If you are an avid runner like me, you probably know about plantar fasciitis. This is when the plantar fascia is stretched too far, by too much unprotected impact of the foot. Most runners know that if they are going to avoid the pain of plantar fasciitis, they must invest in the best running shoes with active support. If you already have plantar fasciitis, it’s likely you do not have enough support for your ankles, arches, heels and Achilles tendon.
What Features do the Best Running Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis Have?
This is a huge topic, so much so I wrote a huge guide covering all the different aspects you need to watch out for when choosing the right shoes for your condition. If you don’t have time to read that first, let me lay out the short version for you now:
If you are already suffering from the condition, you need to get shoes that have an extra layer or two of shock absorption, to counteract the constant hitting of the feet on pavement or the ground. Just like with an automobile, if you have good shock absorption, you have a much smoother ride. The same is true for your feet. Strong support of the ankles and arches of the feet is also preferred. If your feet are held in the correct position, the fasciitis will eventually heal, because your arches are not over stretching.
Cheap Shoes that are made with cheap materials are unlikely to give you the support you need to run on a regular basis, so be prepared to spend more money for good shoes. They will feel stronger than cheaper shoes, and be less flexible. Having soft, pliable shoes is not what you want for running with plantar fasciitis. The first thing any good shoe outlet staff will recommend is a sturdier shoe, while the soft and squishy soles are comfortable to wear they won’t be after a few miles covered ground.
The Best Running Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
There are many running shoes on the market, but finding the best shoe is critical for preventing plantar fasciitis and recovering from it. The best shoes are covered below, first up, my personal daily runners The Brooks adrenaline GTS:
Brooks Adrenaline GTS (10+ styles)
This shoe has a segmented midsole for a smoother feel. It does this by enhancing the heel to midfoot transmission. They are great for runners with plantar fasciitis and are good for walking, standing and running. These are my personal favorites, and I’ve already worn through two pairs running and hiking around Tennessee Valley.
Not convinced yet?Check out brooks’ own video on these amazing shoes:
Asics GEL Nimbus (15+ colors)
This is one of the leading brands of running shoes. They have a great fit., with added cushioning, and stability. They come with FluidRide midsoles for added shock absorption. They are comfortable, durable and a good shoe if you have high arches.
New Balance 1080v10 Fresh Foam
This shoe looks nice and has a standard EVA foam for cushioning. It protects your feet from high impact hits and is helpful for most foot types. It might just be simply a thick foam sole, yet it does what it is supposed to do. These are good shoes for those who are carrying a few extra pounds after the holidays (keep running!)
Asics Gel Kayano
This one comes with FluidFit which combine stretch reinforcements for a customized fit. DuoMax support enhances stability. It provides a combination of stability and cushioning and enhances the natural gait.
Saucony Freedom ISO (10+ styles)
This is a lightweight shoe with a lower heel to toe drop. It has a wider space for the toes than most shoes. It gives solid traction, and because it is lightweight, it is great for marathoners.
The GT2000 (2) are designed to be lighter with an “Impact Guidance System” to improve your gait. It is a great fit, with exceptional midsole and solid heel support.
Brooks Ghost (20+ styles)
The shoe is ranked one of the best shoes for plantar fasciitis. It provides excellent cushioning and works well for any size runner. It is good for people with flat feet and moderate over-pronators. It provides top level support.
Asics Gel Exalt
The Rarefoot Gel cushioning is what attracts people to this shoe. It disperses shock on impact. The Trusstic System helps retain structural integrity. These shoes are less expensive than most, but still do the job.
This is a very highly rated shoe for men with plantar fasciitis. The stability zones offer added support and functionality. This is a good choice for long distance running.
There a many different brands and models of running shoes available, however, the ones mentioned here are some of the top rated in the group. Keep in mind that you need to start your running program with very good running shoes. It can help prevent you from even getting plantar fasciitis.
If you do get the condition, though it means you need to upgrade your shoes. Based on your foot type, you will do well to consider one of the shoes talked about here. Manufacturer’s continue to make new versions and upgrade their shoes, so stay informed about new shoes coming onto the market, and remember that supporting the heels and arches, along with adding a shock absorber are the main factors for success.
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