As an avid long-distance runner and marathon runner, I have been fortunate not to have dealt with serious injuries that have left me out of the game for a long time. However, in recent years I have occasionally become prone to mild plantar fasciitis, which has forced me to retreat and take time out to make it to the start line of the race and avoid further damage.
In case you are fortunate enough to be unfamiliar with this condition, the plantar fascia is a ligament or ligament of fascia that runs from the bottom of the calcaneus or heel to the base of the toes and supports the long arch of the foot Susan Eby, PT, MS, Owner of Eby Physical Therapy in New York City, SELF tells. The plantar fascia becomes thicker with age and with increasing body weight. This reduces the flexibility and shock absorption capacity of the belt. Plantar fasciitis is caused by repeated stress on the plantar fascia, which leads to fibrosis or scarring of the tendon.
Risk factors include tight calf muscles, obesity, repetitive effects of activities such as running, a rapid increase in physical activity, prolonged standing / walking, flat feet and very high arches.
I used to believe that overtraining and pressing in my long runs and workouts were the main contributors to my plantar fasciitis outbreaks. But as it turns out, my choice of footwear could have been an aggravating factor, not only when on the run but also when I hang around outside and work from home in my daily life. I was fortunate that rest and some home remedies always did the trick to nip that excruciating pain in the bud. But by choosing better shoes for life in general, I know that I can ward off those pesky foot pain in the future as I work to cut my marathon times shorter.
In general, the best shoes for plantar fasciitis will fit properly (i.e. not too small and wide enough to comfortably fit your foot) and have the right support. Look for shoes or orthotic inserts with solid heel cups to improve cushioning and shock absorption and prevent heel pain, says Eby. Here, we asked physical therapists and podiatrists what they think are the best shoes for plantar fasciitis (from evening shoes to athletic shoes), along with their favorite removable insoles.