The Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis, is very common, affecting 1 in 10 people at some point in their lives, and is the most common type of foot pain requiring doctor and podiatrist visits. Plantar Fasciitis can occur if you are on your feet for a lot of the time. It can also occur if you do lots of walking, running, standing especially if you are not used to it.
Plantar fasciitis is caused by an inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes, where the fascia becomes irritated, then inflamed, resulting in heel pain.
Usually, the pain will ease in time. ‘Fascia’ tissue, like ‘ligament’ tissue, heals quite slowly. It may take several months or more to go. To ease the pain and reduce recurrence risk, footwear with cushioned heels and good arch support is recommended. The ‘AWP’ and ‘Dynamic’ recovery shoes have a shock-absorbing heel and arch support built-in – making them an excellent solution without the need for inserts.
There are a variety of treatments available from ice packs and foam rollers to exercises and stretches but wearing appropriate footwear can make a huge difference to recovery times and everyday comfort.
The key elements here are good shock absorption and postural support. Good shock absorption disperses some of the force of heel striking when walking, and pressure while standing. All PLS Medical footwear styles feature excellent shock absorption as they are designed for professionals who spend long periods of time on their feet.
The best shoes for plantar fasciitis are shoes with good postural support. Styles such as the AWP (pictured) and Dynamic help to hold the foot in the correct position, as well as encouraging good posture. Both of these styles feature a patented heel insert, designed to hold the foot in the correct ergonomic position for optimal postural support. For the wider foot, the fully-compliant ‘Oxyva’ by Oxypas is an excellent choice.
In addition to the treatment and relief of plantar fasciitis, our customers advise us that the AWP, Dynamic and Oxyva shoes are also effective in reducing the symptoms of a variety of other common aches and pains, as well as recovery from injury. You can view all of our recovery footwear styles on the PLS website here.
The best shoes for plantar fasciitis are those that include excellent shock absorption.
A force of up to 3 x bodyweight is exerted on the human foot while walking. Therefore, a person weighing 670 newtons (150 pounds) would experience a force of up to 2300 newtons (525 pounds). Over the course of the day, this can accumulate to hundreds of tonnes. Good shock absorption absorbs this energy at the heel, reducing impact and protecting the foot.
Our new unisex styles such as the ‘Kassie’ and ‘Dominique’ are ideal for those with plantar fasciitis and other common foot, leg or back pains. As well as excellent energy absorption, they also feature anatomic removable memory foam insoles and SJ Comfort footbeds.
The Kassie is a comfortable trainer with excellent heel energy absorption and anatomic removable memory foam insole for added comfort. The Kassie is lightweight and breathable, keeping your feet as fresh at the end of the day as they are at the start.
The Dominique is an ultra-comfortable memory foam trainer with an air unit for added cushioning. The combination of the SJ Comfort footbed, the memory foam insole and the air unit give the ‘Dominique’ optimal shock absorption. Other styles with the air unit include the ‘Ela’ for ladies and the ‘Justin’ for men.
As all of our styles are designed for people who spend long periods of time on their feet, all styles are designed for optimal comfort. You can view our full range of footwear styles here.
Would you like to know more before making a choice? You may find one of the following blog articles useful:
Do you need recovery shoes? Read our “AWP – ‘The First Step to Recovery’” Blog to find out more
What anti-fatigue solutions are available? Read our “What Problems Do Workers Face When They Stand All Day?” blog to find out more.
Top tips for happy, healthy feet. Read our “5 Top Tips for Healthy Happy Feet” to find out more.