The Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

The most common type of foot pain that requires a doctor or podiatrist visit is plantar fasciitis, which affects 1 in 10 people. Those who spend a lot of time on their feet may develop Plantar Fasciitis.  This can also occur if you do a lot of walking, running, or standing if you’re not used to it.

The plantar fasciitis condition is caused by an inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes, where the fascia becomes irritated, then inflamed, resulting in heel pain.

The best shoes for plantar fasciitis

In most cases, the pain will subside over time. ‘Fascia’ tissue, like ‘ligament’ tissue, heals quite slowly. Several months may pass before the tissue is completely healed. Footwear with cushioned heels and good arch support is recommended to ease the pain and reduce the risk of recurrence. The ‘AWP’ and ‘Dynamic’ recovery shoes feature built-in shock-absorbing heel and arch support, meaning you won’t need inserts.

From ice packs and foam rollers to exercises and stretches, there are a variety of treatments available, but wearing proper footwear can have a big impact on recovery times and everyday comfort.

AWP - The best shoes for plantar fasciitis

Shock absorption and postural support are the key elements here. When walking, good shock absorption disperses some of the force of heels hitting the ground, and when standing, it disperses pressure. Because PLS Medical footwear is designed for professionals who spend considerable time on their feet, all styles feature excellent shock absorption.

The best shoe for plantar fasciitis is one that provides good postural support. In addition to holding the foot in the correct position, styles such as the AWP (pictured) and Dynamic also promote good posture. Both of these styles feature patented heel inserts that hold the foot in the proper ergonomic position for maximum support. Oxypas’s fully-compliant ‘Oxyva’ is an excellent choice for wide feet.

Apart from treating and relieving plantar fasciitis, our customers also tell us that AWP, Dynamic, and Oxyva shoes are effective in reducing the symptoms of other common aches and pains, as well as in recovering from injury. Our recovery footwear styles can be viewed on our website.

The best shoes for plantar fasciitis are those that include excellent shock absorption.

Walking exerts a force up to three times your body weight on your feet. Consequently, a person weighing 670 newtons (150 pounds) would experience a force of up to 2300 newtons (525 pounds). These forces can add up to hundreds of tonnes in the course of the day. A good shock absorber reduces impact and protects the feet by absorbing this energy at the heel. 


For those with foot, leg or back pain, we recommend our new unisex styles ‘Kassie’ and ‘Dominique’. They feature anatomic removable memory foam insoles and SJ Comfort footbeds in addition to excellent energy absorption.

Kassie is a comfortable trainer with excellent heel energy absorption and anatomically designed memory foam insoles for added comfort. As the Kassie is lightweight and breathable, your feet will feel just as good at the end of the day as they did when you first put them on.

Dominique Memory Foam Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Featuring an air unit for added cushioning, the Dominique is an ultra-comfortable memory foam trainer. In addition to the SJ Comfort footbed, the memory foam insole and the air unit provide the ‘Dominique’ with optimal shock absorption. Other styles with the air unit include the ‘Ela’ for ladies and the ‘Justin’ for men. Designed for people who spend a lot of time on their feet, all of our styles are designed for maximum comfort. You can view our full range of footwear styles here.

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