How to Prevent Sharp Pain in the Bottom of the Heels – The Best Women’s Sneakers for Heel Pain!

Women's Heel Pain

Have you been experiencing a sharp pain below one or both of your heels? Does the pain intensify every morning when you wake up?

There are many reasons why women experience heel pain, but if you are experiencing a sharp, stabbing pain that occurs when you get out of bed in the morning or after you have been sitting for a long time, then it’s highly likely that you are experiencing a foot condition called Plantar fasciitis.

These conditions usually occur to women who put a lot of stress on their feet and heels, but it can actually happen to anyone, regardless of their physical fitness level.

Before you jump the gun and start considering surgery as your solution for heel pain, let me show you a cost effective and less invasive alternative. Please note that your feet will never be the same after surgery, and the pain might actually reappear.

The good news is that Plantar fasciitis can be treated by wearing the correct type of sneakers. Certain sneakers are going to cushion your heels and help minimize the impact that your heels take when they come in contact with the ground.

This is where I come into play since I know which shoe styles provide better heel support from having fitted before.

I have helped hundreds of women with heel pain find the perfect pair of shoes to significantly reduce or fully eliminate their pain.  I have been working for a specialized shoe store for the last 10 years in which we specialize in women with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.

I know which shoe styles provide targeted support around the heels, and will prevent them from getting irritated. In addition to finding a pair of shoes to properly support and protect your heels, we need the shoes to fit the shape of your feet perfectly.

Women’s feet come in all different shapes and sizes. I have seen women with narrow feet and high insteps, or women with extra wide feet and narrow heels. Whichever your foot shape might be, the shoes that I am going to recommend are available in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide, and they also provide extra depth to accommodate a high instep.

I am always explaining to women how it doesn’t matter how supportive their shoes are, if they are not the correct size (length and width), then they won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.

If you are unsure of your exact foot size, please start by reading another article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your exact foot size from home:

How To Measure Your Foot Shoe Size – The Most Simple And Effective Way!

Before I provide you with a selection of the best shoes for women who are experiencing a sharp pain on the bottom of their heels, let me show you the 2 key features that your sneakers must provide.

Shoes For Women With Heel Pain

Sneakers for Heel Pain – The 2 Most Important Features!

✅ Extra Cushion: Certain sneakers provide targeted cushion around the heel area, either through GEL or ROLLBAR stability technology. The more cushion there is around the heels the more impact absorption that the shoes are going to provide.

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✅ Firm Heel Counter: Shoes that provide firm heel counters are extremely effective in treating and preventing heel pain. Always press on the heel counter of the shoes before buying them and make sure it feels firm.

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Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best shoes for women with heel pain. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Shoes for Women with Heel Pain: Option 1

This shoe style works best for women with narrow or medium width feet. If you happen to have wide or extra wide feet, please scroll down to check a different choice.

Women love this shoe style because it provides excellent support but it’s lightweight and flexible at the same time.

Asics is known for manufacturing shoes with infused gel, which helps support the feet and keep them comfortable while running or performing high impact activities. Another awesome feature of this particular shoe style is that it’s designed with seamless materials and construction techniques to keep runners free from uncomfortable pressure points or chafing.

Number 1: Asics GEL Kayano 25 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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This shoe style fits “true to size” which means that you need to order half a size longer (3/8 of an inch or 0.6 centimeters) to prevent your toes from rubbing against the front of the shoes.

Let’s see what other women who already have tried this shoe style have to stay:

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The Best Shoes for Women with Heel Pain: Option 2

This shoe style is going to work for women with medium, wide, or extra wide feet. This shoe style is also extremely effective in accommodating women with high insteps.

For women with Plantar fasciitis, these running shoes offer a great amount of cushioning and feel like natural shock absorbers when your feet come in contact with the ground.

This shoe style is perfect for women with wide or extra wide feet, since in addition to being available in wide (“W”) and extra wide (“XW”) widths, the shoe comes with a round toe-box and provides extra depth.

Number 2: New Balance 990V5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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This shoe style fits “true to size”, which means that you need to order half a size longer (3/8 of an inch or 0.6 centimeters) to prevent your toes from rubbing against the front of the shoes.

Let’s see what other women who already have tried this shoe style have to stay:

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The Best Shoes for Women with Heel Pain: Option 3

This shoe style is going to work for women with narrow, medium or wide feet only.

Like I mentioned before, Asics manufactures their shoes with Gel technology, which helps support the feet and keep them comfortable while running or performing high impact activities.

This particular shoe style provides a Rearfoot GEL Cushioning System, which helps attenuate shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance.

Number 3: GT-2000 7 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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This shoe style fits “true to size”, which means that you need to order half a size longer (3/8 of an inch or 0.6 centimeters) to prevent your toes from rubbing against the front of the shoes.

Let’s see what other women who already have tried this shoe style have to stay:

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There you have it, the top 3 best women’s sneakers to help treat and prevent heel pain!

If you happen to try any of these 3 shoe styles and your pain persists, then I recommend fitting a heel cup or an orthotic for extra support inside your shoes. All of these 3 shoe styles are capable of accommodating an orthotic since they provide extra depth and come with removable insoles. While I can’t get into too much detail about the best heels cups and orthotics for heel pain, you can refer to the articles below:

The Best Heel Cups for Plantar Fasciitis — Treat and Prevent Your Heel Pain!

The Best Orthotics for Women – Stop your Foot and Leg Pain!

I have written several different articles that describe the best shoes for women with heel pain, so please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style: comfortablewomenshoes@gmail.com

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