How the best walking shoes for plantar fasciitis can help you?
Plantar fasciitis can happen to young people as well as to adults, and especially to those who spend a lot of time standing, walking or running. The treatment of this condition could include: painkillers, orthotics, surgery and others, but research shows that nearly 15% of the people suffering from this quite painful and debilitating condition have improved their condition by finding the right shoes. So, actually finding the right shoes for plantar fasciitis is possibly the least invasive and the most cost efficient way to deal with the pain and discomfort from this condition.
Here are some of the top suitable sneakers for plantar fasciitis for women and men.
ASICS Women’s GEL-Tech Neo 4 Walking Shoe
This is a light and breathable walking shoe with a full length midsole made of SoLyte foam. The insoles are removable, and you can replace them with ultra comfortable plantar fasciitis inserts. The cushioning is provided by the Gel-Tech cushioning system. Especially designed for a biomorphic fit, it provides a very smooth heel to toe transition. The Gel cushioning helps absorb the shock and the Ortholite footbed provides further cushioning. The shoes have reflective details to keep you visible even if you like to walk in the dark hours. The shoe has a durable rubber sole with superb traction. This Gel-Tech walking shoe is great because of the superb cushioning, shock absorption and the nice arch support, as well as the fact that the sole offers a stable and yet soft feel.
Vionic with Orthaheel Technology Womens Venture Lace Up Sneaker
With a removable EVA footbed featuring a 1st Ray Flexor technology, a very durable and comfortable biomechanical orthotic footbed which helps keep the feet aligned and reduces overpronation. The removable footbed has been designed by expert podiatrists and provides nice cushioning, plus it allows you to use your own orthotics, if you want to.
The outsole is rubber and very durable.
The upper is made of lightweight and durable mesh, which provides perfect breathability and comfort. Overall, this is a light, well cushioned and yet stable walking shoe which is superb for people who suffer from plantar fasciitis.
Brooks Women’s Addiction Walker Walking Shoes
These walking shoes by Brooks are very suitable for ladies who have problems with plantar fasciitis because of a combination of their features. Firstly, they have exceptional shock absorption properties due to the award winning and energy returning MOGO midsole which provides cloud-like cushioning, along with the Hydroflow rear and forefoot cushioning system. The shoes have full grain leather uppers and provide strong support to the feet and legs. It provides arch support and controls the pronation of the feet when walking. They have a Cushsole insole board and a PDRB triple density post for stability and comfort. The slip-resistant outsole is another feature worth adding. The Addiction are walking shoes but with the feel and fit of trainers and are very suitable for women who have plantar fasciitis.
Asics Men’s GEL-Tech Walker Neo 4 Walking Shoe
The extra Gel cushioning of these shoes ensures a sublime cloud-like feeling and provides sufficient shock absorption to keep the pain away from the feet even during and after intensive walking. The mesh upper is breathable, light, and comfortable and has a medial side window for bunions for an even better fit. The collars and tongues are also padded for further cushioning and support.
The great cushioning of these walking shoes is further enhanced by the removable ortholite footbeds. The shoes are cushioned and yet are supportive and stable mainly due to the full-length solyte midsole. The outsole is rubber and provides great traction. Overall, these shoes have the cushioning and yet the support of the arch and fee and a flexible forefoot needed to keep the painful plantar fasciitis under control.
Vionic with Orthaheel Men’s Contest Active Lace Up
These all-purpose walking shoes are designed and made to provide flexible comfort, optimal stability and excellent traction. The leather upper has mesh panels for added flexibility and comfort. The lightweight EVA midsole helps absorb shock and reduce the stress in the feet and legs.
The producer has also utilized its First ray Technology in the forefoot assisting the gait efficiency and forefoot mobility, which is important for people suffering from plantar fasciitis. The built in EVA biomechanical footbed supports the feet and realigns them, reducing overpronation and thus the pain and soreness.
Brooks Men’s Addiction Walker Walking Shoes
The Addiction shoes are very much like sneakers but they are actually excellent walking shoes, suitable for people suffering from plantar fasciitis. The MOGO midsoles are energy-returning, durable and provide amazing cushioning. Along with that, the shoes feature additional Hydroflow rear and forefoot shock absorption and cushioning. Even though they are perfectly cushioned, they still provide excellent support and stability due to the medial PDRB triple density support poles. The uppers are made of full grain leather and the outsoles are slip-resistant. With all the support, cushioning, shock absorption and stability they offer, these are one of the best walking shoes for men with plantar fasciitis.
Features to look for
When looking for suitable walking sneakers for plantar fasciitis, keep in mind that they should reinforce the arches, keep the feet aligned properly and also reduce the load on the Achilles tendon.
Plus, the shoe should be constructed in a way as to minimize the foot’s windlass mechanism which is what puts the painful stress on the plantar fascia when walking. This mechanism of the foot is the reason why doctors recommend wearing shoes at all times, except when bathing and sleeping when you suffer from plantar fasciitis. Remember, walking is different from running, don’t use the same shoes for prolonged walking and running. Get separate running shoes for plantar fasciitis – we have a handy guide for them, too!
Even after the treatment is over, you should still wear shoes with the proper protection and shock absorption, to prevent the re-occurrence of this condition.
The best shoes for plantar fasciitis should fit well, feel comfortable, require no break-in time, offer proper shock absorption, keep the feet stable and aligned and be lightweight.
It is important that the outsoles are not too flexible – you shouldn’t be able to bend them too much. The midsoles must be padded and offer comfortable cushioning to offer gentle but stable arch support.
Last but not least, the toe boxes of the shoes should be sufficiently wide, but at the same time not too flexible and rather sturdy to protect the plantar fascia.