shoe box itself. Also, check for good heel cushioning which provide padding and support. Newer orthotic shoes have state of the art gel cushioning. This gel reduces shock during impact and normal usage such as walking or running.

Choose a shoe with removable inserts and that are “orthotic friendly” shoes, meaning the shoe has removable insoles that can be replaced for more appropriate or custom orthotics.

Avoid shoes that are cheap in quality, and shoes that are too soft or flexible as you need support and control. There is no “best” shoe for everyone, find the shoe the fits best and the one that gives you the greatest support and comfort.

If you would like to learn more about how to choose the right footwear for your feet (a SUPER important thing to consider if you want to seriously improve your condition and relieve symptoms FAST…) You’ll also learn how to banish foot pain and discomfort forever by curing your Plantar Fasciitis.

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