Since plantar fasciitis and heel pain is such a common complaint for runners, we wanted to share our knowledge of the best running shoes to combat these problems. Running puts a great deal of pressure on the feet, knees, and ankles, which means that shoes must be able to provide shock-absorption and stability. Whether you are a causal jogger or an elite runner, choosing the best running shoes is essential.

best running shoes for plantar fasciitis and heel painThat’s why we have created a free recommended shoe list download that can be used as the definitive guide. To create the list, we reviewed shoes to find the ones that resolve the problems that our patients with plantar fasciitis and heel pain complain about the most.

We found that the best running shoes must be stable, with firm heel counters and firm midsoles. This includes having a removable sock liner so that a prefabricated or custom orthotics can be added. This is helpful for keeping the arches firmly supported and taking pressure off the heel area. The use of orthotics also removes tension off of the plantar fascia and reduces the build-up of inflammation.

In addition, if heel pain is a continuous problem when running or even walking, it’s important to seek treatment by following our heel pain protocol or visiting your local podiatrist and being evaluated. Plantar fasciitis can become chronic and difficult to treat, but wearing running shoes from our free list can be helpful.

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Dr. Douglas S. Hale

Specialist in foot and ankle biomechanics/orthotics and reconstructive surgery at Foot and Ankle Center of Washington
Douglas S. Hale, DPM, is an advisor for the International Foot & Ankle Foundation for Education and Research. He graduated with honors from both Tulane University School of Engineering and the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. His engineering background gives him a unique perspective treating your problem biomechanically or surgically and believes in doing what is best for your medical condition. If all options for treating your problem “biomechanically” are exhausted, he provides the same level of capability and experience with surgical solutions.
Dr. Douglas S. Hale

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