The Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs

ASICS GEL Nimbus 16

One million Americans a year turn to their physicians for plantar fasciitis advice. This can often result in needless, complicated treatments and a hefty medical bill. Many people are unaware that it is possible to combat plantar fasciitis without surgery. In fact, the condition can usually be treated without so much as a visit to the doctor.

Night splints are an inexpensive and effective way to treat plantar fasciitis and generally start showing results within a couple of days (although they should still be worn for a period after your plantar fasciitis has eased up).

Should you be unfortunate enough to be afflicted with a heel spur along with your plantar fasciitis, a night splint is not going to cut it. That being said, a good pair of running shoes will give you the release you need. While the very best shoes for heel spurs and plantar fasciitis can be a little pricey, in the long run, they will save you hundreds of dollars.

When trying to choose the right pair of running shoes for plantar fasciitis, it's important to do a bit of research beforehand so you don't end up with a pair of shoes that could worsen your condition. Here, we have prepared a list of the most recommended and best shoe plantar fasciitis-effective to help you make an informed decision.

Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs Comparison Table

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Model

Fit as Expected

Pronation Control

Price

Rating

ASICS GEL Nimbus 17 Running Shoe

Asics GEL-Nimbus 16

79%

Neutral/Underpronate​

$$

New Balance W1340v2 Optimum Control Running Shoe

New Balance W1340v2

78%

Overpronation/Stability

$$$$

New Balance M1540V2

New Balance 1540v2

78%

Overpronation

$$$$

ASICS Men's Gel Kayano 20 Running Shoe

Asics GEL-Kayano 20

88%

Overpronation/Neutral

$$

Brooks Addiction 12

81%

Moderate to Severe

$$$

Saucony Guide 9

Saucony Guide 9

80%

Moderate

$

Asics GEL-Exalt 3

Asics GEL-Exalt 3

85%

Overpronate/Neutral

$

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

81%

Neutral

$$$

Saucony Cohesion 9

Saucony Cohesion 9

87%

Neutral

$

Brooks Ravenna 6

Brooks Ravenna 6

Value

Neutral

$

Which is The Right Shoe For Me?

best shoes for plantar fasciitis

For a lot of people, shopping for shoes isn't all that tricky and the answer to this question is pretty cut and dry: you pick the pair of shoes you like best. For those who suffer from plantar fasciitis, however, this question is a whole lot more difficult to answer.

We'll give a more detailed breakdown of the best footwear for plantar fasciitis a little later on. We'll take a look at specific running shoes, take a look at some shoes for plantar fasciitis reviews, and do our best to declare the best pair available. But right now, let's try to establish what makes a shoe the right for somebody dealing with heel pain.

Cushioning

First, foremost, and most obvious, any shoe that is going to ease your plantar fasciitis needs to have a great deal of cushioning. The cushioning found on a lot of everyday sneakers isn't going to do you any good when you're battling heel pain, so cross the pair that have been sitting by your door for the past two years off the list.

Most shoes that are designed for those who run long distances on a regular basis or hiking boots will have an adequate amount of padding and the manufactures will likely boast it in the product description.

High Heel

Night splints for Plantar Fasciitis, which I mentioned before, work by gently stretching the plantar fascia while you sleep. A shoe with a high heel will do the same thing, ensuring you don't have to worry about foot cramps striking at inopportune times.

The best shoes for plantar fasciitis have heels from 1.5 inches to 1.75, along with a nice amount of flexibility in the toes, as the plantar fascia should be stretched from both ends of the foot.

Make sure you choose a shoe that is a little rigid in the heel. While more fortunate runners might scoff at the idea of deliberately choosing a stiff shoe, those who suffer from plantar fasciitis need it as it is a whole lot more difficult to get the relief you want if the back of your foot has too much freedom.

Durability

It generally takes a couple of months for plantar fasciitis to heal entirely, and in some cases it has taken as long as a year to disappear. On top of this, there is no way to ensure you will not suffer from the condition again after your initial battle with it. For that reason, it's important to find a strong, long lasting shoe most especially if you are into sports, you need a good pair of tennis shoes for Plantar Fasciitis.

I know you don't want to hear this, but a forty dollar pair of shoes probably won't last very long (it would be a surprise if you managed to get through one bout of plantar fasciitis with them intact). Your best option is to give in and pay a little over one hundred dollars for a shoe that will save you money in the long run.

Top Five Shoes For Plantar Fasciitis And Heel Spurs

Now that we have covered a couple of the features which make a shoe the right shoe for a person suffering from plantar fasciitis, we can take a look at a couple of specific brands and their products.

Unfortunately, there are only a few brand which deal exclusively in shoes for those suffering from plantar fasciitis. Likewise, none of the shoes on this list were manufactured with any particular kind of foot pain in mind. That being said, some brands have designed shoes that are as suited to sufferers of plantar fasciitis as they are to the long distance runner.

Asics is generally considered to be one of the best, if not the best, brand for those who suffer from plantar fasciitis and has produced a number of ranges dedicated to those who experience discomfort while running.

New Balance is also a popular brand among sufferers of heel pain and more often than not rank highly on lists of the best shoes for plantar fasciitis. Other brands which produce suitable shoes are Brooks, Saucony, and Mizuno.

Though not all brands mentioned will appear on it, here is a list of the five best shoes for this condition.

1. Asics GEL-Nimbus 16

ASICS GEL Nimbus 17 Running Shoe

It would be wrong of us to start this list with anything other than a shoe from the Asics GEL-Nimbus range; and, although it isn't the most recent model in the range, Asics GEL-Nimbus 16 is widely considered to be one of the best shoes ever manufactured by the brand.

The degree of padding in the GEL-Nimbus 16 is so great that foam appears to protrude from the shoe like cheese in a grilled sandwich (although the shock absorbance in the cushioning is greater than you will find in any dairy product).

Also featured in the GEL-Nimbus 16 is Asics' unique FluidFit technology. Using multi-directional stretch mesh and reinforcements, FluidFit allows the shoe to adjust to the wearer's foot, resulting in a perfect fit. A tight fit is important to ensure an effective stretch of the plantar fascia.

Those who have tried the Asics GEL-Nimbus 16 have praised the snug fit and durability of the shoe properly matched with the right compression socks, with one Amazon user having ran over five-hundred miles without any problems. The majority of customers who purchased the shoes to deal with plantar fasciitis report a significant decrease in foot pain within a week of switching to Asics.

2. New Balance W1340v2

New Balance W1340v2 Optimum Control Running Shoe

Asics will appear again a little further on down this list, but for now let's take a look at a shoe from another brand which will be pulling double duty.

The New Balance W1340v2 is probably the GEL-Nimbus 16's biggest competition and it isn't hard to see why.

This shoe has a heel measuring 1.5 inches along with a ten millimetre heel-to-toe drop, meaning the muscles in your foot will be stretched for the entire time you are wearing your New Balance W1340v2.

These shoes also come equipped with New Balance's Abzorb technology (because you're not a shoe company unless you have a silly name for padding). Abzorb can be found in the rear of the foot as well as the tip and serves to 'abzorb' the shock caused by your foot connecting with the ground mid-run.

If you take the time to checkout some online reviews for these shoes, you will find hundreds of satisfied customers, many of whom suffer from plantar fasciitis. One reviewer, who has spent time in physical therapy, claims the shoes were so effective that she was able to discard her moulded arch supports entirely.

3. New Balance 1540v2 

New Balance M1540V2

Going from one New Balance shoe to another, the New Balance 1540v2 boasts an average Amazon rating of four stars out of 118 customer reviews.

Many of the features found on the New Balance W1340v2 can be found in the 1540v2, including a heel-to-toe drop of ten millimetres. However, the 1540v2 is a great deal more breathable than the previously detailed shoe, so people looking for a shoe they can wear all day long might want to give this one a bit of attention.

In keeping with the running shoe industry's tradition of having catchy names for relatively simple concepts, the New Balance 1540v2 includes ROLLBAR technology, which ensures further stability in the heel.

While this shoe has proven pretty popular among online reviewers, it is not without its critics. Some have described it as a perfectly acceptable shoe, but ultimately a step backwards when compared to the 1540 version one. It seems that those who have tried both incarnations of the shoe are inclined to agree, but seeing as the original shoe is relatively hard to come by, it is the 1540v2 that appears on this list.

4. Asics GEL-Kayano 20

ASICS Men's Gel Kayano 20 Running Shoe

I hate to keep this list between two big businesses, but it's my job to bring you the best shoes for plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, and that's what I'm going to do. For that reason, Asics makes its second appearance on this list with their GEL-Kayano 20.

The Asics Gel-Kayano 20 may not have the surplus of cushioning found in the GEL-Nimbus 16, but it brings with it a legacy of greatness and has been described by Asics as the latest instalment in a "legendary" series. While this may seem like hyperbole at first, it is hard to argue with the average Amazon rating of four-and-a-half stars out of 1,735 customer reviews.

Like the GEL-Nimbus 16, the GEL-Kayano comes bearing the FluidFit technology which allows for that perfect fit. The cushioning it does provide is gender specific, meaning it has been exclusively designed for the female foot.

Though appearance doesn't count for much when trying to find the best shoe for plantar fasciitis, the GEL-Kayano is the most stylish addition to this list, so you can fight plantar fasciitis and look good at the same time.

5. Brooks Addiction 12

Ending this list is a shoe not manufactured by New Balance or Asics, but is almost every bit as good.

Fitted with a BioMoGo DNA midsole, the Brooks Addiction 12 provides the perfect amount of cushioning for anybody suffering from plantar fasciitis. It also offers a great deal of stability in the rear foot and a steady heel-to-toe drop.

If one complaint can be made about the Brooks Addiction 12, it concerns the low backstay. While Brooks insists its shoes provide a great deal of stability, you have to expect to loose something in the way of control if the backstay is not of a certain height.

Low backstay aside, the Brooks Addiction 12 are a near-perfect choice for anybody suffering from plantar fasciitis. In fact, these shoes are not only recommended to those suffering from plantar fasciitis. They have provided release to people afflicted with bunions, back problems, and leg cramps. They're also extremely durable, so a one off purchase will leave you covered on all bases for a couple of years.

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Conclusion

This brings our list of the best shoes for heel spurs and plantar fasciitis to a close. Like I said earlier on, finding the right shoe is nowhere near as easy as it usually is when plantar fasciitis is added to the equation. Other than that, you can also try heel inserts for Plantar Fasciitis. However, of the ten mentioned (and five detailed) shoes, hopefully at least one has caught your eye.

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If that isn't the case, I urge you to head out into the virtual wilderness and search for a shoe that you feel is right for you. There are also some good womens shoes for Plantar Fasciitis as well. Maybe it will be a shoe from New Balance or Asics that didn't make this list, maybe it will be from a different brand entirely. Whatever it is, jut make sure it has the necessary features and you should be good to go.

Patricia
 

I'm Patricia Baker, a kindergarten teacher turned stay at home mom. I enjoy researching and writing product reviews as a way to help other consumers (like myself) make informed decisions.

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