Shoe Shopping with Plantar Fasciitis

Shoe Shopping with Plantar Fasciitis
Patricia Yao

Are you struggling with the pain of plantar fasciitis? We know that it can be tough to find the right shoes that are both fashionable and functional, but it doesn't have to be!

First of all, what is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that causes pain in the heel and sole of the foot. It is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. We see this condition often in runners and those who spend long hours on their feet. One important way to prevent plantar fasciitis and relieve the pain is to wear shoes that provide proper support and fit appropriately. Let's discuss what features to look for in shoes to help relieve pain from plantar fasciitis. 

Arch Support

trust us when we say that good arch support is essential for keeping your feet pain-free. Shoes with good arch support can help distribute your weight evenly across your foot, reducing stress on the plantar fascia. Look for shoes with contoured footbeds or removable insoles that can be replaced for extra support.

Cushioning

Shoes that have good cushioning can help to absorb shock when your feet hit the ground. This reduces the impact on the plantar fascia and can help to relieve pain. Look for shoes with a thick, padded sole that offers good shock absorption.

Heel Support

Let's face it, we love our heels, but they're not always the most supportive shoes for our feet. Shoes with a deep heel cup that holds your heel in place can provide extra support and help reduce the strain on the plantar fascia. Don't want to give up your heels? Look for shoes with ankle straps or heel cups to keep your heel stable and prevent it from slipping out of the shoe. You can also opt for a lower heel for more stability or even a wedge.

Flexibility

We know you're always on the go, so you need shoes that can keep up with your busy lifestyle. Shoes that are lightweight and flexible can help reduce the strain on your feet and prevent further damage to the plantar fascia. Look for shoes with a flexible sole that allows your foot to move naturally and easily.

Roomy Toe Box

You may not think much about the toe box, but it's actually an important feature to consider when choosing shoes for plantar fasciitis. Shoes with a roomy toe box can help reduce pressure on the plantar fascia and prevent the toes from being cramped together. Look for shoes with a wide toe box that allows your toes to move freely and comfortably.

Finding the right shoes for plantar fasciitis may take some trial and error, but by looking for these key features, you'll be on your way to pain-free feet in no time!

Check out some of our Favorite Styles for Plantar Fasciitis

Hoka Bondi 8: We love a chunky sneaker and it doesn't get any better than the Bondi 8.

 

Aetrex Lexa: Wedges are a perfect way to get a little extra height while still keeping in mind stability and support.

SAS Embark: Whether you're going for a hike or just stepping out for some gardening, these are the perfect, full coverage sandal. 

Birkenstock Arizona: One of the oldest orthotic brands, Birkenstock is known for their cork footbed which molds to your feet and creates a custom fit.

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