Plantar fasciitis is a real nuisance, and it’s also incredibly common. Luckily, plenty of shoe manufacturers design their footwear with this foot condition in mind. Knowing this, Feet First Clinic created a list of the best shoes for plantar fasciitis!
Before we dive into our list of supportive shoes, let’s get the basics out the way and explain what type of footwear people with plantar fasciitis need.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of fibrous tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes.
The most common symptom is heel pain. Specifically, it may present as a “stabbing” feeling that can worsen in the morning and ease up as the day continues. Arch pain can also be a symptom of plantar fasciitis.
Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
People with plantar fasciitis generally need a stability shoe. These running and walking shoes help support the arch of the foot and control overpronation (when the feet roll excessively inward). Stability shoes are also more rigid than neutral ones since they control excessive motion.
Furthermore, arch support is the most important thing to look for when you have plantar fasciitis. The foot’s arch is located in the centre of the plantar fascia tendon, so it’s the most vulnerable to inflammation, which exacerbates foot pain and heel pain. Overpronation can also aggravate plantar fasciitis since weight constantly shifts from the heels to the toes.
4 Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
- ASICS Gel-Kayano
- Saucony Omni
- ASICS Gel-Nimbus
- APEX X-Last Walking Shoe
Known for being one of the best stability shoes from ASICS, the Gel-Kayano has the most stability and cushioning from their series of running shoes.
The Gel-Kayano is the right choice for people who experience moderate or severe overpronation and need maximum cushioning and arch support. It accomplishes this with its TRUSSTIC™ and DYNAMIC DUOMAX® technologies: The TRUSSTIC technology involves a resin structure (a medial post) in the midsole of the shoe that prevents the excessive twisting motion associated with overpronation. The DYNAMIC DUOMAX technology involves a firm sponge in the midsole that helps control and offset the inward rolling of the heel and foot. This ultra-soft cushioning is thanks to ASICS classic GEL® technology, which also helps with shock absorption. Furthermore, the external heel counter cradles the foot and adds extra support to the heel, helping manage the heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis.
The Omni from Saucony also provides great plantar fasciitis support. Despite being a rigid stability shoe, it also offers a good amount of bounce, letting runners propel forward. This is thanks to the springy PWRRUN cushioning technology.
The redesigned internal heel counter and extended medial post support are responsible for plantar fasciitis management. The heel counter guides your steps and helps promote a normal gait while managing overpronation. Furthermore, the medial post support adjusts to the body’s natural alignment with added control.
However, this neutral shoe from ASICS has some characteristics that often come with stability shoes, such as a specially engineered external heel counter and ASICS’ TRUSSTIC technology. The Gel-Nimbus features cushioning in the back and front with additional support towards the inside of the arch. The FLYTEFOAM™ midsole cushioning also helps absorb shock with every step. The newest version of the Nimbus is also ten times more lightweight than its predecessors without losing its stability and structure.
APEX X-Last Walking Shoe
The X-Last Walking Shoe from APEX is a motion control shoe, also known as an enhanced version of a stability shoe. They are meant to support weight, accommodate flat feet and manage extreme overpronation. They are more rigid than stability shoes, and provide excellent support for the feet and ankles. While motion control shoes are sometimes on the heavy side, the APEX X-Last Walking Shoe is light as a feather (in fact, it’s lighter than most running shoes!)
This shoe’s heel cup, arch support, and pronation control features make it an excellent choice for people with plantar fasciitis. Specifically, the APEX X-Last Walking shoe includes a moulded external heel counter that extends from the heel to the arch.