[Video] The Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

The shoes you wear when you have Plantar Fasciitis are crucial to your recovery. Wearing the wrong shoes can make your pain worse and slow down the recovery. Your shoes could even be the underlying cause of your Plantar Fasciitis.

Choosing the right type of shoes not only helps reduce your pain, it can also prevent it coming back in the future!

In this video Senior Podiatrist, Justin Hogg, reveals 4 essential features to look for when choosing shoes for Plantar Fasciitis.


Hi, I'm Justin Hogg from Foot Faults Podiatry and The Running Analysis Center. Today I'm going to be talking about shoes and plantar fasciitis. I have people ask me every day in the clinic: "what shoes should I wear with my plantar fasciitis?"

The truth is is that if you get the wrong shoe with plantar fasciitis, you can make the condition worse. However, if we get the right shoe, not only can you make it better quicker, but you can also go a long way to preventing it from coming back again. Today I'm going to show you all of the features you need to look out for, to help you choose the right shoe.

If you'd like to know more about which shoes specifically can help in the reduction of pain and plantar fasciitis and please stick around until the end and we'll tell you where you can find a useful resource with the list of these shoes. If you'd like to learn more about plantar fasciitis, the please head over to our website where we've got lots of useful resources.

So what features are important within a shoe to help your pain and plantar fasciitis? There's a number of different things that we look at and it also depends a lot on what you need to wear for work or in social settings. So we'll talk fairly generally.

1. Heel height
The first thing is heel height. A slight heel really benefits plantar fasciitis because it reduces the stretching your calf and the stretch on your plantar fascia.

2. Support
The second thing that we recommend is support. Often people that have plantar fasciitis will be wearing non-supportive footwear. This includes slip on shoes, like ballet flats or slip on slippers, without laces that can stretch and give reduced support to the foot and the arch. We recommend finding shoes that have support in the way of laces or a velcro strap, which can be tightened and really pull up that arch of the foot, so that it doesn't become such an issue.

3. In-built arch support
The third feature is inbuilt arch support. If you can have arch support within your shoes. Some shoes, for example, Birkenstock or Orthaheel, will have this feature built in. This provides improved support to your foot and arch. So definitely look out for that!

4. Cushioning
The fourth and final feature is cushioning. Always looked for cushioning in your shoes. Often plantar fasciitis sufferers will be wearing thin, flat, hard old worn shoes when what you really need is lots of nice cushioning and sponginess underneath the heel to reduce that pressure in the heel.

So to recap, what we're looking for is extra height under the heel, increased support in the way of laces or Velcro straps (avoid slip on shoes), inbuilt arch support and extra cushioning under the heel. If you can get all of these features in your shoes, then you'll definitely be on the way to getting rid of your pain much quicker. If you'd like to know more about which shoes we recommend to our patients that have plantar fasciitis, then please head over to the plantar fasciitis page on our website.

Thank you very much for watching our video. I'm Justin Hogg, Director and Senior Podiatrists at Foot Faults Podiatry and The Running Analysis Center. I hope this has been useful and look forward to seeing you soon.