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
Choosing the best shoes for plantar fasciitis is no easy task, the best plantar fasciitis women’s shoes are those which provide good arch support and enough midsole and heel cushioning to provide good shock absorption. Without the proper support for your arches and your heels, you may have to stay off your feet for a while to let your feet heal. If you are like most people, you don’t have that luxury. Most of us must stay active every day. Having the right shoes is the best way to help your feet recover from plantar fasciitis.
If you are currently having heel pain, you can also add thick insoles to your shoes. The added cushioning will give you more comfort, while the arch support helps hold your feet in the correct position while actively walking. Good arch support will give support to your fascia ligament, which when stretched too far causes plantar fasciitis. Good insoles will give you more shock absorption and protect your feet from high impact conditions. Shoes with good arch support give motion control to correct over-pronation. It may take a while to get used to wearing supportive shoes, so give yourself time. It will be well worth it.
Brooks Addiction Women’s Walking Shoes
The Addiction’s are favored by many women, especially those who need extra support for low arches to correct over-pronation. They have a leather upper and a slip-resistant outside. One survey gives them an overall rating of 4 out of 5. They are very comfortable, with a lot of toe room. They also have room for additional orthotic inserts. The one drawback is they are more expensive than most other shoes, however, many claim they are worth the extra money.
For a quick overview of these shoes check out this video from zappos:
Vionic Orthaheel Action Walking Shoes For Women
Ranking high on the list of plantar fasciitis women’s shoes. They have a patented Orthoheel arch support, which will help correct your gait and allow your feet to recover, while you are still active on a daily basis. The founders of the company are Podiatrists so you know that the shoe hits all the important points. This shoe has the APMA Seal of Approval, so it is a great shoe for the plantar fasciitis. It receives a rating of 5 out of 5 in a plantar fasciitis survey/. It is not the most expensive shoe on the list, averaging about mid-range in pricing. It ranks high for comfort and arch support.
Spira Classic Leather Walking Women’s Shoes
Spira Classic’s offers comfort to those with sore feet. It has technology to absorb the shock of impact for the heel and forefoot. It has Medicare’s endorsement. It is ranked 4.5 out of 5. It is comfortable, and priced in the higher-range of similar shoes.
New Balance WW928v2 Women’s Walking Shoes
For the women who will wear nothing else. Women everywhere claim these shoes give them not only excellent arch support but with great heel comfort to boot. While these shoes are priced higher than the competition the extra toe space may be just what you’re looking for. If you have plantar fasciitis, you definitely don’t want your toes scrunched up as mis-alignment of the toes has been known to be a major cause for the disease. The WW928v2’s provide motion control and allow all-day comfort with its EVA foam midsole for added cushioning.
Asics GEL-Tech Walker Neo
Recommended by many women who are suffering from plantar fasciitis these women’s walkers give great arch support and comes with a good amount of cushioning for shock absorption. Some wearers online claim that they experienced a reduction in the stress on their joints with this shoe, even when walking up to five miles per day. The mesh is breathable, so they’re less prone to foot sweating.
Saucony Women’s Guide 8 Running
Great for plantar fasciitis suffers who want to continue running. They have an EVERUN topsole construction which provides a smoother landing for the heel and a reduced pressure to the forefoot. They come with FlexFilm in the upper for a lightweight flexible fit. They are priced in the higher range for plantar fasciitis shoes, but are highly rated by women runners. (Don’t worry, they have less “colorful” options too.)
KURU Walking Shoes for Women
With the patented KURUSOLE™ orthotic midsole and the KURUCLOUD™ midsole foam for extra shock absorption. Your feet will stay dry and comfortable for hours, because the upper is made of special materials for breathability. This is a great shoe for all fitness activities. Many women surveyed wear them comfortably all day long. They are priced on the higher end for plantar fasciitis shoes, however, they provide great arch support and cushioning. They include ULTIMATE INSOLES™ that use your body heat to mold to your feet for a custom fit. This shoe was rated very high by nurses, who are on their feet for many hours during the day.
Prices and availability vary a lot so please check them out on amazon.
Vionic Orthaheel Women’s Walking
A joint venture of Vionic and Dr. Andrew Weil to provide a good walking shoe to support the feet of those with plantar fasciitis or those trying to avoid it. The shoes align the lower legs with the body helping prevent pain. They are lightweight and allow your feet to breath. They are one of the only high ranked shoes that are in the lower price range. Most women say they can wear them all day long with comfort.
The shoes mentioned in this article have some of the best ratings by women who wear them specifically for heel pain, including plantar fasciitis. They have gone through the process of selecting the best shoes for plantar fasciitis, so you know that you can find at least one shoe from the list that will help you with your recovery. Just keep in mind, with plantar fasciitis, to stay active, you must have excellent support for your arches and extra cushioning to serve as an added shock absorber for the pounding your feet receive from a day’s activities.