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Best Running Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

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Last updated: 07/11/2023

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by James McCormack

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Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common forms of running injuries and is 2.5 times more prevalent in women than men. The best treatment options for Plantar Fasciitis include strengthening exercises, insoles, stretches and supportive running shoes. 

Numerous factors influence Plantar Fasciitis when running, such as cadence, overstriding, poor footwear, calf strength and overload. Ideally, you should aim for a cadence above 171 steps per minute and in turn, this will help reduce your overstriding and ground contact time. This leads to decreased stress being placed on your heel and less Plantar fasciitis pain. 

Secondly, using the correct form of running shoes can reduce your Plantar Fasciitis pain. Based on our extensive experience in treating Plantar Fasciitis, this article will provide the best running shoes for Plantar Fasciitis.

Our Top 6 Running Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Best Asics Shoes For Plantar Fasciitis

We recommend the Asics Gel-Kayano 29 for those with moderate to severe symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis due to their high levels of cushioning, deep heel cup and stable midsole.

The Deep heel cup helps to control the ankle joint when making contact with the floor. Alongside the medial arch support, it helps control excess pronation moments associated with the irritation of Plantar Fasciitis.

The stable midsole with midfoot support controls the foot through the running cycle to prevent over-stretching of the Plantar Fascia.

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Best Hoka Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

We recommend the Hoka Rincon 3 for Plantar Fasciitis due to their EVA midsole and Metarocker.

The EVA midsole is a lightweight material used in custom insoles to control the pronation moments associated with Plantar Fasciitis.

The meta rocker reduces the stretch placed on the Plantar Fascia, which can irritate Plantar Fasciitis.

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Best New Balance Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

We recommend the Fresh Foam X 860v13 for those with Plantar Fasciitis and flat feet due to their X midsole, medial arch support, and wide fit.

The X midsole alongside the medial arch support helps to control the pronation moments associated with the cause of Plantar Fasciitis while encouraging a normal roll-through of the foot during the gait cycle.

The wide fit and the comfortable upper mesh allow the foot to spread and relax at rest.

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Best Brooks Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

We recommend the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis due to their GuideRails® support, plush cushioning and rubber sole.

The GuideRails® support helps to stabilise the ankle joint on impact to reduce excess pronation moments and ease Plantar Fasciitis discomfort.

The rubber sole and plush cushioning help to absorb impact and support the Plantar Fascia.

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Best Saucony Running Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

We recommend the Saucony Guide 16 if you have Plantar Fasciitis and a low arch height or flat feet.

Their structured cushioning helps absorb the impact forces when running or walking to protect the Plantar Fascia. At the same time, their HOLLOW-TECH guides the foot to help reduce pronation forces associated with Plantar Fasciitis.

The Guide 16 provides stability without the added bulk or weight that most other stability shoes do while maintaining a low heel drop of 8mm.

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Best Skechers for Plantar Fasciitis

We recommend the Skechers Max Cushioning Elite 2 for pain relief from severe symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis.

The lightweight Ultra Go cushion platform softens the impact on the heel when walking for pain relief from Plantar Fasciitis.

The Skechers Max Cushioning Elite 2 has a rocker sole to facilitate a smooth heel-to-toe walk and a 6mm heel drop to reduce the stretch on the Plantar Fascia when standing.

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Shoes Advice from James McCormack

This article is written by James McCormack, a Foot and Ankle Specialist who is an expert in prescribing the best running shoes for Plantar Fasciitis.

This is not medical advice. We recommend consulting with a medical professional such as James McCormack before purchasing any shoes recommended in this article. James offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments weekly and face-to-face appointments in his London clinic.

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