Whether Searching For Style or Function, a Podiatrist Shares His Picks

Have you stood up from the couch and felt a very uncomfortable pain under your foot near your heal? If you said yes, you are not alone. This pain is all too common and excruciating and is known as plantar fasciitis.  When you take a step, it often sends shock throughout the entire bottom of the foot as the tissue (plantar fascia) that runs from the heel to the toes is inflamed. If you have the plantar fasciitis, you are not alone. We sat down with our resident podiatrist, Dr. Nick Romansky of Healthmark Foot and Ankle to discuss the best shoes for women suffering from plantar fasciitis. 

Let’s talk about specific features to look for when purchasing shoes. 

 

Running Shoe Feature Checklist:

  • High firm heel counter in sneakers 
  • Mesh toebox
  • Removable insole
  • Neutral running shoe w/ cushioning
  • Try on multiple brands of running shoes. 
  • Critical! Go by fit NOT size- “The sizing is off in the shoe industry. So many people get caught up in what size they are or have been. Often sizing is off due to shoe mold changes, and you need a larger size,” stated Dr. Romansky. 

What to consider-

The checklist is essential, as is it both accommodates and controls hypermobility of the foot. Those with flat feet are often prone to plantar fasciitis. If you do have flat feet, running shoe brands have specific shoes designed for this, and why visiting a running store for a proper fit is a good idea. 

Final thoughts – 

If you like a particular running shoe brand, stay with it. When you have found a fit that is right for your foot, stay with it versus getting caught up in having the latest or greatest or the brand new style that came out. 

Last, make sure the sneaker you choose is not too controlling, as this may cause more problems with plantar fasciitis or add new issues.

 

Slip-on Shoe Feature Checklist:

  • Deep heel cup
  • Arch support
  • Avoid flat slippers
  • Search for slip-on shoes that have a metatarsal bar or rise behind toes or metatarsal heads.
  • Small heel.

What to consider-

Typically regular slippers are too flat and do not offer enough arch support. “I cannot stress enough how important a small heel is. You want the front of the shoe to be lower than the heel side.”

 

Now the list we have been waiting for. Shoes!

(Listed in no particular order)

Other considerations-

A closed-back heel on slip-on shoes is better than an open back heel, as it cups your heel better.

“The most important thing about Plantar Fasciitis is to be sure it is not self-diagnosed. The condition is very much over-diagnosed and missed diagnosed. There are many causes of heel and foot pain. Don’t assume automatically it is plantar fasciitis,” Dr. Romansky encourages.

You can have comfort and style in shoes to support you.