Plantar Fasciitis, also referred to as joggers’ heel or tennis heel, is a common foot condition known for causing foot pain, especially when getting out of bed in the morning. Approximately 10% of the population suffers from plantar fasciitis, with many others likely going undiagnosed. You can treat Plantar Fasciitis with medical intervention and remain active, but in order to do so, lifestyle changes along with choosing the best tennis shoes for plantar fasciitis are important.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis may include burning sensation, stiffness, swelling/inflammation, tenderness or sharp pain under the heel. Pain is typically worse in the morning, especially when first getting out of bed.
In this blog post, you can find:
- - What causes plantar fasciitis?
- - How should I choose sneakers for plantar fasciitis?
- - Best women’s tennis shoes for plantar fasciitis for 2021
- - Best men’s tennis shoes for plantar fasciitis for 2021
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It supports the arch, while connecting the heel area to the toes. This band of fibers can degenerate over time, causing irritation, inflammation and stiffness along the bottom of the foot, particularly in the area under the heel.
Some contributing factors, which may increase your likelihood of developing Plantar Fasciitis, include:
- • Being overweight
- • High arches
- • Intense, repetitive or extended physical activity (especially running)
- • Wearing improperly fitted and/or unsupportive footwear
- • Living an active lifestyle over 40 years old
- • Stiff or tight calf muscles which cause difficulty flexing the feet
- • Arthritis
How Can I Stay Active and Improve My Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms?
With some lifestyle and footwear adjustments, it is absolutely possible to live pain free and minimize plantar fasciitis, even while maintaining an active lifestyle.
Regular stretching, along with anti-inflammatories as needed, such as ibuprofen or turmeric, can help relieve symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis. It’s important to listen to your body and not push through sharp pain. Choosing proper orthotics and footwear to support and cushion the foot are essential to alleviating symptoms and preventing them from returning.
How Should I Choose Sneakers For Plantar Fasciitis?
Choosing the best shoes that help with plantar fasciitis is critical for feeling better on your feet. Since improper footwear can contribute to plantar fasciitis pain, it’s important to choose shoes that offer features that give your feet the support they need. The best shoes for plantar fasciitis should offer:
- • Arch support to offer support and encourage proper alignment
- • Superior cushioning for added comfort and shock absorption
- • Deep heel cup to prevent slipping and protect the heel bone
- • Ergonomic sole – The best running shoes for plantar fasciitis should be designed with an ergonomic sole, which propels the foot forward, supporting proper gait and minimizing impact.
- • Firm heel counter to protect the heel and prevent slipping when running
- • Roomy toe box to allow toes wiggle room in the front of the shoe
- • Extra depth to accommodate orthotics
Orthofeet offers a unique selection of running shoes for plantar fasciitis, which include the features listed above. Orthofeet tennis shoes are designed with the unique Ortho-Cushion System™ engineered with built in orthotic insoles to provide additional cushioning and support, so you can be sure you can remain active while feeling great on your feet.
Our Picks For The Best Women’s Tennis Shoes For Plantar Fasciitis
Orthofeet’s Coral women’s lace up sneakers incorporate cutting edge footwear technologies to help alleviate pain and pressure, making them a top choice for the best tennis shoes for plantar fasciitis.
Coral’s multi-layer construction incorporates a premium orthotic insole designed to reduce over pronation, plantar fasciitis and other common foot pain. The footbed places the foot in optimal neutral positioning to align the feet and body properly, while air and foam cushioning pockets disperse shock forces during impact. The antimicrobial footbed cover utilizes an anti-microbial fabric to wick away moisture, keeping feet clean, cool and dry.
The wide toe box and soft, 4 way stretch uppers create a supportive, yet pressure free environment that allows for maximum toe movement, making Coral ideal for those who may have bunions, hammertoes, arthritis, neuropathy, diabetes or swollen feet. The stretchable uppers will innovatively conform to the contours of your specific feet.
Coral’s protective interior offers a soft, seam free lining that eliminates pressure points and friction against the skin. The soft, padded collar at the heel helps to prevent feet from slipping in your shoes, while offering cushioned support at the back of the heel.
Orthofeet’s Tahoe women’s athletic shoes offer exceptional comfort and a unique Tie-Less Lacing System that eliminates the need for tying laces. The combination of laces and straps on both sides of the sneaker make them quick and easy to take on and off. Plus, you get the look of an athletic lace up shoe! This is the prefect style if you have difficulty bending down or have limited mobility in your hands such as arthritis.
Tahoe tennis shoes include premium, removable orthotic insoles with superior arch support, an antimicrobial topcover and an air pocket with foam cushioning to alleviate pain and absorb shock.
The seam free linings, non-binding uppers and wide toe box ensure that feet are protected and pressure is minimized within the sneaker.
The cushioned, ergonomic sole helps to propel feet forward, encouraging proper gait, reducing pain and adding spring to your step. Tahoe is considered one of the best running shoes for plantar fasciitis.
Tahoe is truly a unique shoe as it can fit almost any size foot. It is available from narrow width all the way up to extra extra wide!
Orthofeet’s Verve has a unique, customizable fit system that ensures your feet have all the support they need to feel their best. The Tie-less lace system combines laces and straps on both sides of the shoe, which eliminates the need for tying laces. A state-of-the-art heel strap allows you to adjust the grip around the heel for a fully customized fit.
Verve includes premium insoles that feature an antimicrobial topcover to keep feet healthy and clean. The insole’s air pocket and foam cushioning minimize pain from plantar fasciitis, while the premier orthotic insoles built in the shoes provide arch support and properly align the feet and lower body. It also plays an important part in the gait cycle when walking or running. When you push off, the toes flex back which causes the fascia to tighten and raises the arch to stabilize the foot for propulsion.
The sneaker features a seam-free interior, non-binding uppers and a wide toe box to protect and support feet, while allowing for proper movement. It works well for narrow heels, wide feet, Edema and to accommodate braces and AFO’s that need the extra space around the heel area
Our Picks For The Best Men’s Tennis Shoes For Plantar Fasciitis
Orthofeet’s Lava men’s athletic shoes are engineered to help you remain active and pain free. Customers love this shoe because of the highly stretchable uppers with a soft, foam padded heel and interior that enhance comfort and protection. Thanks to the unique materials, the Lava style is breathable and allows air flow to circulate around the foot, perfect for summer days or feet that are prone to sweating.
Protective, seam-free linings and a wide toe box support proper foot movement while reducing friction to create a relaxed, comfortable fit. Sensitive feet with diabetes, neuropathy or arthritis can walk confidently and with complete protection.
The removable anatomical orthotic insole is constructed with an air pocket under the heel, foam cushioning under the foot and a soft, breathable top cover that wicks away moisture to keep feet clean and dry.
Lava men’s athletic shoes are built on a lightweight ergonomic sole that makes them super light on your feet. The superior cushioning helps propel the foot forward with minimal joint motion to add spring to your step. This is especially helpful for those who suffer from arthritis and greatly benefit from less exertion.
Sprint Gray Tie-Less and Heel Strap Men’s Sneakers incorporate an anatomical orthotic that supports the arch and plantar fascia, relieving the strain placed on it. In addition, they cradle the heel and prevent the foot from pronating and improve big toe joint function making them an excellent option for those with plantar fasciitis.
Orthofeet’s Tie-Less Lacing System creates a sleek athletic lace look with hidden hook and loop tabs to enable fastening lace-up shoes. You will only have to tie your laces once and from then on, use the discreet straps to fasten and unfasten them quickly. The closure on the interior side of the shoes makes these especially helpful for those who have difficulty bending down or tying laces.
Even though Sprint is available in a multitude of widths, a hook and loop strap at the heel allows for further customization of fit, reducing friction and slippage inside the shoe for enhanced comfort and performance.
A seam-free lining, along with a soft, padded forefoot and heel collar, stretchable mesh upper and a high, wide toe box create unmatched protection and support for the foot.
The mild rocker bottom sole helps gradually transfer weight from the heel to the forefoot without increased pressure on the metatarsals. Your feet will enjoy a “walking on a cloud” experience, making Sprint the best tennis shoes for plantar fasciitis.
Sorrento Outdoor Men’s Shoes are lightweight shoes that offer comfort and protection for those who enjoy time outdoors.
Made with a durable water resistant upper and toe guard, they will be your go-to tennis shoes for plantar fasciitis at any terrain. The metal grommets are heavy duty and offer extra reinforcement for feet that constantly move about for a secure hold.
The soft, protective interior is constructed with seam-free linings to eliminate pressure points and friction against the skin even after a long adventurous day on your feet.
Foam padding at the heel and along the forefoot of the shoes offers additional cushioning and support, while creating a relaxed, comfortable fit.
The stretchable uppers, along with the deep, wide toe box provide extra room for toe movement while alleviating pressure on bunions and hammertoes.
Misalignment of the feet and body that occurs as you age, puts strain and stress, leading to discomfort and the start of foot problems such as plantar fasciitis. This is where the removable anatomical orthotic insole comes into play. The supportive design ensures your arch is at its maximal height and the fascia is not stretched and elongated, minimizing pain.
The multiple layers of shock absorbing materials along with the strategically placed air pockets helps eliminate heel pain usually experienced with plantar fasciitis.
Sorrento Outdoor Men’s Shoes are designed with an optimal heel to toe drop with a slightly curved and ergonomic sole to promote efficiency during walking or other activities. We guarantee your feet will want to keep going and going.