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Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis


Lisa Kay

Plantar Fasciitis - Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis


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.



Star Denim Suede - Trainers 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.



Sprint White & Leopard - Sporty Trainers 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 trainers for plantar fasciitis feature a luxuriously padded, anatomically contoured footbed which cushions and cradles your sensitive feet.




Eliza White Leather - Best Sandals 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 trainers 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.



Lizzie Khaki Suede - 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.



Star White & Lime - Wide Trainers 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.)




Star Pale Grey Suede - Best Trainers for Plantar Fasciitis UK




Best Trainers for Plantar Fasciitis UK


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


In addition to this specialist footbed for plantar fasciitis, the Miracle Trainer 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 trainer for plantar fasciitis; it's the best trainer for bunions, wide feet, hammer toes, flat feet and all sorts of foot conditions. 


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

Sole Bliss Miracle Trainers 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 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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