By understanding what plantar fasciitis is and what risk factors can contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis, we can understand better what is needed to find shoes that help with plantar fasciitis pain. Proper shoes are one of the more important ways to reduce pain and promote healing.

Tips for Finding Shoes that Help with Plantar Fasciitis

Arch Support

Firm cushioned support to the mid area of the shoe. You don’t want to much firmness. Having too much firmness in the arch can put pressure on the plantar fascia thus causing more pain, therefore it does need good cushioning.

Heel Cushion

At least 10 mm thickness. The goal here is to reduce the load on the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon by providing more support to the heel of the foot.

Firm Toe Section

Firm toe section that is fairly in flexible helps reduce toe extension, through the windlass mechanism. Toe extension stretches on the plantar fascia, thus causing further injury.

Here is an explanation of the Windlass Mechanism  of the foot

In summary you want a rigid shoe that has some cushioning and room for the toes. The goal is to help reduce movement in the foot so it has time to heal the plantar fascia.

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