Have you been complaining about ankle pain? When you start experiencing foot pain, the first step is to check the shoes that you are currently wearing.
I have been working at a family shoe store for over 10 years and we evaluate children, women and men with foot issues and I’ve helped them find the right pair of shoes and orthotics.
I am familiar with everything that relates to women’s shoes and the way they FIT. The shoe store has been in business for over 40 years and specializes with people that have foot issues, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well. We carry some of the most supportive women’s shoes on the market, as well as orthotics.
I have noticed through the years that most women’s foot and leg pain is directly associated with the shoes that they wear. There is a tendency to worry a lot when you are experiencing any sort of pain, but the good news is that something so simple such as wearing the correct SHOE STYLE and the correct SHOE SIZE will greatly reduce or fully eliminate the pain that you are experiencing.
In some cases, you might need an orthotic fitted in your shoes for extra support, but it all STARTS with wearing the correct type of shoes.
If you been experiencing constant heel pain, then is very likely that you are diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis.
You might be wondering; what shoes are best for a person suffering from Plantar Fasciitis? I have found that certain New Balance shoe styles provide excellent arch and ankle support which will help reduce the impact that your feet receive every time they come in contact with the ground.
This doesn’t mean that New Balance is the only shoe brand for women that will reduce ankle pain. There are several shoe brands that make shoes with firm heel counters and arch support. However, I found New Balance to be the most versatile one since it is available in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide. New Balance shoes are also deep, which allows to fit an orthotic or a pair of heel cups inside the shoes.
At the shoe store that I work for, I see a great number of women’s feet per week with all different shapes and sizes. If a woman has a wide or an extra wide foot, 90% of the time we end up fitting her in a pair of New Balance shoes. Keep in mind that New Balance tends to make the deeper shoes with the most rounder toe-boxes (this is really helpful specially for those women with extra wide feet).
A pair of good, supportive shoes will cushion and protect your heel, allowing you to walk and run straighter, and reduce or fully eliminate the pain you were experiencing.
The right type of shoes will also keep your feet healthy and will enable you to participate in sports without having any problems. They will maintain the natural posture of the legs and protect and relieve the foot from many injuries.
USEFUL TIP: Wearing non-supportive footwear or going barefoot is not advisable for women who suffer from Plantar Fasciitis since it will cause you to put more strain and cause more inflammation of the plantar fascia.
In this post, I will describe the best shoes for women with Plantar Fasciitis.
Have You Been Diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis?
While I will provide you with a selection of the best shoes for women with plantar fasciitis, I encourage you to first get familiar with this condition. I have summarized this for you in the below.
Plantar Fasciitis is a medical condition that is caused by the inflammation of the connective tissue of the foot known as the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia runs through the arch of the foot, connecting the heel and the toes. When it becomes inflamed, you start experiencing pain in your heels or your arches. This pain is usually worst in the morning, but it tends to persist throughout the day and may also arise when you are playing sports since you are stressing your feet and legs at a whole different level.
If you have never experienced this condition, please keep in mind that it most likely feels like a stabbing pain in your feet.
Let’s also keep in mind that the condition may merely be the result of wearing shoes that don’t offer enough support for your feet. Any doctor, physical therapist, or shoe fitter will tell you that choosing the right type of shoes is critical if you suffer from plantar fasciitis.
Let’s take a look at how to choose the correct type of shoes for you. If you follow the steps below you will be keeping your feet and legs healthy.
5 Important Tips for Choosing the Best Shoes for Your Feet!
These are the most important tips that you should consider before buying your shoes:
- When possible, get your feet fitted by a person that has great knowledge in specific foot conditions. Make sure it sizes your feet correctly, given that shoes that are too short or too long will squeeze your feet or allow for the foot to move too much inside the shoe and will further irritate the plantar fascia.
I highly recommend you go to your local shoe store where a shoe fitter can properly measure your feet and find shoes accordingly. The issue with this is that most local shoes stores have been closing down, and we are left with big retailers such as Nordstrom’s or Payless, which have staff that are not trained on how to properly FIT shoes.
USEFUL TIP: If you strongly prefer to buy your shoes online, you might want to also read a post I wrote where I explain exactly how to make sure you are wearing the correct shoe size:
- Make sure that the shoes that you choose provide excellent arch and ankle support. You need the shoes to provide a very firm heel counter in order to provide excellent ankle support and reduce or fully eliminate the pain you might be experiencing. If you don’t know what the heel counter of the shoe is, take a look at the picture below for clarification:
- If you are experiencing severe pain, choose your sneakers/shoes that come with shoelaces instead of velcro closure. You might find interesting to know that sneakers that come with shoelaces always provide more support and more stability than shoes that come with velcro closure, which are also not very popular nowadays.
- Look for shoes that come with removable insoles. It will allow you to replace the insoles with orthotics in case you need them.
- You must buy a shoe with the correct width. If you have the correct width, you will feel more comfortable and you will be preventing to have several foot issues such as blisters, calluses, or corns.
The Best Shoes for Women with Plantar Fasciitis – Tips and Tricks!
Now that you know which are the features a good shoe must have in order to reduce or fully eliminate your feet and leg pain, take a look at a selection of the best shoes for women with plantar fasciitis:
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 feet to wiggle comfortably.
Wearing the proper shoes can make the world of difference when it comes to healing your plantar fasciitis condition.
USEFUL TIP: The best way to cure plantar fasciitis is through appropriate footwear. Some shoe companies make footwear that help this condition and one of them is New Balance!
If you have bought the correct type of shoes and are still experiencing pain, then I will recommend that you try a pair of heel cups inside your shoes.
What a heel cup simply does is to provide extra ankle support by providing shock absorption and cushioning your ankles by reducing the impact that they take every time they come in contact with the ground.
Tuli’s Heel Cups: #1 Podiatrist Recommended Heel Cups!
This heel cup 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 – Weight up to 175 lbs. Women’s shoe sizes 9 and under.
Large Size – Weight over 175 lbs. Women’s shoe sizes 10 and up.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns about your feet’s health. Remember that it all STARTS by choosing the correct type of shoes and wearing the correct shoe size. NEVER underestimate the importance of well fitted shoes, they will end up saving you a lot of time and money in the future as well as and most importantly – keeping your feet healthy!
Do you have a child that is suffering from Plantar Fasciitis? Take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the best shoes and heel cups for children with Plantar Fasciitis:
That article will explain you the most effective way to reduce or fully eliminate your kids’ heel pain.