Plantar fasciitis affects many people in many different parts of the world. Take America, for example. It's estimated that 2,000,000 Americans suffer through this painful injury every year. That's a lot of sore feet! It's also thought that over 10% of people will experience plantar fasciitis before the end of their life. If you happen to be one of the two million, you know just how painful this condition is.

For those of you who aren't really familiar with this condition, here's a quick overview. It basically occurs when the plantar fascia that extends from your toes to your heel gets overextended. You see, this tissue is meant to bend. It contracts and expands every time you take a step and plays a big role in balance as well. Plantar fasciitis occurs when this tissue is compromised due to overextension. Little rips appear in it that cause inflammation and sharp shots of pain. If you've never experienced said pain - be thankful.

One of the best ways to both treat and prevent plantar fasciitis is by ensuring the shoes you wear are of a certain ilk and quality. In this article, we'll look at a few things you should look for when choosing shoes to treat plantar fasciitis.


One of the best ways to prevent plantar fasciitis is to get yourself a pair of shoes that fit just right. Here's why: Preventing this condition is all about keeping a healthy arch in your foot. Feet aren't meant to sit flat on the ground you see. If your shoes are too loose, there's way to much room for wiggling. If your feet are naturally flat, they'll find a way to sit flat in the shoes. This can cause over extension of the tissue and subsequent tearing and inflammation. The same thing can occur if your shoes are too tight. The foot gets cramped and ends up in a position that resembles a rainbow of sorts. You want to find a happy medium.

Getting a pair of shoes that fit isn't as simple as most people think. This is because different shoe companies use different sizing systems. This means that a Nike running shoe that happens to be a size 8 isn't the same as a size 8 New Balance shoe. Because of this, I recommend going to a shoe store that sells runners for professionals. They're usually called "Runner's World" or something like that. At stores like this, someone who knows what they are doing will actually measure your foot and provide you with a few shoe choices based on your specific foot type.


It's also very important that the shoes you use to plantar fasciitis have an excellent support system. This again, has to do with the arch in your foot. If you're using flimsy shoes with holes in the sole, you're not getting the support you need. Good shoes will force your foot into an arched position, serving to prevent over extension while running or training.

The support inside the shoe needs to be tough as well. There are quite a few runners on the market that feature foamy mid sole support. These products will not suffice. You need something that's essentially going to force your foot into a healthy arch. If your feet are stubbornly flat, they'll find a way to flatten a flimsy foam support system. Here's a quick test you can perform on a pair of shoes to see if their tough enough: Pick up one of the shoes and try to break it like a stick. If it bends easily, take a pass on this set of shoes and move on to the next ones. A good shoe will be difficult to bend.

You also want to check out the heel of the shoe to see if it offers support. If there isn't enough, your foot may slide around a lot. This is bad for the same reasons that wrong fitting shoes are bad.


The age of a shoe is also something to consider. Generally speaking, new shoes are better for your feet. I'm not saying you have to go out and buy new shoes every six months. Usually a visual inspection will tell you all you need to know about a pair of shoes. Are the soles worn down? Are they softer now than when you bought them? Are there all sorts of holes on the bottom of the shoe? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, it's probably time to get a new pair of kicks...