People suffering from plantar fasciitis don’t need to be told how painful it is, but they need to know that the right pair of running shoes can alleviate or even remove this great discomfort forever.
The best walking shoes for plantars fasciitis are designed to provide good cushioning and support over the entire foot area.
What are the best running shoes for those suffering from plantar fasciitis?
If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, you know better than me that pain cannot be ignored, no matter how hard you try, sooner or later it will force you to stop.
If you do not suffer but want to know more, here is a brief summary: the plantar fascia connects the heel with the toes and acts as a real shock absorber: it extends and tightens to compensate for any pressure on the arch of the foot.
However, if this ligament is subjected to great stress, it can tear and become inflamed, giving rise to plantar fasciitis.
In this article I will list you the best 6 running shoes for those suffering from plantar fasciitis:
1. New Balance 1080
These New Balance plantar fasciitis shoes, in addition to providing great support for those suffering from fasciitis, are able to offer great performance for running.
Thanks in fact to the asymmetrical heel to keep the foot in position, to the removable insole, to the breathable lining, to the light frame and to the good cushioning of the heel, the New Balance 1080 are able to absorb shocks well and provide great comfort.
2. Asics Gel Nimbus
Some say that with the Nimbus it almost seems to “run on the air”.
This is because the Asics Gel Nimbus running shoes are designed specifically to provide great comfort and the necessary support especially in the area where there is most need: the heel.
Add to these features also great traction on almost every type of terrain, a wide range of colors and a truly elegant design.
3. Mizuno Wave Rider
The Mizuno Wave Riders are neither too heavy, nor too light, they guarantee good support for plantar fasciitis but do not lose in flexibility.
Furthermore, they are available in many shades and colors.
They are ideal for beginners, for heavy runners (even over 90kg) and for those who have rather wide soles.
4. Asics Gel Kayano
Another Asics running shoe? You will ask yourself!
Well, yes, Asics is among the best manufacturers of running shoes and in its wide range there are several shoes ideal for those suffering from plantar fasciitis.
The Asics Gel Kayano are among the best known in the world of running, and are designed specifically to provide great support and cushioning in the two versions: male and female.
I recommend this shoe to those who need maximum stability during training for long races like marathons or half marathons.
5. Saucony Triumph ISO
Another great option for plantar fasciitis shoes is the Saucony Triumph ISO.
The peculiarity of these shoes lies in their aesthetics: they have a really “extreme” design and absurd colors (Saucony has recently released the “slime” color).
Apart from this small bracket, the Triumph ISOs have an 8 mm heel and an ISOFIT upper that adapts to the shape of the foot for greater comfort and personalized support.
The only downside is in the durability of the sole: some testers have in fact revealed that the longevity of the sole is not eternal as in most competitors, but generally the response has been good.
6. Nike Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis Revolution
A few months ago a friend consulted a few reviews on shoes for plantar fasciitis, happened on the Nike Revolution and asked me what I thought.
He is not a runner, but works at the factory, stands all day and suffers from almost unbearable foot pain.
After buying them, he told me that his life has changed (I swear, I’m not exaggerating!). He stands at the foot for hours and hours without feeling any more pain.
The shoes are comfortable, not at all expensive, and show no sign of wear after months.
I read online that some complained that they were ruining too much. Maybe after a few months it’s possible, but in the meantime, it’s a pleasure to wear.
If you’re looking for a pair of Nike shoes for plantar fasciitis, Revolution is the perfect choice.
Maximum support for the bow
This is the most important element of all.
No matter what other characteristics the shoe has or how cheap it is: without adequate support for the arch, plantar fasciitis will not go away, and will continue to deteriorate.
This will only further aggravate the situation and make your every day more painful than the previous one.
With the right pair of shoes for plantar fasciitis, not only will you have better performance in terms of sport, but you will no longer have to deal with pain.
Depending on how sharp your fascitis is, you can choose between different levels of arch support: if your pain is acute, avoid low arches and choose running shoes with good support for the bow.
Better shock absorption
Absorbing the shock of foot contact with the ground is the main job of the arch of the foot.
Once the bow flattens out, it loses all its functionality.
The runners realize it every time that, instead of bouncing like a spring, the foot seems to fade and collapse with every step.
The worst part is pain: the bow is no longer able to absorb the impact of the foot on the ground and all the shock is directed to the heel and to the sole of the foot.
A pair of running shoes for plantar fasciitis must offer great shock absorption.
Here we are at the end of this long article on shoes for plantar fasciitis.
If you want to know more, read the article about the best flat-foot or wide-plant running shoes.
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