Plantar Fasciitis Running Shoe Recommendations
One of the highest risk activities that causes plantar fasciitis is running, specifically running on an incline. However, running in general brings about a high risk of this common, painful foot condition. The Plantar Fascia, which is the tendon that is attached to the heel and forms the arch of the foot attaching to the ball, when damaged and swollen leads to the suggested use of proper orthotics. Orthotic devices to aid in the recovery from plantar fasciitis are myriad. There is much to choose from, ranging from orthotic inserts for the current pair of shoes, to orthotic shoes in general. There are choices for walking shoes to dress shoes. However, the underlying idea is that orthotics play an integral role in plantar fasciitis recovery.
Keep in mind that investing in the best running shoes for your feet can do a great deal to eliminate plantar fasciitis problems. It’s far better to prevent the problem from occurring then to have to treat it once you get the condition.
Since running is a major culprit for this condition, and runners want to keep on running, we need to discuss the various types of running shoes for plantar fasciitis. The need for proper arch support and posture is very relevant due to the shock and joint strain caused by running. The correct fitting shoe will give support to the heel of the foot as well as support to the arch. A key tip for those who like to run is to make sure to stretch the foot in advance of the run and build the routine gradually. Sudden changes in routine is another known cause of this condition.
Before I give a small list of shoes you might try, keep in mind that there is no one-size-fits-all strategy with running shoes for plantar fasciitis. Just like when you are buying a pair of running shoes, every person might find one pair of shoes works better than the other.
Now many physical and occupational therapists suggest some of the following brands, such as:
- Pearl iZUMi Men’s Syncroguide III Motion Control Shoe
- Karhu Women’s Strong Ride Running Shoe
- New Balance Men’s MR1123 Running Shoe
- ASICS Men’s GEL-Foundation 9 Running Shoe
- Brooks Men’s Beast Running Shoe
- Saucony Women’s ProGrid Stabil CS Running Shoe
Why these shoes over other models? Well, these models all have extreme motion control, keeping your foot in place with great support. There are other models that have moderate motion control and light motion control, and even no control at all — most from the same manufacturers. If you don’t want to get any of these brands, then make SURE you buy a pair of running shoes that has some form of motion control to them. I seriously recommend you see a qualified physical therapist before picking up any shoes, however. A physical therapist can go over some of the different options out there that can help control your foot motion when you run (and walk). They will likely have a concrete recommendation for the exact type of running shoe and the type of motion control your specific feet need.
One thing to look for when seeking a running shoe for plantar fasciitis is if the shoe has a removable foot bed when the shoe does not have a contoured support for the arch. Do you have a flat or low arch, or do you have a high arch? If the foot bed is removable, you can change to a better supporting orthotic insert.
How to Pick Out The RIGHT Plantar Fasciitis Running Shoe
When purchasing a pair of running shoes, make sure the width is snug and that the shoe is comfortable when first putting it on. Avoid those shoes that the salesman says “need time to break in”. The pair of running shoes should feel comfortable on your feet from the first time. However, wearing a shoe with arch support can take some time to get used to, especially if you haven’t worn shoes like this before. In this case, it is suggested to build up to the correct arch support gradually, starting with wearing the arch supported shoes for just a few minutes per day to wearing them all day as you get used to them. A properly fitting running shoe will help you recover from this painful condition without any additional treatment.
In addition to running shoes, you might want to consider some other treatments like orthetic insoles and inserts and various splints and braces that are designed as a supplemental treatment for this condition. I’m not a medical expert here, just giving some advice based on what’s worked for me. If all else fails and you find yourself in a lot of foot pain after a run AND you’ve tried some of the shoes listed above, I suggest you STOP running and let your feet heal. Sometimes, there is simply no substitute for this.