If you leap out of bed, only to want to leap back in again because of a stabbing pain in your heels, then you may well be suffering from Plantar Fasciitis.
But, the good news is that beauty, or fashion, as the saying goes, does not have to be painful! There are plenty of Plantar Fasciitis shoes available which offer support without looking ugly. No one will ever know that you’re wearing arch support shoes!
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
A common foot pain problem among runners, it also affects many of us as we hit middle age because our feet naturally start to widen and flatten, putting extra pressure on the ligaments in the foot.
Your feet are also places where you start to lose some padding (if only we could remove some ‘padding’ from elsewhere and put it in our heels!) so your heel bone isn’t as well protected.
How to choose the best shoes for plantar fasciitis
Podiatrists have even coined the term shoe-icide when they talk about wearing ultra high heels. Stilettos are a big no-no if you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis as they raise your foot arch to an unnatural angle.
But, flats are equally problematic. They offer no support for your arches so your Plantar Fascia (the tissues in your foot), can’t distribute your weight and movement properly.
Shoes for heel pain – What to wear to get Plantar Fasciitis support
Okay, so you can’t wear high heels and you can’t wear flats! So what should you look out for when choosing Plantar Fasciitis footwear?
Shoes which offer good arch support are vital. While everyone’s foot shape is different and you may have to try a few before you find your favorite brand, there are now lots of arch support shoes which look trendy. Here are our favorite shoes for Plantar Fasciitis. But, don’t forget to tell us what your favorite shoes and brands are in the comments. Also wanted to mention that we have a separate article on arch support shoes as well, which includes a complete roundup of all brands that offer arch support shoes.
Plantar Fasciitis Insoles
If you have shoes you love, but which don’t offer the support you need, there’s no need to bin them, or give them away!
There are plenty of insoles on the market but not all offer the same level of support. Look for plantar fasciitis inserts which offer good support in the arch, as this helps to take the strain from the heel. Proper heel support is also vital, and a deep heel cup will provide stability and keep the bones of your foot properly aligned.
Plantar Fasciitis Inserts
Just as choosing the shoe brand which is best for your feet can need a bit of trial and error, not all Plantar Fasciitis inserts fit in the same way. Some well-regarded brands include Tread Labs, Orthaheel, Superfeet, Nazaroo, Profoot and Sof Sole. Powerstep Pinnacle are reported as being particularly good for people with very high arches.
Rather than switching insoles between shoes, many people opt to buy several pairs of inserts and leave them in their favorite shoes.
Plantar Fasciitis Orthotics
Plantar fasciitis orthotics are designed to relieve the pain you may feel from this condition. You can wear them all day or just when you feel you need them.
The best shoes for plantar fasciitis women
Whether you have plantar fasciitis or not, you may find that a pair of shoes with a small works best for you. If you do opt for flats, you will need to make sure they have great arch support and heel support.
Whether you have plantar fasciitis, or this is not a condition you suffer from, you may find that like Eleni, you like to have a style of shoes which offers some stylish heel support.
Metallic shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
Okay, I know silver or gold shoes isn’t a category in itself, in the same way as sandals, booties, or flats.
But, I love silver shoes for the way they go with anything, and instantly lift an outfit. Plus, I’m particularly impressed this season with the silver collection from Naturalizer, where there’s a great range of silver sandals, loafers, wedges and heels!
sandals for plantar fasciitis
Just because you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis, that doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the latest summer sandal trends. Thankfully, arch support shoes are a lot hipper these days and comfort sandals incorporate the latest trends including chunky soles, metallics and gladiator styles.
Vionic Paros sandals have excellent arch support as well as cushioning all around the sole. They also have orthaheel technology, which is vital for so many plantar fasciitis sufferers, and they distribute your weight evenly.
“I suffer from Plantar Fasciitis so it is nice to have stylish shoes to wear that won’t cause me problems! I will definitely be ordering more of these sandals.” – Casey
Plantar Fasciitis boot
Booties can be a great option if you need some ankle support as well as arch support. They add casual chic to an outfit and look great paired with jeans, or with a summer dress for transitioning from spring to summer.
If you opt for paler colors such as taupe or grey, rather than black, you will instantly look more springlike! Or you can opt to add your black booties with black opaque tights to transform a summer dress into a piece you can wear during spring and fall too.
Naturalizer’s Blair Bootie is a classic style that you will usually find in stock in black or tan.
“I purchased 1 pair and they are so comfortable, I purchased a second pair.” – reviewer68
dress shoes for plantar fasciitis
Yes, I know I said you couldn’t wear heels. But I meant those skyscraper heels of four inches or more. There are plenty of comfortable options out there if you want to wear heels for a dinner party or, well, just because you want to!
You may find it more comfortable to choose a lower heel, like a kitten heel, or a block heel.
flat plantar fasciitis shoes for women
I know! I also said flats were also a no-no! But, these aren’t just any flats. These are flats with arch support and cushioned insoles which will provide more support than a normal flip-flop or sandal, for example.
Mules and loafers are on trend and look great with jeans or cropped pants.
best walking shoes for plantar fasciitis
While embarking on a long walk or a hike may seem like the stuff of nightmares if you suffer from the heel pain that comes with plantar fasciitis, if you opt for specially-designed walking shoes which provide the support you need, you will find that your feet are aligned correctly and you can walk in comfort.
You could either opt for athletic shoes, or special walking shoes.
You may also like to take a look at this article on the best sneakers for plantar fasciitis.
Keen’s Whisper sandals have long been a favorite among walkers and travelers looking for a comfortable shoe for sightseeing on vacation.
These have a huge amount of reviews on Amazon, with 7,758 reviews, giving an average of 4.5 stars.
“I’ve been a Keen lover/wearer for a long time and truly love this brand, but I think my Whispers may be my favorite pair yet.” – sheeshoo
Slippers for plantar fasciitis
You may find that walking barefoot hurts your feet if you have plantar fasciitis. But you obviously won’t want to wear your plantar fasciitis shoes 24/7, when you are at home.
The Vionic Women’s Relax slipper have a whopping 3,892 reviews on Amazon, giving an average of 4.4 stars.
They have biomechanical contact for your feet, giving support even if you are just walking around your home.
“These slippers are definitely the most comfortable I have ever owned. I have all kinds of foot problems. I was told by my podiatrist to always wear good shoes, even in the house, to support my arches.” – sweet stuff
Good shoes for plantar fasciitis
There are so many stylish arch support shoes available nowadays and they really don’t look any different to ‘normal’ shoes. It’s often advisable to start to look at comfort shoes even before you suffer any foot pain, as a preventative measure.
You may also wish to take a look at this article on the best shoes with arch support.
Do you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis? What are the best plantar fasciitis shoes you have worn? Which shoe brands and styles do you find gives you comfort from heel pain? Let us know!
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