All Things Plantar Fasciitis
One of the easiest ways to address the pain associated with plantar fascia strain is to reduce the pressure exerted on your feet. This can be done by ensuring that you are using the right type of shoes for your foot structure. Since there is no shoe that would be best for everyone, here are some things to consider when buying your shoes.
- Support to the arch and heel is critical to ease any pain you are feeling in your feet. Shoes with a closed heel can reduce the pain caused by plantar fasciitis; combining this with a supportive insole that has a good arch will go a long way in decreasing the frequency of pain.
- Firm soles are better. There is a notion that flexible soles can provide better support and flexibility, however, the reality is that firm soles are better for those with plantar fasciitis because it controls the range of motion and aligns the foot with the ankle to limit overstretching.
- Adequate toe rocker should go with the firm sole. This is to make sure that enough forward movement can be achieved with every stride. Toe rockers are a must when shopping for running shoes. The toe rockers should have an upward curve to prevent plantar fascia overstretching.
- Shoes with elevated heels and rocker soles are also desirable. Heels that are at least an inch high can help to ease the pressure exerted on the heels of your feet. Make sure that the rocker sole allows the shoe to rock forward. Keep in mind that shoes with flat heels transfer most of your body weight to your heels also, resulting in increased pressure on your plantar fascia. Better cushioning should also be considered to minimise the impact absorption as your heel meets the ground.
- Slip-ons fit loosely on your foot, which means there is not enough support. Look for lace-up, or Velcro shoes at can be adjusted to give your feet additional support.