Best shoes for plantar fasciitis

Recommended Shoe Brands for Plantar Fasciitis

Nikki Munro, our Inverness Shoe Shop manager, is not only an experienced store manager but also a professionally trained shoe fitter by the Society of Shoe Fitters.  In this blog, Nikki introduces us to what Plantar Fasciitis is before introducing us to the best brands.

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What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Usually, nobody has heard of this until they have experienced it or knows someone who has. When you work in a specialised shoe shop, it is one of the most common foot problems that customers talk about and most of them are desperate to find a solution for this issue because it is so painful. Plantar Fasciitis seems to be such a popular issue right now that we thought some more information on what it is and how to help alleviate the symptoms would be beneficial. Yes, we are sales advisors/ managers in a shoe shop (we know we are not podiatrists) however, we have additional qualifications from The Society of Shoe Fitters as well as experience in trying to find shoes which will be the most beneficial to our customers.

What is the best treatment for Plantar Fasciitis?

To be honest, the best thing is actually if you can try to prevent it ever happening in the first place. In this blog, we will try to explain what Plantar Fasciitis is and how your choice of shoes can affect it.

The Plantar Fascia is the main ligament (or fascia) covering the base of your foot. There are 26 bones in each foot, as well as additional ligaments and tendons which all work together to keep our feet working as nature intended. These structures take a huge amount of strain during walking/exercising. When the Plantar Fascia becomes inflamed or damaged, this causes excruciating pain around the heel area, where the fascia inserts onto the heel bone. This pain is usually the most intense first thing in the morning when you take those first few steps out of bed.

What is the cause of plantar Fasciitis?

  • Over pronating during walking

  • Unstable/ weak ankles and foot structures

  • Sudden change in physical activities, such as jogging or running

  • Poor arch support

  • Weight increase

  • Tight calf muscles

Of course, when we say that prevention is best when it comes to Plantar Fasciitis, we are talking about ensuring that you are wearing the correct footwear… well, we are a shoe shop after all! You can’t go wrong with a good, comfy pair of ECCO shoes, and IMAC shoes, and maybe some Skechers shoes too – Ok this is where my problem is, I end up with a pair of comfy shoes from every brand in just about every style.

Anyway, back to the shoes and how they affect Plantar Fasciitis symptoms.

What are the best shoes for Plantar Fasciitis?

When it comes to choosing the right footwear for your individual case of Plantar Fasciitis, there are a few important points to consider. Look for shoes that have:

  • Cushioned footbeds
  • Shock absorbing heels and sole units, preferably with a broad base shape
  • Decent level of arch support
  • Lace-up fastenings provide the best level of support.

Which are the best brands for Plantar Fasciitis?

We get asked this all the time, and to be honest with you there isn’t one brand that is sold purely for Plantar Fasciitis. However, we do stock many different brands of shoes which offer the right type of shoes you should wear. We have put together a list of our customer’s favourite choices when it comes to buying shoes to alleviate the symptoms, please find this list below.

 

ECCO for plantar fasciitis

Ecco Shoes have removable footbeds in most styles which allows you to use your own orthotics. Built-in arch and heel reinforcements provide superior support and comfort with the optimum fit. The lightweight, durable construction has PU outer soles which will absorb impact with each step.

ECCO Biom Fjuel Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

1. ECCO BIOM FJUEL

 

ECCO Omni Vent Gore Walking Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

2. ECCO OMNI VENT GORE

ECCO Terracruise Trainers for Plantar Fasciitis

3. ECCO tERRACRUISE 01

Rieker for  plantar fasciitis

Rieker shoes feature Antistress technology for fantastic comfort. Certain styles feature removable footbeds for individual orthotics or additional supports. Soft, flexible and lightweight designs are built on stitch construction sole units, one of the oldest and most popular methods of shoe-making.

Rieker L3230-14 Navy Trainers for Plantar Fasciitis

4. Rieker MEMOZI

Rieker 43753-33 Comfort Slip on Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

5. Rieker MIRCIRCLE

Rieker 537N8-80 White Slip on Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

6. Rieker BOCCIELA

Legero Shoes

Most Legero Shoes feature removable insoles, offering extra width or room for additional orthotics. The footbeds are anatomically shaped for firm support and comfort. The direct injection polyurethane sole units are lightweight, flexible, shock-absorbent AND extremely hard-wearing.

Legero Lima Kelli Trainers for Plantar Fasciitis

7. Legero lIMA kELLI

Legero Essence Sneakers for Plantar Fasciitis

8. Legero eSSENCE

Legero Tanaro Zip Comfort Lacing Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

9. Legero tANARO Zip

Skechers for plantar fasciitis

Skechers trainers feature super soft cushioned footbeds for the ultimate comfort from the very first moment. Soft, expandable fabric uppers will mould around your foot to give you a unique experience. The extremely lightweight designs are shock-absorbent thanks to the EVA sole units.

Skechers First Insight Trainers for Plantar Fasciitis

10. Skechers First Insight

Skechers Ultra Flex Hot Pink Sneakers

11. Skechers Ultra Flex

Skechers Go Walk 5 Plantar Fasciitis

12. Skechers Go Walk 5 Mesh

IMAC

IMAC Shoes are made from premium Italian leather and their shock-absorbing polyurethane outer sole units. The lightweight and flexible designs are extremely hard-wearing. There are supportive and cushioned footbeds for incredible comfort underfoot.

IMAC Katia Black Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

13. IMAC Katia

IMAC Runner Walking Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

14. IMAC Runner

IMAC Pennyflow Pumps for Plantar Fasciitis

15. IMAC Pennyflow

Padders

Padders Shoes are known for their wide fit shoes (E, EE, EEE and EEEE for women’s shoes) which offer a more comfortable fit for those who require the width. Removable insoles in most shoes provide additional room for orthotics and Padders shoes have built-in arch support.

Padders Skye

16. Padders Skye 2 E-EE Fit

 

Padders Harmon Ee

17. Padders Harmony 2E-3E Fit

 

Padders Piano Ee

18. Padders Piano 2E-3E Fit

 

So, if you are suffering from this dreaded problem of Plantar Fasciitis and would like some really comfortable shoes (or just anytime you would like new shoes!) pop into one of our stores where our Society of Shoefitter trained members will help find you a pair… or 2 pairs… or more!

This article was written by Nikki Munro our Inverness Shoe Shop manager.

Sources:

  1. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/plantar-fasciitis/
  2. https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/understanding-plantar-fasciitis-basics
  3. https://www.healthline.com/health/plantar-fasciitis
  4. https://www.shoefitters-uk.org/