So your heels hurt from plantar fasciitis, I think we can all agree the next logical step would be to look up the best heel cups for plantar fasciitis online – right?
Seems logical to me
But do you know why heel cups can help you?
What if I told you it wasn’t the cushioning they provide?
Many people whom suffer from plantar fasciitis, believe having a soft cushioned heel support is the best way to relieve the pain of the condition and to help the feet heal. That may sound nice and comfy when you are experiencing major foot pain, but it is actually the wrong thing to do. It is better to get a heel cup that is made of firm plastic, foam, or another sturdy material.
Plantar fasciitis has a lot to do with the tendons in your legs and the arch of your feet – and very little to do with the pain in your heel.
So I don’t need heel cups?
Well, thats funny you ask because heel cups are used to correct incorrect walking alignment problems. Pronation, when your foot rolls inward as you walk, or supination, when it rolls outwards. The best way to solve this issue is to use heel cups or inserts paired with the best pair of shoes for running or walking.
So what are the best heel cups for plantar fasciitis?
Below you will find some of the best heel cups and insoles with heel cups to help you get relief from pain and that will help your feet recover from plantar fasciitis.
Corefit Custom Moldable Plantar Fasciitis Insoles
Corefit Custom Moldable Plantar Fasciitis Insoles are highly recommended by podiatrists and physicians. A unique feature about these insoles are that they are moldable to fit your feet specifically. They give the perfect heel cup fit. You simply dip them in hot water for 30 seconds and form them around your feet, with socks on. Use your hands to mold them around your feet. Let it cool to room temperature and then put them in your shoes.The molding process can be repeated if necessary. I have found that these are great for wearing with dress shoes. I think they would work well for women’s dress shoes and high heels also. Because you mold them yourself to fit your feet you get a personalized fit which really helps to relieve that heel pain. The custom mold is an especially great benefit if you have a hard time finding shoes that fit both feet perfectly.
M-F Athletic Heel Cups
M-F Athletic Heel Cups help relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis by securing your heel in place and supporting it while you are on your feet. The plastic heel cup protectors provide comfort and protection for those who run, jump, walk or are just on their feet a lot. These are actually, very strong and give great support. When I have to stand on my feet for several hours at a time, they make it a lot easier, by holding my feet in the correct position, and they support my heels for hours. They are sturdy and don’t seem to wear out, at least not yet. I wear them over my socks for extra comfort.
FootSmart Posture Corrective Heel Cups
FootSmart Posture Corrective Heel Cups work well for relieving plantar fasciitis by keeping the body correctly aligned. These heel cups have soft gel lining them for extra comfort. Most people who like these heel cups, like them for the soft gel inside. They give firm support on the outside, but they have the softness inside too, which a lot of people I talked to say they could not do without. The slanted heel cups benefit both those with pronation (foot rolls in) or supination (foot rolls out).
Spenco 3/4 Length Orthotic
The spenco 3/4 length is a good orthotic solution for most types of shoes. It has a solid plate that gives support and is small enough to fit into any shoe. It has foam on the top for added comfort. People who are fans say it is rigid but thin for maximum support.
Airplus® Plantar Fasciitis Orthotics
Airplus® Plantar Fasciitis Orthotics give relief to those with plantar fasciitis, over pronation, and supination. They work well with most types of shoes. The arch plate supports and gives comfort to the plantar fascia. The heel cup helps stabilize the whole foot. The gel insert gives extra cushioning and comfort. This is a very popular orthotic with heel cups. A lot of people who use them, say that they get several pairs, because they can use them with dress shoes, heels and sports and athletic or running shoes.
Tuli’s Heel Cups
Tuli’s Heel Cups are ranked very high for effectiveness by users and by podiatrists. They are essentially shock absorbers for your heels. Those who love these heel cups claim that they are light-weight yet give great support and comfort for use, all day long. If you work on your feet or do a lot of walking each day, these could definitely give you comfort. Fans were interviewed and most raved about the bio-mechanical design. Their waffle design gives shock absorption and returns energy to the foot, just like nature intended. The heel cups are designed to elevate your heel and allow you to regain flexibility.
How To Use Heel Cups for Plantar Fasciitis
When you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, the main thing you want to do right away, is to give your heel the maximum support available. By holding your heel and therefore your foot in the correct position, you can recover from and cure plantar fasciitis. You can even wear heel cups to prevent this condition from even starting. If you stand all day, or walk, run or climb a lot of stairs, protecting your feet is a smart thing to do. You can use the heel cups and inserts as a preventative. Professional athletes don’t wait for injuries to happen, they protect themselves before they happen. You can too.
If you’re just starting to learn about plantar fasciitis or have just been diagnosed, I recommend you check out our ultimate guide to curing plantar fasciitis.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. I am someone who suffered from Plantar Fasciitis off and on for 3 years before my heel pain fully subsided. The following information is based off my own experience and research into what works best for plantar fasciitis.Jeremy