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Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis


Lisa Kay

What is Plantar Fasciitis and What are the Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis?



Luna Navy Leather - Ballet Flats for Plantar Fasciitis


What is Plantar Fasciitis?


If you suffer from sharp heel pain, you may well be suffering from a common foot condition known as plantar fasciitis.


Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue connecting your heel to the front of your foot. Plantar fasciitis occurs when this tissue is damaged or torn, which causes pain when your heel hits the ground.


Your heel guards the plantar fascia tissue, but walking barefoot does not give your feet the same support, protection or cushioning that shoes do.


Running or even walking barefoot on hard surfaces for long periods of time are the main causes of strain to your fascia. Other risk factors include a rapid increase in weight-bearing activities and repetitive impact from activities such as running, as well as being overweight.


If you already have plantar fasciitis, walking barefoot on hard surfaces can worsen the condition and delay the healing process. To help prevent the worsening of plantar fasciitis, it is important to wear suitable shoes for plantar fasciitis.



Harley Black Leather & Suede - Sneakers for Plantar Fasciitis



What are the Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis?


If you are looking for the best shoes for plantar fasciitis, there are several factors which you need to consider. While the idea of "shoes for plantar fasciitis" may conjure up connotations of orthopaedic-looking shoes, fear not! Stylish shoes for plantar fasciitis exist and there are plenty of fashionable options out there.


Here are our top tips for finding shoes for plantar fasciitis:


  1. Wear shoes with arch support
  2. Wear shoes with underfoot cushioning
  3. Wear shoes with shock absorption
  4. Wear wide-fitting shoes
  5. Buy the right shoe size
  6. Avoid minimalist shoes
  7. Avoid walking barefoot


1. Wear shoes with arch support


If you are looking for supportive, comfortable shoes for plantar fasciitis, it is essential that they have arch support. Arch support helps to distribute pressure evenly across your foot and prevent straining any particular part of your foot, including the heel.


Plantar fasciitis shoes with arch support also provide stability and balance which contributes to improving your posture. Better balance and posture can reduce the likelihood of foot problems, including plantar fasciitis.


Sole Bliss shoes feature a superior arch support mechanism, which makes them ideal for women with plantar fasciitis. All our closed-back shoes contain an anti-pronating arch support. This is a memory foam pillow which is designed to provide support for your arches and counter the inward rolling of your feet (pronation) as you walk.



Star Taupe Leather - Sporty Sneakers for Plantar Fasciitis



2. Wear shoes with underfoot cushioning


The best shoes for plantar fasciitis are both supportive and comfortable. We recommend looking for plantar fasciitis shoes with plenty of underfoot cushioning. This extra padding will make you feel as comfortable as wearing slippers, while providing the support your feet need.


For women with plantar fasciitis, it is particularly important to have cushioning under the heel. This is where the plantar fascia tissue has been torn or damaged, and therefore needs more cushioning and support. Shoes with cushioning in the forefoot provide a more comfortable fit too.


Sole Bliss shoes for plantar fasciitis feature triple-layer underfoot cushioning for maximum comfort and support. On our ballet flats for plantar fasciitis, this triple-layer cushioning runs across the entire length of your foot.


Our sneakers for plantar fasciitis feature a luxuriously padded, anatomically contoured footbed which cushions and cradles your sensitive feet.




Luna Navy Croc Leather - Best Flats for Plantar Fasciitis



3. Wear shoes with shock absorption


Shock absorption is a must-have feature for shoes for plantar fasciitis. Shock absorption softens the impact of your feet hitting hard surfaces and reduces the risk of injury or worsening of plantar fasciitis.


While a lot sneakers for high impact exercise such as running are likely to have shock absorption, it is less common to find shock absorption in shoes such as heels, boots and flats.


Sole Bliss shoes feature triple-layer underfoot cushioning. The base layer of this podiatrist-approved cushioning system is designed for shock absorption. This creates a much softer impact with the ground, dramatically reducing the pain of plantar fasciitis.



Luna Khaki Snake Print Leather - Ballet Pumps for Plantar Fasciitis



4. Wear wide-fitting shoes


The best shoes for plantar fasciitis should allow your feet to breathe. If you have a wider foot, it is essential that you buy wide-fitting shoes for plantar fasciitis. If your toes are constricted at the front of the shoe, you create further stress and pressure on this painful part of your body.



Tess Black Leather - Loafers for Plantar Fasciitis



5. Buy the right shoe size


Similarly, it is important to make sure you are buying the right shoe size. It may sound obvious, but shoes which are too tight can create further foot pain. If your shoes are too big, there may be room for heel slippage, which can wear down the protective pads under your feet.


Your first step on the search for shoes for plantar fasciitis is to ensure you find the right shoe size!




Valencia Black Leather - Best Heels for Plantar Fasciitis



6. Avoid minimalist shoes


Your shoes for plantar fasciitis should not be minimalist shoes. These light-weight shoes have reduced cushioning and thin soles which make you feel like you are walking on the ground.


Shoes for plantar fasciitis require extra support and soft underfoot cushioning to protect and comfort your feet. Minimalist shoes are not designed for sufferers of plantar fasciitis.



Harley Black Leather & Suede - Wide Sneakers for Plantar Fasciitis



7. Avoid walking barefoot


In order to take the pressure off the plantar fascia tissue, you should avoid spending too much time walking around barefoot. Even when you are walking around the house, podiatrists recommend that you wear supportive shoes. Your feet require the same protection from hard surfaces such as the kitchen floor as they do from walking outdoors.


Slippers are generally not designed for plantar fasciitis sufferers. Instead you should look for plantar fasciitis shoes with the qualities we have discussed (arch support, cushioning, etc.)




Hero Black Croc Leather - Best Sneakers for Plantar Fasciitis UK




What causes Plantar Fasciitis?


If you are suffering from severe foot pain, you may be wondering what causes plantar fasciitis. It is caused by straining the part of your foot which runs between your heel bone and your forefoot and toes.


Plantar fasciitis may develop without an obvious cause. However there are various known causes of plantar fasciitis:


  1. Wearing unsupportive shoes with thin soles or no cushioning
  2. Recently started exercising on hard surfaces
  3. Recently started long-distance running
  4. Spending many hours standing on your feet
  5. Obesity
  6. Age (Plantar Fasciitis is most common in adults aged 40-60)




Robyn Black Suede - Wedge Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis



Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?


The main symptom of plantar fasciitis is acute pain at the bottom your heel. The pain is also sometimes felt at the bottom of the mid-foot area. Plantar fasciitis can affect either both feet or just one foot. 


The pain of plantar fasciitis is usually worst first thing in the morning when you take your first steps or after you have been sitting or lying down for a while. Plantar fasciitis heel pain tends to improve after you have walked a few steps but it can worsen if you suddenly over-exercise or spend too long on your feet.


The symptoms of plantar fasciitis pain can be dull or sharp. Without treatment, plantar fasciitis usually resolves after 6-18 months. 




How to Relieve Plantar Fasciitis?


If you want to relieve plantar fasciitis rather than letting it slowly resolve itself, there are a few home remedies you can try to relieve the pain. Our main recommendation is to wear comfortable shoes for plantar fasciitis. The importance of wearing comfortable, supportive shoes for plantar fasciitis cannot be underestimated!  


Other ways to relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis include resting your feet, applying ice or taking a paracetamol. If the pain of plantar fasciitis persists, you can discuss receiving a corticosteroid injection with your doctor.




Blair Black Leather - Soft Boots for Plantar Fasciitis 



Best Sneakers for Plantar Fasciitis UK


Sole Bliss recently launched the Miracle Sneaker - a specialist sneaker designed to soothe sensitive soles and protect painful feet. Our Miracle Sneaker is the best sneaker for plantar fasciitis, thanks to its ultra-cushioned and anatomically contoured footbed.


In addition to this specialist footbed for plantar fasciitis, the Miracle Sneaker features a deep and wide toe-box, our iconic Bunion Bed stretch panel for bunions (hallux valgus) and soft leather lining and uppers. It's not just the best sneaker for plantar fasciitis; it's the best sneaker for bunions, wide feet, hammer toes, flat feet and all sorts of foot conditions. 


The diagram below shows the components of Sole Bliss' Miracle Sneakers and what makes them the best sneakers for plantar fasciitis...

Sole Bliss Miracle Sneakers for Plantar Fasciitis



Here are just a few of our favourite Sneakers for Plantar Fasciitis. The Miracle Sneaker Collection has 4 different styles: Hero, Star, Harley and Sprint.


Hero is the original Miracle Sneaker in the Sole Bliss collection and is one of the best sneaker for plantar fasciitis. Hero features our signature anatomically-contoured and ultra-cushioned footbed which soothes this painful foot condition. 



Hero Khaki Snake Print Leather Sneaker for Plantar Fasciitis



Harley is our dark-soled Miracle Sneaker. Harley fits just like Hero and is a fantastic sneaker for plantar fasciitis. The only difference is the dark platform sole which we designed at the request of our customers! 



Harley Bronze Leather - Dark Sneakers for Plantar Fasciitis



Star is an equally comfy sneaker for plantar fasciitis and features all the award-winning components of our Comfort Technology. These stand-out sneakers are distinguished by their on-trend leather star detailing. Choose your favourite colour today! 




Star Sneaker for Plantar Fasciitis in Black Suede & Gold Leather



Sprint is our newer Miracle Sneaker and is constructed on a lower platform sole. These wonder-working shoes feature our signature anatomically contoured and cushioned footbed too, simply on a lower sole unit. So for a more sporty aesthetic, why not try Sprint? 



Sprint Black & Metallic Leather - Lower Sneaker for Plantar Fasciitis



Best High Heels for Plantar Fasciitis


We are often asked whether women with plantar fasciitis can wear high heels? The answer is yes! The best high heels for plantar fasciitis have a wide toe-box and luxuriously soft and supportive underfoot cushioning. Follow our advice for finding the best shoes for plantar fasciitis and you will be guaranteed to be comfortable in your high heels! 




Gina Black Suede - Best High Heels for Plantar Fasciitis




Can shoes help with Plantar Fasciitis?


Finding the right shoes for plantar fasciitis can certainly help alleviate the pain and discomfort of this foot condition. By wearing soft and cushioned shoes, you can ease this heel pain. And by wearing supportive shoes (with arch support and shock absorption), you can help prevent the worsening of plantar fasciitis. If you continue to suffer from acute heel pain, the NHS recommends contacting a physiotherapist or foot specialist.



Browse our full collection of comfortable, stylish shoes for plantar fasciitis.


If you have any questions about finding the best shoes for your feet, please contact our Customer Care team who are highly knowledgeable and here to help!

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