For many people, the pain of plantar fasciitis can make running and walking more difficult than it should be. This condition refers to stabbing pain in the plantar fascia – a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot, connecting your heel to your toes. This pain can be caused by running itself, or by being overweight, or even something as simple as inadequate support from your shoes.
Fortunately, this pain can often be alleviated by simply choosing better shoes. While any shoes that provide ample foot support, particularly in the most susceptible areas, can be considered helpful to plantar fasciitis sufferers, we have determined that the best shoes for treating should have:
- Adequate support for the bottom of your feet;
- Attractive design;
- Comfortable build;
- Durable materials and construction.
Although it can be argued that these characteristics apply to all decent shoes, some are especially important when it comes to alleviating the pain from plantar fasciitis, and possibly preventing it if you don’t already have the symptoms. There are many brands that cater to men and women individually, and even some brands that offer unisex designs. Your preferences may vary, but we have chosen two women’s shoe brands and two men’s shoe brands that are specifically helpful with your plantar fasciitis symptoms or for preventative measures.
ASICS Women’s Gel-Kayano 20 Running Shoe
All varieties are made of imported man-made materials and rubber soles. Revolutionary FluidFit multi-directional upper segment adapt to the shape of your foot, which allows for a truly customized fit. The dynamic DuoMax support system reduces the weight while increasing support and stability of the shoe. An exoskeletal heel counter gives an improved heel fit while increasing the support, and the Trusstic System in the sole offers structural integrity to the middle of your foot. Gel cushioning at the front and rear of the shoe reduce the shock during impact and push-off, as well as making the shoe move with your movements. Finally, the FluidRide midsole technology combines bounce and cushion while reducing overall weight and still maintaining durability. With ten different color combinations, you’re sure to find one that matches your individual style.
Saucony Women’s Guide 7 Running Shoe
The Saucony Women’s Guide 7 offers the customer with an alternative to the ASICS shoe.
Your exact price will depend on the size you need (they cater to narrow, average, and wide feet – these selections will be available to you when ordering) as well as the color combination you choose. Saucony does not offer as many product details as ASICS before purchasing, but we were able to determine that they come with an XT-900 carbon rubber outsole, with strategic stability zones located throughout. These stability zones target common problem areas for many athletes and addresses them to industry standards. The midsole is furnished with a PowerGrid cushioning system to absorb the shock that would otherwise be transferred through your feet during your run. Additionally, this shoe features HydraMax technology in the collar and tongue to wick moisture away from your feet – excellent when participating in longer workouts, and a great bonus feature regardless of the length of your run. These shoes are engineered with light to moderate support needs in mind, and as such are targeted toward those who want to prevent these symptoms, not toward those who have an established problem.
ASICS Men’s GEL-Nimbus 15 Running Shoe
The aesthetic design is similar to the ASICS Women’s Gel shoe, but with different color combinations and a more masculine feel. They have a man-made and mesh combination upper with a rubber sole. Unlike the Women’s Kayano 20, these do not boast the same Trusstic system, but they still offer the revolutionary heel-clutching system and gel cushioning. The Fluid Fit upper offers the same exceptional level of customized fit, with the same wonderful ComforDry sock liner that helps to wick the moisture away from your feet. For athletes who train hard, this is a necessity. ASICS offers this shoe in six different color combinations to ensure a perfect fit not only on your feet, but also in your style.
Brooks Men’s Adrenaline GTS 14 Running Shoe
These don’t offer as many color options as the previous shoes, but the options they do have are sure to match with any workout wardrobe. Element linings and mesh upper offer superior ventilation while strategically wicking away excess perspiration. The Extended Caterpillar Crash Pad allows a smooth heel-to-toe transition with full ground contact, and the Omega Flex Grooves allow for a more fluid and natural foot movement. Clearly, this outsole is designed to impress. With an adjustable saddle design, you can ensure that your shoe can target your personal problem areas, instead of simply covering those that are an issue for “most” people. If you need your shoe to focus on the features and you’re not picky about the looks, this shoe is a wonderful choice.