Anyone who suffers from Plantar Fasciitis knows how painful it can be. But, thankfully, there are lots of sneakers for plantar fasciitis which can make sure your feet are both comfortable AND stylish.
Whether you are looking for sneakers to add some comfort and style to your everyday outfits, or you need athletic shoes for running or sports, there are plenty of great options here.
What is plantar fasciitis
It’s a condition which can affect every aspect of life, making walking or running painful.
But, not only are there lots more shoes available these days which provide foot arch support, they are also hipper than they have ever been.
Sneakers are very on-trend this season and can be a great option if you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis. As with any clothes or shoes, it will be about finding the
Even if you don’t suffer from plantar fasciitis, you may find that you are more comfortable in these sneakers which offer additional arch support.
There are also lots more ideas in this piece on the best plantar fasciitis shoes for women over 40.
How to choose plantar fasciitis sneakers
While everyone’s feet are different and finding the perfect pair of plantar fasciitis shoes can be a question of trial and error, there are some general tips from foot experts on finding a pair of sneakers.
1. One of the best tips is to wear arch support shoes all of the time.
Whether you’re doing the shopping, exercising, going to work or heading out to dinner, choose shoes which have good arch support. Your shoes need to distribute your weight over your whole foot, not just your heel.
2. Think about cushioned insoles.
If you need to modify the sneakers you already have in your wardrobe, buying cushioned insoles can provide extra support.
3. It’s vital to choose a pair of sneakers which offer good heel support.
Because Plantar Fasciitis causes shooting pain in the heel, it is vital to choose sneakers with great heel support. The heels should act as shock absorbers to prevent more damage to your foot.
4. Look for good grip on the soles of your sneakers.
Any trips or falls could do extra damage to your heels, making the condition even worse.
5. Don’t think you have to compromise on style.
When it comes to plantar fasciitis shoes, there are more brands and styles than ever before in stores, most of which look no different to ‘normal’ footwear!
Whether you suffer from plantar fasciitis or not, a pair of sneakers which have good heel support can look incredibly stylish. These ones, as worn by Helen above look like they offer support as well as being a great addition to lots of outfits.
Slip-on plantar fasciitis sneakers
Slip-on sneakers are great for adding a casual vibe whether at home or on vacation, but where you don’t want to wear sneakers which look too sporty.
The Vionic Kea sneakers are comfortable and easy to wear. A well-recommended sneaker style from one of the leading brands for plantar fasciitis, they have podiatrist-designed orthotic cushioned soles as well as a lightweight, breathable upper.
“These are the first pair of Vionics I’ve tried and they feel like heaven, even with a job where I am on my feet all day. I have had plantar fasciitis in both feet for about 7 months. I’ve spent hundreds on shoes and inserts, had 2 cortisone shots and have had minimal improvement. My doctor says my PF is mechanical, and I think these are the first shoes to address this issue.” – Amazon customer.
Silver plantar fasciitis sneakers
Many arch support shoe brands have embraced the trend for silver shoes. These are an instant way to update your wardrobe and support your feet at the same time. A definite win-win!
Naturalizer is another great brand to try if you have plantar fasciitis or need extra arch support.
This Marianne style is a classic that you will generally always find in stock, with new shades and patterns released each season. For an on-trend, yet timeless, look you could opt for the silver or silver snakeskin.
“Walking on a cloud. So comfortable and cute! I am on my feet all day at work and they are so supportive. I don’t wear them with socks, just slip them on and go.” – tarebear
Embellished sneakers for plantar fasciitis
Just because your feet need a little extra support, that doesn’t mean they should have to forgo fashion! Embellished sneakers were a huge trend on the runways for spring and summer.
Luckily, the brands which make arch support shoes have embraced the trend for more-is-more embellishment seen on the runways at the likes of Gucci, Balenciaga and Dolce & Gabanna.
Cobb Hill’s embroidered slip-on sneakers have a foam footbed to offer arch support.
“This is a really cute shoe and more importantly, it is a very comfortable shoe. The embroidery makes this shoe stand out and it will look great with lots of outfits.” – caddygirl51
walking shoes for plantar fasciitis
If you’re a keen hiker, do a lot of walking, or walk around the course while playing golf, then you’ll want to choose a pair of sneakers which offer high levels of support for your activities.
Choosing sports shoes which add a pop of color can add some fun to your exercise outfit.
The Vionic Walker Classic is just what it says – a classic. There’s a removable, elevated footbed designed to make the transition of weight from heel to toe as you walk a smooth, painfree experience.
They have a 1980s feel which is on trend now.
“This is the best shoe I have ever worn. I have been suffering with plantar fasciitis for some time and can’t be on my feet for any length of time. I have had these shoes for two weeks and WOW!! What a difference it has made.” – Haley Jo.
best running shoes for plantar fasciitis
If you run, or do athletic exercise of any kind, this can obviously be so much more difficult if you suffer from plantar fasciitis. You can be in so much heel pain that you no longer want to exercise.
Ascics is one of the top sneaker brands recommended for exercise and running. Look for a pair with gel support. The Ascics GEL-Nimbus 21 running shoe has a special “heel clutching” system to give you support where you need it most if you suffer from plantar fasciitis.
“Fits great! Softer with a more flexible upper than the last model. Great for my long runs.” – missy0209
New Balance shoes for for plantar fasciitis
New Balance is another brand recommended by podiatrists and by women who suffer from plantar fasciitis.
The heel of these New Balance sneakers has a comfortable, snug feel which many women with plantar fasciitis appreciate.
“New Balance is my favorite walking shoe. These didn’t let me down. I have big, wide feet with flat arches and am prone to plantar fasciitis. These are great. I’m going to order another pair.” – Mary
tennis shoes for plantar fasciitis
If tennis is your sport of choice, you may find you simply can’t manage a full match anymore because of your foot pain.
But choosing a pair of tennis shoes for plantar fasciitis which are specially designed to offer support if you suffer from a foot condition or need arch support.
If you are looking for tennis shoes to offer comfort and stability, and to make you stand out from the crowd on the court, you could opt for the New Balance WC1005 Stability shoe. They are designed with stability technology to ensure you can stay on court for as long as your stamina allows.
Many reviewers on Amazon also recommend them for bunions sufferers.
“Love these shoes. I now have three pairs so I can rotate them. They are so comfortable and did not need ‘breaking in’.” – Penny
Brands for foot arch support
There is a big choice of brands which make foot arch support shoes and many of you have already told us about your favorites.
There are more suggestions in this extensive guide to arch support shoes.
Plantar fasciitis inserts
If you have shoes you love but have relegated them to the back of your wardrobe because they are no longer comfortable, then you might want to think about buying insoles or inserts for plantar fasciitis.
There are lots of other brand ideas and suggestions in our guide of best shoes for plantar fasciitis.
Have you found the perfect plantar fasciitis sneakers? Let me know which brand of arch support sneakers you wear!
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