Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain

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).
  • Overweight
  • 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.

Those suffering with plantar fasciitis will often experience pain underneath the foot and heel especially first thing in the morning or after sitting for a period of time. On occasion this may improve after a few minutes of walking but after prolonged periods of standing, walking and/or running the pain will return.
Applying an ice pack at the end of your day can work well as a pain reliever and pain control if you have any inflammation especially after a long day on your feet. Wearing the correct footwear is an essential part in reducing your aches & pains when you spend long hours on your feet, as the incorrect shoes may exacerbate the problem.

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. 

Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain

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

Womens Boots

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.

IMAC Kiaring Tex 95 £85

Legero Tanaro Boot Gtx £125

Work Shoes for Heel Pain

Womens Work Shoes

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.

Padders Skye 2 E-2E Fit £69.95

IMAC Persia £59.99

Best Trainers for Plantar Fasciitis

Womens Trainers

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.

ECCO Exostride Gore £130

Legero Tanaro Stitch £75

Best Pumps for Plantar Fasciitis

Womens Pumps

Pumps can be both casual and smart, making a very versatile style. Avoid anything completely flat, and opt for pumps that have heel support. Check the flexibility of the shoes too as this can greatly improve your comfort.

IMAC Penny Fur £64

IMAC Penny Plain £55

Best Walking Shoes

Womens Walking Shoes

When you are exploring, you don’t want your feet to feel dragged down. Look for walking shoes that are lightweight and flexible, and a direct-injection PU sole unit is the best performing sole construction for Plantar Fasciitis.

Hotter Mist Gtx 95 E Fit £95

IMAC Runner £62

Recommended Footwear Brands for Plantar Fasciitis

Ecco Shoes
Legero Shoes
Hotter Shoes
IMAC Shoes
Padders Shoes

This article was written by Bruce from Podiatry Shetland / Footcare Scotland.