Have you found yourself experiencing heel pain? Moreover, have you ever been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis?
Pay close attention if you are suddenly limping or walking on your toes, because those might be signs that you have plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.
I have been working at a family shoe store for over 10 years where we evaluate children, women and men with foot issues and I’ve helped them find the right pair of shoes and orthotics.
Did you know that shoes that don’t provide the correct amount of heel support are one of the most common causes why women experience heel pain?
I was motivated to create this article since I have been contacted by a great number of women who were experiencing ankle or heel pain and they didn’t know what to do about this pain.
There are certain shoe styles that come with a firm heel counter and a substantial sole that provides schock absorption that will help reduce or fully eliminate your heel pain.
Women most of the times have hectic routines and find themselves jogging, running or walking quite often on a daily basis. This high impact movements, without a treatment, may lead to a long-lasting heel pain, even for years!
When women come to the shoe store experiencing heel pain, my FIRST STEP is to check the shoes that they are currently wearing and press on the heel counter of the shoes.
Wearing the correct type of shoes is one of the most effective ways to prevent heel pain, and I am here to provide you with a selection of shoes that will greatly reduce, or fully eliminate your heel pain.
So, if you are a woman experiencing heel pain you will find this article very useful, since I will describe below the best shoes for women with heel pain.
The Main Reasons Why You Might Be Experiencing Heel Pain
When women experience ankle or heel pain, it’s mostly because they are not wearing the correct pair of shoes, but it could also be due to having flat feet or rolled ankles.
Plantar fasciitis does remain the most common cause of heel pain for women.
You might be wondering, what is the main cause for Plantar Fasciitis?
The cause is not entirely clear, but most physical and occupational therapists agree that it might be due to the repeated minor trauma that your feet take when they are involved in high-impact sports or activities such as long-distance running, jumping activities, ballet dancing and aerobic dance, just to name a few examples.
Most physical and occupational therapists also agree that Plantar Fasciitis may also occur when a woman that is very active wears unsupportive shoes with a soft heel counter, and that also have poor shock absorbency or minimal arch support.
I have noticed that heel pain normally occurs when our feet are repeatedly putting pressure on hard surfaces. This added stress on your feet in these situations makes heel pain to worsen over time. I have also noticed how women who are overweight are more likely to experience heel pain.
This is the reason why I strongly recommend to always make sure that you are wearing good supportive shoes, in order to minimize the impact on the heels especially when running and jumping.
Supportive Shoes for Women with Heel Pain – The Features
If you are wearing the correct type of supportive shoes, you will minimize the impact that your feet take every time they come in contact with the ground and keep your feet healthy.
When you are looking for shoes there are two important features that the shoes must provide for your feet and they are:
- Substantial Sole: The shoes must come with a substantial, supportive sole that will provide arch support and minimize the impact that your feet take every time they come in contact with the ground.
- Firm Heel Counter: The shoes must come with a firm heel counter in order to provide heel support and minimize the impact that your heels take every time they strike into the ground. The heel counter is the back part of the shoe that provides heel support, and if you are not sure what the heel counter is, take a look at the picture below for clarification:
These are the two most important features, but the shoes also need to be lightweight, flexible, and breathable.
The main goal is to find shoes that will reduce the impact of heel strike by up to 50%.
Before I provide you with a selection of the best shoes for women with heel pain, I want to make sure that you are wearing the correct shoe size. So if you don’t have a local shoe store trust that you TRUST to have your feet measured, please take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to make sure that you are wearing the correct shoe size:
Now that you know what features the shoes must provide and how to make sure you are wearing the correct shoe size, let’s take a look at a selection of the best shoes for women with heel pain:
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that you measure in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow your toes to wiggle comfortably and prevent them from overlapping each other,
There will be certain cases where the heel pain is very intense and the support from the shoes might not be enough to reduce the pain, in that case you will have to try an orthotic or a heel cup inside the shoes, for extra support.
I have fitted a heel cup that has proven to be extremely effective not just for adults with heel pain, but children as well. So, if you have already tried a pair of supportive shoes and the pain in your heel persists, I will recommend that you try a heel cup inside your shoes.
In order to prevent Plantar Fasciitis, we must fit the heel cup in a pair of shoes that come with a firm heel counter, provide good shock absorption in the heel and support in the outsole. The good news is that all of the shoes that I described for you provide all of these features.
Tuli’s Heel Cups: #1 Podiatrist Recommended Heel Cups!
This is the heel cup that offers superior shock absorption, protects the heel, and prevents foot fatigue. This is one of the most advanced shock absorbing heel cups available today.
This heel cup will also help reduce ankle pain by acting as shock absorbers for your feet! I have fitted this heel cup in several different women’s shoes, and in most cases the pain disappeared or was significantly reduced.
Here you can find the best heel cup for women with heel pain that have fitted before:
Getting the Correct Heel Cup Size – Get It Right!
Small Size– Best for women with weight under 80 lbs.
Regular Size – Best for women with weight up to 175 lbs. Women’s shoe sizes 9 and under.
Large Size – Best for women with weight over 175 lbs. Women’s shoe sizes 10 and up.
Fitting Tuli’s Heel Cups in Your Sport Shoes!
If you are quite active and/or play any sports such as soccer, baseball, football, or basketball, you can fit this heel cup inside your sport shoes (as long as they are substantial and supportive), and you will minimize the impact that your feet take every time you are running around on the field.
Remember that when you are playing a particular sport your feet and legs are working extra hard and you are stressing them at a whole different level.
So, for example, if you like to play soccer, there is a particular soccer cleat that comes with a very firm heel counter, is deep, and it’s also available in wide widths.
You can learn about this wide soccer shoe style here:
Now that you know which are the best women shoes for heel pain you can keep your feet and legs healthy. You also know what are the best heel cups in case the shoes are not reducing, or fully eliminating your heel pain.
Before you leave, I wanted to let you know that if you have a child that is experiencing heel pain, I wrote an article where I describe the best shoes and heel cups for children with heel pain and you can find it here:
Foot and leg pain in children are never common and you shouldn’t ignore it, so please do not hesitate to contact me if you can’t seem to find a particular shoe style for your child.