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Plantar Fasciitis Shoes

What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis happens when the ligaments holding the bony joints around your foot’s arch relax too much. The foot becomes slightly longer when the arch flattens more than usual. The plantar fascia tears slightly because it can’t stretch. This occurs at the heel because a lot of force is focused on a very small area. Plantar fasciitis is a stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot near the heel that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. Also it might return after long periods of standing or after rising from sitting.




Risk factors for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is more common in runners and people who are overweight. People between the ages of 30 and 60 are more likely to get plantar fasciitis. Activities that place stress on your heel and attached tissue such as long-distance running, basketball, ballistic jumping activities, ballet and aerobic dancing can cause an early onset of plantar fasciitis. Obesity could be a definite cause of plantar fasciitis because excess pounds or weight puts extra stress on your plantar fascia. Changing the way you walk to minimize plantar fasciitis pain might lead to foot, knee, hip or back problems. Don’t wear high heels because it can cause pain in the heel and attached tissue. Occupations such as factory workers, soldiers and teachers who spend most of their work hours walking or standing on hard surfaces can damage their plantar fascia.



How to choose Plantar Fasciitis shoes

Plantar fasciitis shoes vary depending on what type of activities you choose such as walking or running. If you are going to be doing something with a lot of hard impact on the heels (like running) you will want to choose a shoe with strong to very strong arch support, shock absorption and good cushioning. Good shoes for plantar fasciitis reinforce your foot arch and keep your feet in proper alignment. The best sneakers for plantar fasciitis should feel comfortable right away because a break in period is never necessary. Running shoes have extra cushioning for the forefeet while walking shoes provide special shock absorption for the heels and tennis shoes offer sturdy ankle support. The outsole should be stiff which is important if you are doing a lot of standing or walking at work. A good midsole is thick and well padded because reinforcement of the arch support is necessary to avoid aggravating the plantar fascia. The best shoes for plantar fasciitis should have a firm heel counter that is a little bit elevated. It helps reduce the load on the Achilles tendon by keeping the foot slightly flexed away from the shin. The achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone just like the plantar fascia, so anything that decreases the pressure on the achilles also minimizes chances for developing plantar fasciitis. Your shoe’s toe box must be wide enough to allow the rear and middle parts of the foot to roll over the forefoot but sturdy and inflexible enough to prevent a lot of great toe extension.





Plantar fasciitis shoes are for people with heel pain and attached tissue such as the plantar fascia and achilles tendon. Obesity, shoes with poor support and long distance running are common causes of plantar fasciitis. The best shoes for plantar fasciitis have very strong heel and arch support which keep your feet in proper alignment. The outsole is stiff and the midsole is well padded. The shoe should provide extra cushioning for the heel, arch and ankle depending upon the activity. Please leave a comment and I will respond as soon as possible. Thanks for your time.




  1. Joy_Kern

    This is excellent information Roger! I have suffered from PF for years and have spent hundreds of dollars on so called cures. I only remain pain free when I keep good shoes. Thanks for sharing this information.

    • Roger

      Hi Joy,
      I am happy that you feel the article provided excellent information for you. Good shoes for plantar fasciitis should provide extra cushioning for the heel and attached tissue. The shoe should feel very comfortable.


  2. William Fenerson

    Your article has answered so many questions for me. About five years ago, I was suffering from the condition, although I had no idea what it was. I remember getting up in the morning and my heels would hurt so bad, but I never thought much about it because after I started walking around, the pain would go away. I never went to a doctor for it and the condition lasted about a year, then went away. I believe the reason was due to the fact that I was working in Miami doing construction and lost about 60 pounds.

    Should the condition ever return, now I know what to do about it. Thanks!

    • Roger

      Hi William,
      Thanks for the comment. People for the first time usually feel pain from the plantar fascia in the morning when they wake up. Also losing weight is a good way to reduce the pain from plantar fasciitis because it puts less pressure or stress on the heel and attached area while walking or running.

      All the best,

  3. kasey mundt

    My husband has plantar fasciitis and he would tell me how much it hurts. He is in retail so he’s on his feet all day long so it makes it worse and is probably the reason he has it. I’ll have to give him this information about the shoes so he can be comfortable.

    • Roger

      Hi Kasey,
      Your husband needs to buy some plantar fasciitis shoes which gives extra cushioning for his heel and attached area. Especially since he works in retail and spends most of his time at work on his feet all day long. Walking and standing all day long puts extra weight or stress on his heel and attached tissue.


  4. Debbie K

    I am sure there are many of us with Plantar fasciitis but don’t know that it is the problem. I didn’t actually know that name until now. But I have experienced foot pain and I know how uncomfortable it makes life. Your recommendations are on point. Wearing the right shoes which give proper support helped me overcome foot pain completely.

  5. Andre Mazzo

    Roger thanks for the info, I did not have any idea about this condition, one of my relatives probably have it because she used to work in a factory and stand around for hours and always said her heels hurt, now I can tell her about what she can do.

    Thanks Roger

    • Roger

      Hi Andre,
      You are right that people who work in factories and stand around for hours are at risk to get plantar fasciitis. One cause of plantar fasciitis is to stand for hours at work and put extra weight or stress on your heel and attached area.


  6. JR Andrade

    Hi Roger, thank you for this information. I am also suffering Plantar fascitis due to my feet’s overpronation (being flat-footed). I am glad I found your site as this can be a good resource for products that I can use. Thank you for the informative description as peeps would get to know what we are suffering and how it can be remedied. I am always in search of items, shoes for that matter, that will support my feet to ease the pain. Now, I have this site. Thanks again brother. You’re helping many peeps like me =)

    • Roger

      Hi JR Andrade,
      I am glad that you liked this article. I hope in the future you will use this site to find shoes or items that will help to alleviate the pain from plantar fasciitis. Thanks for the comment.

      All the best,

  7. KD Forsman

    Great article – I’ve been a sufferer of this type of foot pain and it’s absolute agony. You did a fantastic job of explaining exactly what causes this heel pain – in fact, better than the podiatrist I spent a few hundred dollars going to see! Fortunately my foot pain subsided after purchasing a properly fitting shoe with plenty of arch support and I’ve had no further issues with it since. Thanks for sharing this info, I know it will help a lot of people. Cheers, Karen

    • Roger

      Hi KD Forsman,
      Thanks for the comment. I am happy that you think this article is great. I hope this article helps people with foot pain and gives them information in order to purchase the best shoes for their foot pain.

      All the best,

  8. Evelyn Hughes

    I am not a shoe person but what I have read in your post is very informative. The graphics are outstanding. Very good job!

  9. Matts Mom

    Wow, I have had Plantar Fisciitis for over a year now. I have been doing the exercises, icing, taking Ibuprofen, and wearing the special boot at night. STILL no relief 🙁 I didn’t even know that they made shoes just for it! I am going to go to your link, and maybe order me a pair. It is very painful. Do you know if the shoes will help the pain go away?

    • Roger

      Hi Matts Mom,
      Plantar fasciitis shoes are made specifically for people who are suffering pain from the heel and plantar fascia (attached tissue). These shoes provides extra cushioning or support for the arch, heel and attached tissue. Plantar fasciitis shoes for women are sold by Amazon and come in different sizes. It will help the pain go away when you are walking or standing during the day.

      All the best,

  10. KD Forsman

    Great article and information – thanks so much for sharing. I have suffered from heel pain the past, and it is dreadful! Fortunately finding the right pair of shoes with good arch support really helped and it is now completely fixed. I think in all, I had heel pain for about six months before it finally resolved itself. Cheers, Karen

  11. Amelia Brunaz

    This was THE BEST tutorial ever! Thank you so much & I will be sharing this with everyone I know!

  12. Kelli Heitstuman-Tomko

    I have had PF in the past, though I have more of a problem with Morton’s Neuroma now. One of the issues I have is that I’m flatfooted. If I get too much of an instep, it’s worse on my feet than the PF. What would you recommend for someone who is both flatfooted and has PF?

    • Roger

      Hi Kelli,
      A person who is flatfooted and has plantar fasciitis then normally the cause is fallen arches. You probably have a problem when you walk due to the pressure put on the arches or heel. I would suggest that you put thick corrective orthotics pads or shoe inserts inside the shoe to fit and support the arch of the foot. Also make sure you buy shoes that provide extra padding for arch support.

      All the best


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