Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
In order to understand why it’s very important to wear the correct footwear when you suffer from plantar fasciitis it’s best to know what exactly it is. There is a broad band of connective tissue (similar to a tendon or ligament) that goes from your heel bone and attaches to each of the toes and forms a fan shaped structure. This band forms an important role in the walking motion as well as the mechanics of the foot and lower limb. It is now thought that it is likely a degenerative condition and not an inflammatory one as previously thought.
There are a few factors which could contribute to you developing heel pain, such as:
- Spending day after day on your feet (weight bearing occupation).
- Flat feet
- High arched feet
- Tight calf muscles
As this can be an overuse syndrome, by increasing your training intensity or volume too quickly, this could also be a risk factor.
You should always book an appointment with your Podiatrist if your symptoms have not improved after a short period of stretching. It is vitally important to get an accurate diagnosis of your condition before undertaking any further treatment as there are many differential diagnoses that are treated in a different manner.
Strengthening your foot muscles has been known to help with heel pain as studies show that there is a correlation between the two. A quick daily foot exercise is advised as well as eccentric loading exercises. Bruce from Podiatry Shetland will often strap his patients who suffer with plantar fasciitis as it is a very good method to initially reduce their pain levels to proceed with his treatment plan. Orthotics are generally very helpful in treating heel pain and if the conservative measure fail then steroids may be considered.
Can footwear help?
When you are suffering from plantar fasciitis you should avoid walking barefoot and should always try to wear supportive and well cushioned shoes. You need footwear that offers you great arch support as well as shock absorption and cushioning. Lightweight and comfortable footwear will make each step a more comfortable one and shoes which have removable insoles will allow you to use your own orthotics if necessary.
Correct Footwear choices for Plantar Fasciitis = Happy Feet
We have selected 2 of our favourite styles for each collection of shoes below, but have many more options on our website
Best Boots for Plantar Fasciitis
Boot season is well and truly upon us and this season we have a huge variety of styles. If you are looking for boots for plantar fasciitis, we recommend avoiding anything heavy. Lightweight boots from Legero, IMAC and ECCO will feel like you are walking on air, and the PU soles are extremely hard-wearing.
Work Shoes for Heel Pain
If you work in a job spending long hours on your feet, then it is vital to invest in a good pair of comfy work shoes. We have a wide range of comfortable work shoes, including lace-up options and slip on styles. A hard wearing PU sole unit is worth every penny as polyurethane is shock absorbent, helping to protect your feet from impact.
Best Trainers for Plantar Fasciitis
Whether you are running errands or running races, it is wise to invest in a quality pair of trainers. Direct injection polyurethane sole units absorb shock with each step, helping to protect your feet from repeated impact. This is especially important for running, Zumba and exercise classes. Try one of our styles and feel the difference immediately.