Plantar fasciitis is a common and persistent strain injury that causes a burning pain, in the heel or arch of the foot. Sometimes, with a few stretching exercises, a little rest, and perhaps a good pair of orthotics, the condition goes away, but not always. For the more severe cases, one of the first and most effective treatment options doctors suggest is proper shoes. Footwear can be directly related to foot pain and plantar fasciitis. This means that the right footwear can greatly affect your pain level as well as your speed of recovery. But what exactly is the right footwear? To answer that question, we’ve made a list of what to look for in a shoe if you suffer from plantar fasciitis.
- 1. Probably the most important quality is a supportive arch. A good arch support helps relieve pain by supporting the foot, reducing overprontion, and thus reducing the tension on the fascia.
- 2. A deep heel cup with adjustable cushioning - The right heel cup protects the heel bone and controls pronation and supination.
- 3. Adequate cushioning – Make sure the shoes have an excellent cushioning system to absorb the impact when the heel hits the ground.
- 4. Flexibility - Another important quality. A shoe should bend gradually and offer some resistance. If there is no resistance and no flexibility when bending, the shoe cannot protect the feet.
Where can you find this type of shoe? A good place to start is by looking at Orthofeet’s selection of shoes that were specifically designed for sufferers of plantar fasciitis. Orthofeet uses a unique cushioning system engineered with advanced orthotic insoles that support and cushion the feet. Click here to learn more.