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Shoes That Work for Plantar Fasciitis

Updated on October 25, 2016
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At one point, Chris was barely able to walk due to plantar fasciitis. Years of chronic pain led her to treat it at home successfully.

I'm not a doctor. I'm a long-time sufferer of heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Based on what I learned from physicians, research, and my own experience, I know more than I ever wanted to know about this painful foot condition, the idiosyncrasies of my feet, and which shoes help the pain (or make it worse).

This article has detailed suggestions for therapeutic shoes, specific brands and models, tips on what to look for, and general advice for healing.

Don't miss my poll below about the best footwear brands! I have received over 8,000 responses from readers. Also, read through the comments from fellow heel pain sufferers. They offer their own suggestions, experiences, and useful advice.

The causes of plantar fasciitis.
The causes of plantar fasciitis.

Why Is Footwear Important?

As you probably know by now, when your heel pain is caused by plantar fasciitis, the problem is that the fibrous plantar fascia on the bottom of your foot is inflamed, most likely because of a stress or sports injury. Pain occurs along with the inflammation. You may have noticed that the pain is usually worse in the morning and after any period of rest. It's noticeable as soon as you put your foot down and start to bear weight. Pain after sitting or sleeping is also common. It's more manageable though when you step straight into a pair of anatomical slippers and wear shoes designed to help this injury. Barefoot is bad, for the most part.

Correct foot support isn't enough, of course. When I have a flare-up, I manage the pain with an assortment of therapies involving exercise, stretching, massage, and hot/cold treatment. But first and foremost, I use specialized inserts and insoles, bandages, arch support, and special shoes. (This article is about shoes; for more details about a wide assortment of treatments, read my article about plantar fasciitis treatment options.)

Which Shoes Help Plantar Fasciitis?

It's something of a platitude, but it's true: Every foot is different. When I started having heel pain many years ago, the first thing I did was get new therapeutic footwear—new brands, new styles, everything. I still wear the same brands today to prevent flare-ups: Birkenstock, Haflinger, Brooks, Lowa, and Chaco. There are a lot more these days, and many are listed below. You may want to do what I do and use different brands for different activities, like running, walking, working, puttering around at home, and such.

Expect a trial-and-error process. No matter what the hype and sales pitches tell you, there's no single best shoe model for this condition. I mean, not only are your feet different from other people's, but your left foot is probably different from your right foot, and your stride and posture are individual, too. The best thing you can do is to talk to your doctor, read the recommendations below, and assess the shoe models yourself.

One more note about my background: Remember that I am not a health care practitioner. My expertise comes from treating my own plantar fasciitis and obsessively researching the subject each time I bought new shoes.

Finding the perfect shoes for your feet will be a trial and error process.
Finding the perfect shoes for your feet will be a trial and error process.

What to Look for in a Shoe

Your feet need proper arch support and good cushioning in order for the injured foot to heal. As I learned years ago, going barefoot or wearing the wrong shoe for the activity can slow down improvement by weeks or months.

When choosing boots, sandals, and shoes, make sure that the shoe has a removable footbed (also called an insole or insert) if the inbuilt footbed does not have contoured arch support that matches your foot.

If you run, play tennis, or play racquetball, or if you do any high-impact activity, wearing shoes with appropriate arch support as well as flexibility and shock-absorption is essential.

The kind of arch support you need depends on...

  • your foot arch—do you have a flat or high arch?
  • whether your feet supinate as you walk (when the inner foot turns out) or pronate (when the inner foot turns in).

Your podiatrist can tell you whether you're a supinator or an overpronator, as well as whether there is anything irregular about your stride. Your podiatrist might recommend custom orthotics. I personally have used the cheaper option—heat moldable orthotics. I use the Sole brand (if you're interested, read my related article on footbeds). These inserts have a hard layer of support and a layer of dense cushioning. They fit into shoes after the removable insoles that come with the shoes are removed.

Whether or not you need orthotic inserts, plantar fasciitis is helped by good arch support. The shoes you pick will decide it.

Best Running Shoes

I wore the Brooks Adrenaline for athletic walking to help my foot with plantar fasciitis. The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine recommends that you get the proper shoe for the kind of motion control you need to correct overpronation or oversupination and that the shoes has good cushioning to help control trauma to the foot.

Check with a physical therapist or occupational therapist about what kind of motion control you need, as not everyone needs the very stiff motion control of some shoes, and the light motion control of others is insufficient to do the job.

Some models they recommend with extreme motion control include:

Models with moderate motion control include:

  • Brooks Adrenaline GTS 8
  • New Balance 90
  • Ecco RXP 1660
  • Mizuno Wave Alchemy 7 WSC

Light motion control models include:

I also read that Ecco has designed the Ecco Women’s RXP 3060 to treat plantar fasciitis to help take the pressure off the heel. Reviews at FootSmart were very positive: 21 reviewers gave the shoe 4 1/2 stars. There is also a men's version that got a 5-star review from one user.


If you're looking for the best sandals or flip flops, there are special considerations, as arch support insoles won't work with sandals for plantar fasciitis. Make sure they have enough support, cushioning, and flexibility.

I have had good results with Chaco and Birkenstock sandals, both of which have extreme arch support. Many models come in a wide width option. (The Birkenstock link goes to a soft foodbed version of the Florida Sandal, which I have the not-soft version of. I used to link here to an inexpensive waterproof sandal that seemed similar to a model mentioned by one of the commenters below, but the link kept breaking so I removed it. It's called the Pacific sandal by Birki's if you want to research it.)

Some people might find that Merrell, Mephisto, or Teva work for them—others might find that avoiding sandals altogether is best. But remember, doctors usually say you shouldn't go barefoot with plantar fasciitis if you want your foot to get better as fast as possible.

Walking, Work & Dress Shoes

Shoe makers such as Clarks, Dansko, Birkenstock, Ecco, and other European comfort shoe manufacturers regularly produce shoes with above-standard arch support.

If you're a nurse or other medical professional, chef, or somebody else who stands on their feet all day, you may want to look at Birkenstock Nursing Shoes for good arch support that would be suitable for nurses with plantar fascia pain. Birks have a contoured cork footbed that molds to the natural contours of the feet. I wore Birkenstocks for dress, work, and walking for almost an entire year and they helped a lot. (Note: I worked in a casual environment, so the style was right.)

I have a normal arch—not high, not flat—and I supinate slightly. I wore Birkenstocks Florida sandals, Paris shoes, and the now discontinued Santa Fe and Phoenix models. The Boston clogs never fit me properly, but I also wore Haflinger clogs as house slippers and they were as good and supportive as Birkenstocks. I would not necessarily recommend the Birkenstock Footprints collection, as these often have a lower arch, but shoes in the Classic collection have done very well for me. For plantar fasciitis sufferers with a high arch, the Tatami line may be the answer.

The CrocsRX Cloud clog for women and men has great ratings by users, although it's not always indicated whether or not the users have heel pain.

Whatever brand you choose, make sure the width is correct and the shoe feels comfortable at first wearing. Don't buy a shoe that a salesperson says will need "breaking in"—shoes shouldn't need to stretch out in order to fit. However, if you're not used to good arch support, you may need to accustom yourself gradually. Begin wearing the new shoes or inserts with arch supports just a few minutes a day and gradually increase until you get used to the feeling.

Orthotic inserts for plantar fasciitis.
Orthotic inserts for plantar fasciitis.

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Tips for Alleviating Plantar Fascitis

  • The use of old and worn-out shoes can contribute to the problem of plantar fasciitis. Replace your shoes—not when they look ragged, but when the arch support or cushioning has worn down.
  • If you're not used to arch support for your feet, break in your shoes, insoles, inserts, or orthotics slowly. I can't emphasize this enough. Wear them just a few minutes the first day and gradually increase according to your podiatrist's recommendations.
  • If you buy heel lifts or insoles for your plantar fasciitis, wear them on both feet, not just one foot, even if only one foot is affected (which is usually the case), so as not to set your posture out of alignment.
  • Plantar fasciitis lasts so long because people get reinjured regularly—like every time they get up. Massage the feet and do calf stretches for plantar fasciitis regularly, and especially after resting, to condition the muscles, alleve the strain of weight-bearing, and help it heal.
  • Consider changing your exercise. It may not be necessary to stop walking—in fact, walking can help plantar fasciitis in some cases. But stop doing the exercise that caused the injury for a while.
  • If you don't have arch support insoles, tape your foot regularly during the day to help support the arch and if your doctor recommends it, wear plantar fasciitis night splints at night.
  • Remember, check with your foot doctor about your pain to make sure it's plantar fasciitis instead of achilles tendinitis, a stress fracture, or some other foot problem.

The right shoe will help your feet heal.
The right shoe will help your feet heal.

Heel Spur or Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is sometimes erroneously called a heel spur, which is a calcium deposit that builds up on the bone of the back of the foot, but doesn't generally cause pain. Typically, it's the inflammation of the plantar fascia following degeneration of the collagen fibers that causes the heel pain, arch pain, and pain on the side of the foot.


Since my affected foot has improved beyond recognition, I've moved on to a new level of personal footwear—minimalist. Specifically, moccasins. Since "barefoot" walking can exacerbate a plantar fasciitis injury, I do not advise this unless you're already well on the way to complete healing, and then only with much care.


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    • Tom 5 weeks ago

      Birkenstock orthotics!

    • erin 2 months ago

      361 brand running shoes worked the best for me.

    • Ness 2 months ago

      Joya shoes are the best .

      I have these in joggers,slides and work shoes.They are so soft and relieve my plantar fasciitis pain,I have already had a plantar fasciitis release ,the best thing I did and am awaiting surgery for my other foot.

      Orthaheel Vionic for flip flops/ thongs as we call them in Australia.

    • Andy Lee 2 months ago

      ARIATS!! These are horse riding boots with a steele shank - they are super comfy and supportive. The waterproof boots can get hot, fyi. In summer I use Birks or Tevas. I did try a pr of Kuru but while my foot was in strife I couldn't wear them. I also got good house slippers or wore inside birkenstock sandals (I only wore them inside) and never ever went without them. Stretch stretch stretch. I used the sleep sock to keep my foot flexed overnight. Took some getting used to but it really worked! Good luck.

    • KoKo 3 months ago

      Hello All,

      I got PF when I tore my meniscus. About a year ago. It is just now getting worse to wear it hurts at all times. I have flat foot/arch and am shopping for a great show to wear to work in a professional setting. Does anyone have any suggesstions as to what brands will work for someone with feet like mine?

    • Shad 3 months ago

      Hey all,

      Just adding what worked for me. Struggled with PF for 6 years, then decided to change things and went to barefoot shoes (or so i thought); used the Merrell Bare Access shoes.

      A few years later, my PF has gotten a lot better, am able to stand up a lot longer (1 - 2 hours); with no issues.

      Still working on the running as i get shin splints, but not PF pain. Love the Merrell Bare Access. had other Merrell shoes, but they exacerbated the pain, the bare access shoes has made things a lot better. It's amazing how similar shoes from the same brand can make such a difference, i.e. bare access really helped but another merrell shoes made things a lot worse.

      Hope that's of some help!

    • Cheryl 3 months ago

      Thanks for the advice. I find my Crocs feel the best for my plantar fasciitis.

    • DMarie 4 months ago


    • Cathedral 4 months ago

      Many shoes that are renowned for their arch support don't work for me and I think its because my arch is so high. My plantar fasciitis began in the fall and I purchased a pair of the blue Birkenstock insoles and put them in my boots (in Canada I wear boots from October to May) These Birkenstock insoles were instant relief for me. When the boots came off in summer the pain returned and I got a pair of Dansko sandals. Dansko and Finn support were the only two shoes that offered arch support. I now have Dansko clogs as well. Its awful to have such limited choice when you love shoes so the birkenstock insoles are great but the only reason I can fit them in some nice looking dress boots is because my fore foot is extremely wide while the rest of my foot is narrow. The bulky arch support ends up taking up the room that prevented me from wearing boots wide enough for my forefoot.

      I recommend anyone with a high arch trying the Blue Birkenstock arch support. It comes in a heeled and flat version and in several widths.

    • Susan D. 4 months ago

      Oofos flip flops and clogs really ease the pain.

    • Emma B 5 months ago

      UK - I have chronic PF and over the years have tried many different brands of shoe. I wear Salomon Elios GTX every day (lucky enough to work for myself in a creative environment so no need to wear formal shoes!) They wear exceptionally well and remain supportive and comfortable even at the tail end of their useful life. They have the added benefit of drying out reasonably quickly when wet & going from town to countryside easily if like me you're an avid walker despite the pain! :) Can't recommend them enough! Merrell for me were a real no-go - the hard sole seemed to lack pressure absorption. Hotter shoes make one or two reasonable looking formal alternatives, however sadly as with many ranges the styles seem to be aimed at the older buyer. I can't give advice on heels for ladies as a bad ankle injury left me unable to wear them! As with all comments though, each will find their own best!

    • NVDFR 5 months ago

      I wear Skecher Shape Up Resistant Runners. The Kinetic Wedge technology really helps my Plantar Fasciitis. Unfortunately they don't make them anymore. I am on my last pair and don't know what to replace them with. I monitor eBay for possible auctions but haven't come across any lately. The arch support is magical!

    • Elaine 5 months ago

      For a flip flop type I wear Telic brand. They also make a slide in without the toe. Excellent for PT since the heel doesn't touch hard on the shoe and the arch support is high. For athletic closed shoes I wear Ascics Gel Nimbus. Highest cushioning, and great support with an arch insert. I LOVE my Abeo brand orthotics purchased from the Walking Company. I like the most cusioned "premium" model which is black with green stripe. Took my 2 year pain away in a few days. I also wear a Cadence arch insert in my athletic shoes. I wear Abeo in 1 foot and Cadence in the other since both feet required different arch supports. My tip: experiment. Don't give up your search for what will work for you.

    • Sarah 5 months ago

      My OOFOS sandals take the pain from plantar facetious away. I have a high arch. They give me support like no other show has. I wish they would make shoes for work

    • Arnoldo Lacayo 6 months ago

      I wear Drew shoes recommended by a podiatrist

    • Jan 9 months ago

      Kuru! I can wear them all day without pain, finally.

    • Johnny B 9 months ago


    • TQ 10 months ago

      Fitflops work for me

    • 56GMC 10 months ago

      Best shoe ever is Kuru. Helped my Plantar and Sciatica

    • Lisa 10 months ago

      Klogs Austin are Amazing! I wear these during fall and my planter almost goes away. However, when spring arrives and I wear alternative shoes/sandals then my Plantar rears it's ugly head again to severe level. Its embarrassing to be limping around town.

      I've tried Berkinstocks, Metiphisto, Alegria, Naot, Fitflops, Asics. I'm sooo frustrated. Going on year three of bad plantar fascitis. I've tried the boot, shots, inserts, etc. Any summer shoe recommendations would be appreciated!!

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    • Rex 11 months ago

      WHY. WHY? Do they have to be so ugly?????

    • Samantha 14 months ago

      I had really bad plantar fascitis. I did cortisone shots and PT and my dr wanted to do surgery.. I was doing several hours a week of zumba and wearing really bad shoes for my feet. Flip flops... I still wear flip flops but now i wear vionic brand. They are pricey but qvc carries them and u can get them in easy pay sometimes. I also had the dr schoalls inserts from walmart and now i have been pain free for several months with out surgery. But i stopped zumba and walking in the park. Im hoping im healed enough to start easing back into walking with the proper foot wear!

    • Saundra lee 15 months ago

      Spenco shoes helped me for a few years, as I wore them for gardening and general around the house (I cannot stand between the toe sandals) they had a shoe that was a slip on. However I have gained more weight and this year I began to experience heel pain (my original plantar fascitis diagnosis was maybe 15 years ago, and Clarks shoes with a heel were great for work but I needed a home and garden shoe and the Spenco shoe was awesome until recently). Now I need to find something to help with another aspect of plantar fascitis - heel pain - and a slip on.

    • Liss 15 months ago

      Fit flops are amazing for PF just wished they would be more fashionable my theory now is comfort over style

    • Jan 16 months ago

      Joya shoes are the best!

    • Shirley 17 months ago


    • Holly 17 months ago

      Vionic by Orthaheel. They rival Birkenstocks. Both are awesome.

    • M Iler 18 months ago

      Fit flops are my relief!

    • Shady M 18 months ago

      Alegria!! Best ever for my pronation, fallen arches, and pf! A sufferer for 20+ years has had relief!

    • Steve I 21 months ago

      My PF really kicked in about 9 months ago. I think this was brought on by the fact that I began wearing flip-flops at age 47 then only replaced them with dress shoes. I've bought two pair of Vionic Bryce flip flops and they are doing wonders for me. Also, I highly recommend getting a night time foot splint which keeps your foot at a near right angle, stretching out the plantar fascia which tries to heal at night time. This is why it hurts so much in the a.m. - the foot tried to heal, didn't get very far, then we tear the repair with that first step in the morn. I wore one for two nights and can tell the difference.

    • Brenda 22 months ago

      I've struggled with PF for several years. I must be the only one but not a fan of Dansko at all. Not enough arch support and too high for me. Purchased the ortho heal insoles and they are a LIVESAVER in just about any shoe. This truly saved my budget for awhile. Then the PT made new insoles for me that were amazing (about the same price). I have been using these since but the PT did tell me that the integrity of any quality insole breaks down in 6-9 months. I will be on the hunt for sandals/cute flats next. Ortho heel sandals work well but would like other options too. Sooooo tired of foot and heal pain.

    • gail 24 months ago

      Fit Flop Gogh Clogs help my bone spur heel pain/fascia pain

    • Chaco shoe girl 2 years ago

      Chaco sandals are the only shoe I can wear without terrible pain. I even have to wear them when it is below freezing outside. I have bought 6 pair of the recommended shoes on this list. None of the 6 pairs helped me for more than an hour. I literally can not walk unless I wear my chacos.

    • Sam S 2 years ago

      The only relief I get is from a pair of Trimsole flip flops (they are toning flip flops ) it's not very good in cold weather though, so I'm looking for something to keep my feet warm too! Great article, I may have to push to see a foot doctor for some real help instead of being fobbed off by GP

    • theblabbihgtells 2 years ago

      Earth Shoes fixed it but can't get men's earth shoes anymore (Kalso) so after trying all the other brands, I am out of luck as nothing else seems to work.

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      Oscar Jones 2 years ago from Alabama

      Then this was a good article from the well deserved author!! It evoked praise, critiscism, and great participation! shoes are like finding a relationship, just a little more gratifying and comfort giving. A comfortable shoe/ boot, is like having a tonic. hey hey! You don't have to decide today; enjoy the experience! thanks again!!

    • Brenda Malley 2 years ago

      After reading all the comments, I'm more confused than ever about which shoes to pick. It seems everyone has a difference experience with every brand of shoe.

    • Louise 2 years ago

      Regular Crocs were my saviour!

      Only now my feet have spread wide, sometimes swell, and I can't fit in any of my regular shoes. But at least I'm comfy in crocs. :-/

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      Oscar Jones 2 years ago from Alabama

      In my article "Boots to work in" I primarily count on georgia giant workboots in my job as a truck driver. otherwise after straining the heel and being diagnosed with plantar fascitis in 08, it was a couple years before I found relief from the constant pain and discomfort. It was a sudden traumatic move on the baseball field that tore this part of the foot when I jumped long and landed hard! it is mostly ok now except I fully relate that sometimes I wake up and its obvious its not going to be a good day especially on my right foot with a deep radiating soreness. it passes eventually so I'm thankful for that. whether a "relapse" or caused by other, such as sciatic related, or simply sometimes from not remembering to remove my wallet from my pocket and sitting and driving, wheras the pain is related the next day, rather than at the time of offence. thanks for the article. take as little pain meds as possible, use the shoe that offers support and relief, as well as get off your feet as often as possible!.

    • Lacey 2 years ago

      I use orthaheel shoes or spenco inserts in sketchers tennis shoes. Works great!

    • Una Sapiets 2 years ago

      I found the best shoes for plantar fasciitis are KALSO EARTH as they have a negative heel which stretches the muscles up the back of the leg and ankle. Can be a little hard on front/ top of foot at first - I found sandals best. But made all the difference in that I could walk fine with PF compared to any other shoes which were agony at worst of PF pain. Sadly I have had to realise that heels are no good for PF - the most natural shaped shoes are best - i.e., what is called zero drop ( flat!) or negative heel to counter the effect of mainstream shoes which mostly have heels, even small ones. Also ALTRA ZERO DROP trainers are good for me, very wide. Also important to do stretches if your shoes don’t do this for you.

    • Shannon 2 years ago

      My FitFlops are a godsend. My Klogs USA clogs are almost as great. My PF went away wearing these shoes.

    • Leslie 3 years ago

      FitFlops have helped me as well as soaking my feet daily. Also, wear Merrells sneakers for long walks

    • Alex 3 years ago

      Z-Coils worked better than custom. orthotics in cheap sneakers. Better orthotics are Powertep Pro. Best combo is Z-coils + Powertep Pro

    • Carol R. 3 years ago

      Forget buying expensive shoes.Wear HARD arch supports and it works. I pay $20.00 for them and have a pair in all my work shoes. I am a hairdresser.

    • Aimee 3 years ago

      Fitflops have been a life saver for me!

    • graham 3 years ago

      Add Your CommentThe best working boots with steel toecaps are doc martins they're the only ones I can wear with my flat feet...

    • MJ 3 years ago

      I have purchased 3 different pairs of Kuru Shoes, online. They have been the best for my PF; along with Birkenstock and Haflinger. I have had PF for over 15 years, turning into acheilles tendonosis, along with heel pain syndrome. I have tried meds, orthotics, heel cups with no avail/relief. I love Kuru Shes!

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    • Linda 3 years ago

      Orthaheel works the best for me!

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      Missy Mac 3 years ago from Illinois

      Amazing article!! My mom recently visited the podiatrist for Plantar Fasciitis. Originally, she thought the problem was due to a heal spur. I have struggled with this issue (Thanks for the definition of Fasciites and heal spurs). Your are correct exercise and foot wear is crucial. For years, I depended on a foot insert designed by my doctor. In addition, I rely on Walgreen's inserts. Thanks again.

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      Chris Telden 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.

      Hi Juanita. I feel your pain. I I want to respond on the right topic page, so could you go over to my page on treating PF:

      Can you comment there on what you've tried so far to get rid of it? If you leave a comment there, I will respond.

    • Juanita 3 years ago

      I give, my PF is not getting any better, I am a professional chef I wear Dansko Clogs, and limp my way through 8 to 16 work shifts each day. Then I cry all the way home, and wish the 3 flights of stairs were ground level. I leave for Europe in 2 months for 3 weeks, and need a great walk shoes and sandle, and the advice here is overwhelming I feel like I'm back to square 1. I also just recently bruised my achilles and have a high arch so I feel like I have 3 strikes against me. As an overweight lady I ended up with PF while trying to loose weight thorough walking and exercise, since my flair up in Dec, I have not been able to work out, just thinking about standing makes me cry let alone be to active on my foot. Now I have put on 1/2 the weight I had worked so hard to loose. I truly feel like I am going crazy, I used to dance, hike, walk play with my grand kids, now I work, sleep and sit. PF not only causes extreme foot pain it also plays with ones mind, and ability to move about life. This is not a complaint this is a fact, I have talked with many people who suffer from PF, each person said the same thing, life has changed and become more challenging just to move about.

      I am going to look into what many of you said, for the best shoes, and add to my closest of many brands maybe one will work.

    • Joanne 3 years ago

      I suddenly had severe symptoms of PF in 2005. I was in severe pain for months off and on. I wore Merrells (when they had a better footbed), with the Dr. Scholl's red and blue inserts - which they don't make anymore. I got better until about 2 years ago (2011), when the PF flared up again. This time with 2 big heel spurs on each foot. Back to the orthopod. He gave me a list of shoe brands to try, so I bought Dansko clogs. Soo comfortable. But so unstable. I stepped off the sidewalk and broke my foot. Now I am looking for replacement shoes. While I wore the Danskos I hardly had any pain. Now the doc is telling me I have achilles tendonitis, as well. Haflinger Grizzly clogs are fairly comfortable, but not a shoe I can exactly wear outside all the time. I need a shoe with a slightly raised heel area. I wear a size 12 wide. This limits my choices to mostly men's shoes. Thanks for this blog and your comments. It will, hopefully, make it easier to find comfortable shoes again.

    • Brenda 3 years ago

      I have suffered from pf for a while - teach all day- I let my shoe cushion wear out - and this started the problem- limited budget so I found skechers

      shape ups help a lot- because the heel doesn't touch- also like Chaco clogs- so I have ordered their sandals- also like orthaheel sandals- I have to have a dropped heel to keep me stretched - still looking -but Skechers have been my go to relief shoe when I'm really hurting

    • teacher44 4 years ago

      I have suffered from p/f for a while but it really got bad this spring- I have found orthaheel sandals are good- I am on my feet all day teaching- and up at home- so I really searched for a good tennis shoe- believe it or not the skeechers tone-ups have been AMAZING- my heel doesn' t touch all day- I read so many blogs- so that is my tried and try advice- get the skeechers- never go barefoot- and orthoheel sandals-

    • Julia 4 years ago

      After a couple of years with heel pain and visits to various physicians, physiotherapists, pain medication, all sorts of inserts, orthotics,etc I was really tired of experiencing pain day after day, because I work in a dental office I used Asics and Nike athletic shoes everyday and at the gym (at least 4xweek), I was really feeling incapacitated! I ended up on a bike in Spinning classes because I could not resist any impact on my feet, so ..... I decided to my own research on shoes, I had experienced some relief while using a bit of a heel about a 2" on aerosole shoes so I began to look for athetic shoes that had a tall heel, I was looking for something like a wedge on a sport shoe, that meant a lot of heel cushoning, then I addressed the other problem which was a feeling that my arch was weak, not that I don't have an arch, just that my arch was not holding my weight (5'6" with 147lbs). al. I researched online and bought the New Balance 993 for women and the Brooks Ariel for my office and gym and wow what a difference that made! at home I use the Birkenstock sandals, they have a beautiful selection (I could not get myself to wear the bulky and plastic Crocks). Hope sharing my experience helps someone!

    • Angie 4 years ago

      I've had PF for about 2 years, since I was pregnant with my daughter who's now 1. I found Merrell, and wore them everyday when I was pregnant. those were the only ones I could wear to help the swelling and pain in my foot. the PF pain stopped after I had her, but came back a few months ago, and I finally asked my dr what to do. she recommended physical therapy, but my insurance wouldn't cover it, so she gave me anti-inflamatories and info on stretching. She also told me I have extremely high arches, so that is probably where it came from in combination with the pregnancy. Those pills work great, but only last 6-7 hrs at a time, then the pain comes back. I remembered my Merrell's from when I was pregnant, and yeah, they worked great. Its then I realized that I had developed the PF during my pregnancy. I found a pair of Merrell sandals cheap on ebay so I decided to try them again. They're the only shoes that don't make my feet hurt. I'm going to buy some retail as soon as I find the ones I like. I live in these sandals, wear them everyday, all day long, but I do want more choices in footwear for the summer. I like the orthaheel and the montrail inserts, so I may start with those. thanks to everyone for the great info!

    • Terryll Rex 4 years ago

      I used to use New Balance. It USED to be the best. But now they are no better than a cheap $5 pair of Dollar Store Specials. The good arch support is gone. The body of the shoe feels cheap any more and like it's going to fall apart. Right now I am trying Avia. The body of the shoe feels flimsy but the arch support is working. Not the greatest, but the only thing I have recently found. incidentally, my pain is not in the heel but in the plantar region itself. I do have a good, custom made inserts, but my shoes never fit right when I have them in the shoe since they were made to fit one pair shoes in particular and I can't afford to have inserts made every time I get new shoes.

    • Kersti 4 years ago

      Ihave tennis shoes, thongs and slippers by Orthaheel as well as inserts from them. They have almost cured my foot pain

    • barrigon 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this info...i've had plantar for three years and my hair stylist just recommended birkenstock...did a search and found your article...this is the best info i have ever found...god bless you and your feet!

    • Amy 4 years ago

      I went to the docter to get fitted insoles for my everyday shoes but for around the house I have found that crocs work great to take the pressure off and cushion my heel. They feel so much better than they used too! :0)

    • blackfruitbat 4 years ago

      I liken PF to having someone cut open my heels, fill them with shards of broken glass and stitch them back up.

      My first episode lasted 3 painful years. I couldn't hardly stand let alone walk, hence my weight gain. Acupuncture didn't help and cortisone injections only gave mild temporary relief.

      Six moths ago, I fell and broke my foot, which triggered PF again, oh joy! Now I see a physio and ortho surgeon. I have custom orthotics. If I wear them in orthotic friendly shoes, I can last the day. I'm a middle age female working in an ad agency with lots of young people and I have to look 'modern'. Finding shoes that look good is a struggle especially in summer.

      Here are a few online sites for shoes with removable foot beds.

      TIP: Freeze two small bottles of water and roll under your heels to stretch and calm the plantar fascia. To really stretch it, stand on a step with the balls of your feet on the edge of the step, slowly bounce and drop your heels to stretch the plantar fascia.

    • Candace 5 years ago

      Ziera makes a dress shoe called Kingy that really helps me with my PF. When I wear them my foot feels better. Plus, they are very stylish which is nice. I ajust bought some Saucony Progrid Stabils which immediately took some of the pressure off of my foot. I tried wearing my custom orthotics, but they hurt my feet as soon as I put them on. Has anyone else had that experience? It has been over six months since I injured my foot. Has anyone tried pilates for PF? Did it work? Is biking ok?

    • Jen 5 years ago

      I have just bought a pair of Taos shoes and fiound instant relief from the pain of plantar fasciitis.. Just ordered another pair online. I bought the 'treasure' sandal and ordered ' babble' as well. They have arch support, a ridge under the toes and a moulded heel. Fantastic!

    • christopher 5 years ago

      nikes the best

    • Martha 5 years ago

      Earth shoes, with their negative heel, have helped prevent recurrence of plantar fasciitis as well as metatarsal pain. I wear other brands only rarely.

    • 5 years ago

      try Avavon shoes by new balance, removable footbed and at they are really affordable. I can actually wear them with arch supports without crippling pain

    • Ann 5 years ago

      I have had PF for about 18 months now. These three things work to alleviate the pain - calf stretches, wearing a solid, lace up stable shoe with arch support all the time without exception, and custom orthotic inserts. If I lapse in any of those three things, the pain always comes back. I wore Asics Cardio for almost a year, interchanging with other Asics trainers for variety, and I was very happy with their support. When I felt the pain starting to come back lately, I knew I had to buy a new shoe. A friend recommended Merrell, so I bought a pair of Merrell Siren Nitro walking shoes, and I must say they are perfect for me. They make me feel strong, straight and supported. The same can't be said for Merrell boots - I bought a pair of Merrell boots online, and they don't have the same arch support and after one day, I'm in pain again. It really is trial and error, and a lot of money spent. I don't drive, so I walk everywhere, and I depend on walking for my health and exercise. It's so frustrating not being able to walk. Like many women here I have yet to find a dress shoe, something to wear with a skirt or dress at work. I hate having to wear trainers, it's just not a professional look and I'm far too young to wear ugly shoes for the rest of my life. Such vanity! Anyway, I wish you all well with your healing, and keep up with all the great recommendations, Ann

    • Chris 5 years ago

      Since I first wrote a comment about 2 months ago, I have spent considerable time and money trying to get my tarsal tunnel syndrome and sciatica under control. Currently, I am on the 5th day of easing into using my custom orthotics, and have been getting acupuncture for about one month. They both seem to be helping but I must agree with the people who said to do the flexion exercises as I must do them daily to be able to walk at all in the morning. As for shoes, I am getting used to the orthotics and had to purchase "orthotic friendly" shoes, brands such as Alegria, Finn, Drew, and Aetrex, as well as my New Balance athletic shoes. I'll comment again after I break in the orthotics and see which shoes are the most comfortable.

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    • GUEST 202 5 years ago

      I found Skechers Shape-ups redistributed the weight more evenly across my foot and was able to go for a mile walk for the firt time in 2 years!!

    • marigenius 5 years ago

      I posted on this site quite a while ago, where I recommended the sole inserts and brooks adrenaline. I think they improved my condition to some extent. But, the sole insert is too hard for the bottom of my foot. I have since tried orthaheels, cymbalta and birkenstock soft footbeds along with powerstep inserts. I must say, I am actually able to now walk at least 3 miles. I also saw a foot surgeon, who added to my diagnosis by telling me I am losing the fat pad on the bottom of my foot. I do not need surgery on both feet as a podiatrist told me. Any way, I had a set back and my heel and arch were feeling pretty horrible again. So I tried the exercise recommended by MA/Nebraska wherein you flex toes and act as though you are holding a pencil. I also layed on my back and put my leg straight up in the air and using a belt, I bore down as hard as I could where it hurt, and I kid you not, with these two procedures, I was better in a day. I have had this for four years and this is the best I have felt. In summation, the flexion exercises, the belt, the Brooks Adrenalin, with powersteps, the birkenstock SOFT footbed, and the orthaheels (i rotate). Good luck everyone and thanks for this site.

    • Terryll Rex 5 years ago

      It USED to be New Balance. But lately they have absolutely NO arch support whatsoever!! I am in the market for a new brand. I get Plantar Fascitis, not from an injury, but from the build of my foot; high arches the doctor called mid foot cavos and I need, NEED a good arch support.

    • Julie Randall 5 years ago

      I have suffered from Plantar for 7 months. In a wheelchair for 3 of them - the worst case my podiatrist has come across. I have spent thousnads of dollars on useless orthotics, custom and over the counter! My podiatrist recommended Naots - but they were too hard for me! I ended up walking on soft orthotics I cobbled together for about 2 months but I was dying by the end of the day and could only hobble and limp in pain. I finally tried MBT's and they are really amazing. I still have to be very careful how I walk on my bad foot in them but the design really promotes safe walking. My better foot feels great! But the bad foot still has a migraine 24/7 but no more pain pills - I think they make it worse anyway.

      I do shiatsu with acupuncture. Have done lots of shock therapy which can work on a gentle mode but I'm done with that now - really didn't help too much. The cortizone shot did nothing . . . it is very depressing. I am thin so weight is not an issue - when I hear weight is a factor in this condition I know that the experts are as stumped as us sufferers.

      I pray that one day this goes away but in the meantime it's mbts. I tried orthaheel sandals for home use but they were too hard. I put on my mbt's right from bed and until I get back in . . . I wish there was a real solid answer out there that did the trick for all of us . . .

    • Dearne 5 years ago

      I found Birkenstock way too hard for my heel and too flat. My Podiatrist suggested the brand FITFLOPS, not to be confused with rubber flipflops, and once I purchased a pair I was in heaven. I threw away the walking stick and could at least walk unaided. It was like walking on clouds - still hurt mind you, but I didn't need an aid. I now have three pairs of their sneakers in black, gold and silver which I wear out. Also have the between the toes style which are very stylish and oh, so comfy. Will always wear these even when my PF is gone, if ever that happens.

    • MS/Madison 5 years ago

      Love, love, love the Crocs. I know they don't look too classy - but my feet NEVER hurt when I wear them. Am looking for other shoes that are more fashionable. But I will take comfort over fashion, any day.

    • MA/Nebraska 5 years ago

      Had PF for over a year and was in a wheelchair for a couple of months b/c of it. I can run again! New Balance and Naots work best for me. The right shoe, replaced often (every 6 months) is critical to recovery.

      But the shoe is not enough! My first podiatrist gave me $300 inserts that had no effect whatsoever. The second podiatrist sent me to an awesome physical therapist who got me 90% well.

      The last 10% came from my pilates instructor, who taught me to use a theraband. Lie on your back, one leg in the air, wrap the theraband around your foot so your toes can grip it. Hold the ends of the band in your hands - back of arm firmly on the floor. Grip the band with your toes and move the foot up and down (point and flex) while maintaining the grip. Next exercise, think about holding a pencil with your toes and place it up in the air, let go, bend (flex) ankle, grip, point toes, let go, etc. Then do it the opposite way: grip the "pencil" while your toes are pointed upward, bend (flex) the foot towards your body, let the pencil go. Point toes, grip pencil, bend, let go.

      Sort of like this pic, but barefoot so you can grip "the pencil":

      I do these exercises as often as possible. Work up to 20 reps. In class, he makes us do 50 reps! This strengthens your foot muscles around the tendons while loosening up your calf muscles. Calf raises help, too.

      When I slip and don't do them for a few days, the PF starts to come back. I SWEAR by these exercises.

      Good shoes, definitely. Footwork, indispensable!

    • Katie/Chicago 5 years ago

      I followed the "born to run" advice and bought a pair of Five Fingers" VFF's. Amazing even though they are flat (and ugly!) my PF has disappeared in 2 weeks. The arch support did the trick and my feet are becoming stronger in areas that supporting my arch on it's own. Can't say enough!

    • Chris 5 years ago

      I have had PF which got resolved and now two years later have tarsal tunnel, both due to overpronation. Have been getting PT for a month with little relief. Use a night splint and take an anti-inflammatory daily. Have spent lots of money in the past 6 months buying shoes to get relief. None have totally done the job but my feet hurt the least when wearing my Naot sandals or Orthaheel sandals. My New Balance 1123's with both Lynco inserts and heel inserts help for a little while but not enough to be able to walk any distance. I'm going to try the Sole custom inserts next as my insurance won't cover custom orthotics through my podiatrist. Looking for a dress sandal that works, and relief(through inserts) so I can walk distances.

    • Shari 5 years ago

      Believe it or not, CrocsRX Cloud work best. I have severe heel pain/plantar fasciitis do to anatomical causes. I was looking for a pair shoes that I could wear out of the house more regularly, since the Crocs are not really that attractive!

    • Erica 5 years ago

      For every day wear I've found Keen Waimea H2 flip-flops to be my saving grace. Yes, I said flip-flop! For work/dressy, Earthies are the best (ladies only). They are a relatively new branch off from Earth. The shoes are very attractive, and they designed them with comfot in mind. I've never worn heels in my life and I live in mine (Bali, Sienna & Capri). Unfortunately it seems that there isn't one best shoe for PF-- our feet, weight, jobs etc. make our PF fairly unique.

    • Rocio 5 years ago

      I'm a teacher and I stand all day. MBT's were the very best and helped me in my healing process. After this when I was ready to begin wearing shoes again, I started buying BORN. I LOVE LOVE LOVE all things born from sandals to high heels! Good luck! =)

    • Kathy Stdntnrs 5 years ago

      After 18 years in combat boots, I assumed my feet were too far gone and I'd just suffer with foot pain permanently. I'm a nursing student now, and I spend a lot of time on my feet. I'm thankful every day that I found Sketchers Shapeups. They're like walking on pillows and they're the only way I'm able to keep going.

    • Lisa 5 years ago

      I am so glad I found this site. I have been suffering for 2 years with PF. I tried the shots, physical therapy, icing and expensive orthotics and only have temporary relief.I even tried wearing a cast for 4 long weeks. I am going to take some of these suggestions on shoes and try them out. I will also wear the splint at night that I was given after my cast came off. Thank you all for your input.Hope this works.I would love to be able to walk with out pain one day.

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      Chris Telden 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.

      Trace H,

      Thanks for updating us. I'm so glad you're experiencing much less pain. :)

      My personal update:

      I don't know if you've seen my recent review of the Strassburg Sock ( ) but I covered some new developments there. My PF came back this year with a vengeance, and then some. It was crippling to walk. No shoe helped, even though I replaced worn-out shoes and even, impressed by the results of the poll on this page, tried some New Balance models. Nor did stretching, icing, heat, or any other therapy help.

      It turned out the injury had advanced too far and the fascia was healing in a foreshortened state, and I kept re-injuring the foot each time I stepped on it. I don't have health insurance, so I reviewed all the research and recommendations and decided to try the Strassburg Sock, which is a kind of night brace or splint. I didn't have much hope at that point, so I was extremely grateful that it actually worked. After several weeks wearing it, I'm almost all better and there are some days I don't even notice any pain. So, so relieved that I can be on my feet again.

      I wanted to mention this because I don't want anyone to keep trying shoe after shoe after shoe, ad infinitum, if it's just not getting better and keeps getting worse. Some kind of night brace (not necessarily the Strassburg Sock, though you can see how it worked for me in my article) might really be worth checking out, because reinjury is one of those things that happens quietly and inconspicuously, but is such a powerful force in making this disease chronic. Do research the night splint that you try, though. They are not all designed for the same types of calves and feet.

    • Trace H 5 years ago

      Hi there !

      Well it's been a while but getting there slowly. I have been wearing the Juniper croc but they tend to get smelly and not quite the arch support that I need .... have put in the sholl arch support with heel pad. I have moved to sydney and am working but I have actually gone back to my Birkenstocks , I think for me they make me walk correctly and feel really good and have done around 30 hrs this past week an all is quite good . I took anti inflamm's for a 3 days and have worn the birk's and I think they have stretched out my calves...I can actually feel them stretching as I walk, I think the problem is when wanting a thick soft heel (wobbleboard in the fitflop toning sandals ) it tends to shorten my calf muscle and make me clench my toes too..... so I guess the problem can be that what alieviates one thing may irritate another thing. I think that as I go through different stages of PF you just need to adjust.

      In short- In my experience with a fairly moderate high arch....

      Fitflops- for very nice soft heel.... but did irritate and strain the inside of my ankles and clenched toes, unstable feeling, shortened calves and ugly, not suitable for work

      Orthheels flipflops/thongs(Aust)- nice arch, but heel too hard and ugly , too casual for work

      Juniper by crocs - super soft heel not enough arch support, and smelly

      Birkenstock- fabulous arch feel like I am walking properly , feel stable and grounded look like I am walking correctly too

      Result lots of $$$$$ spent over about 10 months , but I am in very little pain now. Go with what feels good at the time I guess if it's not hurting .....

      Good Luck !

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      Chris Telden 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.

      Hi Paula,

      I assume you're looking for dress shoes...? I personally wouldn't use orthopedic inserts with Danskos. Dansko clogs have a significant amount of arch support already, and no Dansko model that I know of comes with a removable insert, so you'd be wearing arch support upon arch support, which is probably not what your podiatrist intended.

      Inserts work best in shoes that have removable insoles and low to moderate inbuilt arch support, like athletic shoes, hiking boots, and dress shoes that are specially designed with extra depth and arch support built into the removable insoles. Hard inserts without cushioning of the sort prescribed by many foot doctors also probably belong in shoes with good cushioning, and if I recall correctly, Danskos are pretty hard-soled, though they are rounded for "bounce."

      Have you looked at my article on dress shoes for PF? There are a few good-looking designs. You can probably find a dress shoe with more cushioning to wear with your custom inserts.

    • Paula 5 years ago

      I'm thinking about purchasing a pair of Dansko shoes for my plantar fasciitis, but I also have orthopedic inserts that I'm to be wearing as well. Unfortunately, the inserts fit NONE of the shoes I currently wear because apparently my shoes are too small. I currently wear a 10, but with the inserts I think a 10.5....So, should I buy the Dansko's in a 10 or 10.5 and can I wear the inserts. I always hated shoe shopping before this because of my big feet, but now I REALLY hate shoe shopping :-)

    • AJP 5 years ago

      Dr. Scholls "Twist 2" sandals is the only shoe that has helped me. Unfortunately, they discontinued it last year. This shoe has a solid rubber bottom with a number of cushion pads all over the top of the insole. The pads cushion my foot and probably keep the sore spot on my heel from making full contact with the shoe. These normally feel better than my custom orthotics and the supportive walking shoes recommended by the pedorthist.

    • Jolly 5 years ago

      I have high arches and a painful left thumb toe metatarsal. I tend to put the weight on my thumb toes when I walk.I've had pain for the last 25 years. I am 54 now and have osteoporosis.My feet are very sensitive and I wear size 3 sandals.I really need to find comfortable sandals in Atlanta and Chicago when I visit the US in July .I live in India.

      Please help me smile again.

    • Carolyn  5 years ago

      Fitflops are amazing. I went into the shop limping and walked out without a wince.

    • Polly 5 years ago

      I have high arches, and am on my feet on a tile floor most of the day. Birkenstocks with the regular footbed are my go-to shoes. I also ordered a pair of rubber inserts from and they have been wonderful - allowing me to wear most of my regular shoes ( ballet flats and sneakers). For going out, most heels seem to be comfortable, probably because they put my weight on the forefoot.

      I'm looking to try some orthoheel flip flops next.

    • TraceH 5 years ago

      Hi all , just thought I would let you know my new discovery ! Croc's are now making a better looking shoe with such a nice soft footbed . I think they may be better than the fitflops as it's a slip on shoe .... Crocs Juniper.... very comfy ... very light .... no clenching toes to keep them on and look pretty good too .

    • chhavi 5 years ago

      Thanks for a great article! I also wear mush footbed flip flops (teva brand) at home for arch support when I'm not in my birks and for other shoes and sandals without removable soles, I get "arch cookies" from a store online :)

    • marigenius 5 years ago

      Have had plantar fasciitis, tarsal tunnel, morton's neuroma for past 3 years. I have a very high arch which flattens when I walk (flexible flat foot). Bought the $400 orthotics, which made it worse Bought the $200.00 z-coils which injured my back. Now I am wearing Brooks Addiction 9 along with a Sole insole. The Brooks insole is not enough. While not perfect, this is the best combination of all of the shoes and insoles I have tried. I am so tired of wasting money on shoes I can't wear. The birkenstocks killed me. I think the reason the Brooks work to some extent is that they are stiff on the inside arch which keeps the foot from pronating so much. If I could only find a sandal, I would be in heaven. thanks for this site, it was very helpful in finding the Brooks and the sole orthotic (they have a pretty high arch in them). I also have a pair of SOLE flip flops which I can wear when I step out of bed and for a limited time each day. I wish that arch were higher.

    • Schelle 5 years ago

      Still working on my PF & tarsal tunnel-10 months running so far. Have had 2 injections-one in the heel, one in the ankle. Ouch! Both helped a little, but it came right back. Currently in New Balance 1123 with inserts, which has been helping some. Bought Hush Puppies dress shoes which seem to be making things worse. Have Birkenstock sandals for around the house which I like.

      My big problem is very wide feet, so most of the structured shoes just don't fit me.

      Ordered a pair of Dansko's from Ebay (we're poor), but really didn't think they offered much support. My foot feels quite unstable on its own, not sure why... My Pod says the tendons couldn't have ruptured when I felt the 'pop' because my pain isn't bad enough. :-p

    • Debbie 5 years ago

      Love my dansko as they have helped with PF, but I am in the need of a pair of motorcycle boots, that I can wear at work on my feet for 14 hours a day..Hope some one has some good recommendations..Thanks Debbie

    • TraceH 5 years ago

      So far so good improving slowly. The fitflops have been the softest and I have a new pair now , they did take a couple of week to wear in my foot shape ( no memory foam this time ) My bit of a problem now is more on the vey lower inside of my foot more like the rim of my sole( heel) not to sure why this is ??? But I have found that constant light movement has been working for me. My PF flares up when I stand after sitting for a while. It feels like the tendon tightens and is hard to stretch out again so I try to keep it in a semi flexed position even while sitting. Trace

    • Thomas  5 years ago

      I work in a mail room, so i am on many different kinds of surfaces, from carpet, to tyle floors to concrete floors. i have had PF for a few years but recently it flared up again, I have tried Clarks, Eccos and other types of shoes but the ones that are heaven for my feet are jungle mocs from merrells!! its like walking on cotton clouds all day and if the pain comes back just alittle it goes away! I ordered the breeze from Merrell for the summer and hope they will be just as awesome as my jungle mocs!! With merrells i dont need all of those special inserts and treatmenst the Merrells do the job themselves!!


    • R. M. 5 years ago

      Kaiser shoes are good on support too. I don't have plantar fasciitis but have had arch and overpronation problems for around 30 years. I have shoe orthotics made at the Chiropodist who takes a plaster cast of the foot first. Not cheap but good.

    • Stacy 5 years ago

      I just wanted to say thank you for this site. I now have a list of shoes to go and try on to see if it will reliev e this horrible PF and Heel spur in my foot. THis is my last hope to try a shoe that will help my foot heal...I will let you know if any of these work. Thanks again

    • Dorothy 5 years ago

      I am an avid runner who developed severe PF after trying hoes designed to mimic barefoot running! Not a good idea if your arches are as high as mine. Anyway I have undergone almost every threatment mentioned above and I am seeing progress mostly attributed to physio. I live in a hot climate and have found that the crocs sandals with the higher arch and the softer heel works as a house shoe. (not the original flat style). My sports medicine doc okeyed them in my case.

    • momtimes6 5 years ago

      I like Keen sandals. They are the only alternative I have found other than special order inserts. Wore Birks for years but then they just didn't offer enough support. I have very high arches.

    • Fixed 5 years ago

      Try orthaheal Tide Flipflop. I wear them as soon as I take off my reg. shoes. I was scheduled for two radio-procedures for PT w/ double heel spurs. Canceled two weeks later due to the relief these shoes have given me. I was seriously crippled everyday and struggled to take care of my children. I can now walk pain free. *make sure that you continue to use them at the first sign of recurent pain as PT often tries to make a come back.

    • Trace H 5 years ago

      Hi there ,

      Yes I am improving slowly , thanks for asking .Its a bit of a vicious cycle but working on it everyday .

      I see a facial massage therapist once a week . I swap my shoes around regularly from my trainers with memory foam inserts ( which are probably the most comfortable but i live in Queensland Australia and its quite hot and humid , so I rotate between my kswiss trainers with inserts my fitflops with arch support .. to my orthaheels ( which have the best arch but the heel isn't soft enough for long periods of time . At the moment I am taking antinflammatories still icing when more painful , but I find I actually get a lo of pain on the insde of my foot now just above my arch .

      I think I really have a problem with just how ugly these shoes are and not one of them are ideal.... but ... hopefully with persistance it will go away , cheers

    • Col 5 years ago

      I have struggled with PF for the last 4 years and I have gone through many different types of shoes. Most recently, I found that Anywears (similar to Croc's) make my feet feel best. I was only wearing them in the house, as house slippers, but I am now going to get another pair and wear them at work to see if they help. I have worn Dansko's for the last 6 years but my ortho foot and ankle specialist said that they are too hard for people with PF. I guess time will tell....

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      Chris Telden 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.

      Hi Sarah,

      On the dress shoes front, Naots might work for you - they tend to be more slender than other styles, but then again they might still be too clog-like for what you want. ( ) You might also consider putting the thin style of Sole inserts into your current footwear.

      For slippers, Orthaheel comes to mind. They're not bulky, and sorry, not fuzzy - they're kind of like sweater slippers. Have you seen my Best Slippers for Plantar Fasciitis article? There are Orthaheel examples there.

      I personally use the Haflinger Grizzly clog. They're toasty warm. But they are bulky, which is a look I do like. :)

    • Sarah 5 years ago

      Sorry - me again...

      Any recs (british please! try amazon) and cost effective options for indoor house wear. i don't like flipflops i want something to cover my toes and general foot as I wear socks;

      Amazon stock Birkenstocks but they are all sandals or giant clogs. The have sketchers too and clogs...

      Any guidance or recs would be welcome..a small fluffy slipper would be awesome but nothing really expensive!


    • Sarah 5 years ago

      Another UK based person here (any chance of a few international recs in there?)

      Based on the comments, looking to get the fitflops, the boots are gorgeous and fur lined and the nice trainers are metallic silver that will look awesome with jeans..

      but in scotland, it's cold and rains a LOT. so i never wear flip flops, birkenstocks or clogs. ever.

      Would like to know more on the dress shoe front. I mean pretty ones, not ones for old disabled women..I had a quick google of "Think" and they seem okay style wise. Hopefully one day I will be able to wear my Louboutins!


    • txazdreamgirl 5 years ago

      What's wrong with the $275 podiatrist-made custom moulded inserts?

    • Byron 5 years ago

      Nike Voomero running shoes, they run small just order up a size bigger than you ever wore before.Get Crocks Relief wear as BEDROOM SLPPERS dont step out of bed or walk around barefoot use the crocks.I use them in and out of the house getting the mai watering the garden etc.Dont wear the crocks to work and NEVER RUN in crocks they are just padded slippers!

      I tried more than 15 pairs of $80 and up sneakers at Marathon Sports including Asics gel, Brooks Beast and I can tell you from 20 years as a registerd nurse, no other shoe has the heel cushoning anywhere near the Nike Voomeros.

      P.S. don' fall for the $275 podiatrist made custom moulded inserts.

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      Chris Telden 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.

      Hi Kara,

      I don't have high arches, but you're the second person here with high arches to recommend Dansko Sausalito. I just went and listed some styles in the Sausalito collection on my Plantar Fasciitis Shoes article,

      Thanks for the tips!

      (And by the way, have you seen my article on the Best Running Shoes for Supination, also called underpronation? Even if you're not a runner, it has some helpful information for people with high arches. )

    • Kara 6 years ago

      Background: My feet have high arches and a mild supination. I developed PF about 3 years ago in the left foot, and physical therapy plus ultrasonic sessions took care of it within 3 months. Then, about a year ago my right foot developed PF. I saw a different physio, and the pain didn't go away. Since then, I've been struggling to manage the pain myself (stretches, exercise, shoes, massage, etc.). Days of heavy walking really take their toll, making that first step of the morning excruciatingly painful.

      Since the topic is good shoes for PF, here's my two cents worth: My Saucony trainers, purchased at a specialised running store after doing a gait analysis, work quite nicely. However, for everyday shoes and business shoes, I have great luck with Chacos and Dansko. The Chaco chongs are great "house slippers" during warmer months. My absolute favorite shoes right now are the Danskos with the new Sausalito sole. I bought a pair over the holidays, and the very first day I wore them I walked all over Chicago. Guess what? No sore arches and no morning pain! I now wear them almost exclusively, and am awaiting post-holiday bailout (i.e., a couple of paychecks) so I can buy a few more pairs with the Sausalito sole.

      Here's to happy feet!

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      Trinity400 6 years ago

      After suffering for 3 years (now into the 4th) with PF, I decided to try eating Gluten Free. It is supposed to help reduce inflammation. I have been doing it for 2.5 months now and my foot has been noticeably better. However, I am in need of new running shoes and am interested in all of the different opinions here.

      By the way, my foot doctor thinks that Crocs are the worst shoes ever for PF. My experience with them is the total opposite!

      I do wear custom orthotics, have had numerous cortisone shots over the years, much physical therapy and sonic wave surgery (3 years ago). Since going gluten free my foot feels the best it has in ages.

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      Chris Telden 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.

      Trace H, it's so great to hear you're getting better. Are you still improving?

      I've had occasional relapses since a knee injury that also affects my back - the whole lower body system is out of whack right now, and plantar fasciitis is only a part of it. But as long as I'm good about massage, exercise and stretching, it never stays for more than a day or so.

      Today I wore a pair of shoes I haven't worn in a while - my Lowa Renegades along with my Sole orthotics. They used to be fine; today, standing in them aggravated my knee. I think there's a muscle that runs down my knee and along the plantar fascia and to the toe. I'm pretty sure that's one I need to isolate with the right stretches. Sure wish I had health insurance...! But for now, it's self-treatment for me.

    • Ken 6 years ago

      Sole footbeds are what have worked best for me.

      You bake them in the oven for a few minutes and then place them in your shoe and step in. They mold to your foot.

      I have had PF for about a year and play lacrosse so I am constantly running. I have two pairs of the sole footbeds and rotate them between shoes.

      By far the best option I have found so far.

      Good luck to all.

    • Kara 6 years ago

      Chacos, Chacos, Chacos! During the warm summer months, my feet are so happy. The Chacos have a contoured foot bed and good arch support. Added bonus: the wee grip texture on the foot bed feels like a gentle massage as you walk. I also found Dansko works quite well. For heels, I prefer Clarks.

    • Amanda 6 years ago

      Hi all. I have done research of what I think may be PF with my feet. I'm a cashier so it's a lot of standing in one spot. I have flat feet and snapped my Tibialis posterior tendon a few years ago. I do R.I.C.E as much as i can and massaging,anti inflammatory meds and such, I tried Dr.Schoels inserts as I can't see a Doc cause of insurance issues but they don't seem to help. I wear my Croc's but have had them for about 2 years and think its time to try another shoe. I AM DESPERATE!!! And can't stand the feeling of standing on razor blades anymore. I have to have slip resistant shoes for work. Please Help!! as I don't know what to do anymore....

    • Trace H 6 years ago

      Hi all , I have had quite an improvement n my feet... FINALLY ! So the fit flops with the cut out of memory foam is doing a great job now . I am also using a Tens machine 3 times a day , still stretching before I get up after sitting for a while or sleeping, massaging and kneading . All of this has finally made a big improvement , still trying not to spend all day on my feet. It is such a relief to finally not be in continuous pain hopefully it stays that way .

      Hope that helps someone out there :o)

    • Braemer 6 years ago

      I use JacoForm. It is the best shoe in the world

    • Trace H 6 years ago

      So far so good fitflops must be worn in now , much better .

      The memory foam arch support ( I double sided taped in )is really making a difference, very shock absorbant . I am actually feeling a little bit human and the old Havaiana's i used to wear are now relegated for the shower only . cheers

    • Trace H 6 years ago

      I also find if I can do magnesium flake foot baths daily it helps . I also try and stretch/massage and knead firmly into the feet before I even get up out of bed for about 10 mins if i have time and have my running shoes beside the bed to put on before I even take a step.

    • Trace H 6 years ago

      I have has PF for about 4 months I have a lot of heat on the soles of my feet feels like I am walking on hot concrete . I find I need to rotate my footwear constantly. Have tried Birks and they are ok, if you can doublesided tape ,and add some extra inserts , I have found some memory foam inner soles ( in plain black ) which you can cut to your requirements and add into flip flop ( thongs as we call them in Australia )I mostly wear trainers/running shoes ( sneakers we call them in Aussie )

      Currently I am going for Myofascial therapy (done down the back legs and a lot in the calf area and then a smaller amount into the actual feet PF zone) fascial therapy is a trigger point massage.... quite intense but it does provide imense relief and even had dry needling ( like acupuncture )done on my back which was amazing.

      I also wear fitflops but found the lack of arch support a bit of a problem but i have now cut out some of my memory foam ( kind of like a half circular shape ,the straight side being placed on the inner side of the foot ) which I am pleased so far with ...... will keep you posted.... Bye for now

    • Carol Wilder 6 years ago

      I agree with Natalie re the Asics. Have worn them for a few mos. for my PF (Asics Gel Cumulus 12) with SuperFeet Berry Insert. I STILL can't walk on cement or hard floors well. I just purchased ECCO RXP 3080 which have Plantar Fascia support bridge, put in Green Super-Feet insole for max. support. They seem to be doing the job.

    • Marie 6 years ago

      Think clogs were the only thing I could wear in the beginning then I moved into Finn Comforts. They have a variety of styles. Imagine my surprise to find a pair of sandals with petite flowers on them that worked perfectly for my son's wedding! All the shoes in my closet are now Finn Comforts. Expensive but after 10 years I have yet to find anything else that works. I found this site because I was researching slippers and my brother recommended the Haflingers. I was happey to see them mentioned here and am hoping they will work for me.

    • Caroline 6 years ago

      The minute I set my feet in FitFlop sandals, the pain disappeared altogether! They have stylish boots but since I reside in Florida, I wish they had more stylish shoes (only ugly clogs). They recently came out with a modified sneaker but they are not very attractive either. The woman who sold me FitFlops said that many PF sufferers find relief with "Think" shoes. Pricy but attractive.

    • Shirley 6 years ago

      I've had PF in both feet for about 15 years. I was to the point of needing a cane to help me make a bathroom visit during the night. I saw an ad (in a home health catalog) for the Drew, Blitz.

      I ordered them and now have a totally different life going on. As long as I wear them I can be on my feet probably 5-6 times longer than with other shoes. Truly a life changer product. Now I live in fear that they'll discontinue them (as with most products we come to love).

    • Faith 6 years ago

      Severe PF (medium arch) for 10 months. After cortisone shot, stretching and physical therapy, the only thing that finally provided some pain relief was wearing an equalizer aircast/boot 12+ hours/day for ~ eight weeks. Just finishing up three weeks of physical therapy - doing daily stretches/ice and am almost pain-free!

      Have spent tons of money on various shoes. Earth Shoes are the worst for PF, according to my podiatrist, physical therapist, and me - I think they made my condition much worse. Love my Mephisto sandals - I wear them around the house. Today is day two without the boot - wearing Sketchers Shape-Ups (they're about the same height as the boot) and they feel good. Looking for a winter shoe (probably Mephisto) - will check out your link. This is a great board - lots of helpful info - thanks!

    • Cheryl M. 6 years ago

      My PF is getting a little better, after almost 3 years now!

      1 cortisone shot, physical therapy two different times, the ice bottle, etc. What worked best in physical therapy the last time was when the fellow hooked my foot up to the electric stim (TENS) unit. Relief right away. Have not had custom orthotics made. The Fit Flops help, but they are higher than I'd like, best of all are my favorite Crocs flip flops.

      But I am still having a devil of a time finding something to wear for work. Can't wear sneaks! Have found an interesting shoe by Romika (City Lights, I think). This is an Eastern European brand, and since I have Eastern European ancestry maybe this is why they work! They have a different kind of lateral supportive arch, but not overdone. I think my arch is medium, not flat and not high. Danskos made me miserable, more pain than I had in the first place. The arch is just too high, I think. I also tried Stegman clogs, but they are too high and make my foot hurt. MBTs gave me knee pain and I thought I'd kill myself walking in 'em! Current sneakers are Asics Gel, but I think they are too stabilizing for my foot problem. Sigh. All this makes me crazy!! I just want to walk normally and without thinking about every step!

      Good luck everybody. This is a stubborn thing to cure.

    • PlantarProne 6 years ago

      Hi, I have the worst PF in the world. I dont know what kind of shoes to buy for my condition. (running shoes) I use Doctor Sholes Inserts and they work pretty well (dont buy the gels ones) I would recommend them 100%. Please help me find the running shoes. Thanks! (im open to any comments and recommendations)

    • Janet 6 years ago

      fitflops enabled me to walk around with hardly any pain - brilliant.

    • Shari 6 years ago

      Have had PF for about 8 yrs now. Started with one foot and now both. Surgery on one. The best sandals I've had are called Think! For me they are AMAZING! Everyone's feet are different though so you have to do a lot of searching to find which shoes feel best for your feet. One brand does not work best for all. This is great place to get idea's for different brands you haven't checked out yet.

    • Grace 6 years ago

      New Balance walking shoe with rollbar technology has helped me the most

    • Lkevents 6 years ago

      My pf went away a few years ago after I had custom orthodox made for my sneakers. I am a professional event planner and I have to dress up most days. My pf is back with a vengeance because I rarely get to wear my sneakers and my orthodox do not fit into my dressy shoes. Does anyone have any reccomodations for stylish woman's shoes that can either take an orthodox or a nice woman's shoes that are both stylish and good for your feet. I would greatly appreciate some advice?

    • MC 6 years ago

      This was great info. I have very narrow feet (slim-not narrow) with a high arch and have found SAS to be the best fit. Surprised they weren't mentioned by anyone. I think I have PF recently, probably from wearing my sandals all summer. I'm looking forward to trying some of the other brands.Thanks

    • twifreak 6 years ago

      Brought FITFLOP Boots and they are amazing!! I am a total convert with the Fitflop brand.

    • KB 6 years ago

      Earth Shoes are the best!

    • penny 6 years ago

      I found Grasshoppers to be very comfortable.... hard to get hold of in the UK though...Backless sandals are the absolute worst thing for PF so I would not buy or wear Birkenstocks even though others seem to swear by them.

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      Chris Telden 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.


      I'm glad you commented - I do agree it will help people to know your experiences. Judging by the other comments, it looks like people have had very different experiences with Dansko for PF - some swear by them and others aren't helped at all. I'm so sorry you're in pain and hope you heal fast.

      This might be a good time to repeat the point I made at the end of the article about adjusting to new shoes: Personally, with PF I'd not wear any new style of shoes all day the first day. I wear them a few minutes the first day, and gradually ease into wearing them for longer periods. And at any time, if I had any hint of the pain worsening, I'd stop wearing them. This way, I can tell if the shoes are going to help or hurt without doing long-term damage and extending the healing time.

      In case anyone is wondering, I'm still pain-free and have pretty much been living in my Haflinger clogs (with a semi-flexible sole). I wrote about Haflingers at

      Best of luck to everyone in feeling better fast.

    • Daleth 6 years ago


      I just thought I'd offer my two sense in case it helps anhyone. I suffered from mild-to-moderate PF 6 years ago. Through ice, stretching and therapy I got it to go away. Well, it came back with a vengeance about 3 months ago and I have been working very hard to get it de-aggravated. I bought a pair of dansko shoes from zappos, thinking with all of the support and recommendations that they would be great. WELL. I wore them for a day, and it turned my life upside down. My PF is so bad that I can hardly walk at all (inconvenient to say the least). My podiatrist explained that for PF, a rigid un-bending soled shoe can be very bad for PF because it doesn't allow for the proper flexation of the calf muscle/foot/etc. They work great for many people that don't have an inflamed fascia. Do what you want, but my advice is to stay away from any hard soled shoe or clog of any sort - despite arch support/etc. Seriously, my life is full of extreme pain and has been for weeks because of the dansko shoes. It will take me months to get back to where I was!

      Good luck-

    • pat 6 years ago

      I suffer from pf and also morton's neuroma. This summer I discovered Orthaheel sandals. They are amazing! and look great too.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Wonderful and very useful hub. I love my Birkies and Mephisto for the arch support. Thanks

    • K Cummings 6 years ago

      I bought FitFlop's Pietra and have worn them every day this summer. My foot has never felt better!

    • Penny 6 years ago

      Many thanks for these useful comments. I've had PF for about 4 months now and the only thing I find helps me are Fit-Flops. Now looking for something for the winter! The frozen bottle massage helps too.

      Best wishes everyone.

    • Heather 6 years ago

      Okay now I have a real problem I have PF and have a size 3 foot. I have been wearing my Birkenstocks but with winter coming on I am going to need something closed in. Any suggestions where I can buy or what I can buy in that size.

    • Natalie 6 years ago

      I have had PF for 12 years. I have managed it with custom orthotics and trying to wear good, supportive footwear. To the gym I wear Ascics Gel Evolution 5 (more on these in a moment) and this summer discovered Montrail shoes which really seemed to have done the trick for me. I love Dansko's but they did not work for me and my PF. A friend who works for an orthopedist recommended Skechers so I bought a pair of the flip flops and I was very surprised because I can wear them without them causing pain. After years of PT, stretching, injections, etc the Montrails seem to be the answer. But, when I work out in the Ascics (with custom orthotics) my PF comes back STRONG. I am beginning to think that shoe may be the culprit for me. I am not trashing that shoe or that company, I am speaking about my feet in those shoes. I have worn that shoe or a version of that shoe for 10 years (used to be the Foundation I believe) and am fitted regularly at a running store that specializes in helping customers find the right shoe. Never in my wildest dreams did I think they could be the problem. I took a month off then went back to both working out and wearing 'cute' shoes to church and social activities. The ONLY shoes that make my PF flare up seems to be the Ascics.

    • ty 6 years ago

      Thank you for all the extremely helpful info. I have just found out I have plantar fasciitis, caused by wearing skechers shape-ups! I was feeling unsure of what shoes to buy, after wasting so much on the skechers (which I had heard would help any foot pain, so much for that idea), & your info has helped me very much in deciding on some new shoes.

    • Beth 6 years ago

      Thank goodness I found this site! I've just been diagnosed with PF plus tarsal tunnel, nerve damage and torn ligaments in my feet(had to get that awful heel injection!). I've been wearing New Balance 608 (as per my podiatrists instructions) with inserts from that doc. They are helping with the pain but I hate how bulky they are! I am NOT the sneaker type at all. I'll be anxious to try some of the suggestions here and possibly find a pair or two of good supportive shoes that fit my "style" a bit better.

    • Catharine 6 years ago

      I vote for Finn Comfort Shoes. They're expensive, so I buy them on Ebay for a better price. I also cast a vote for Brooks Addiction for walking shoes and Orthaheels for flipflops. My only question: Anybody know a good dress women's shoe for flat feet that need lots of stabilizing?

    • Rachel 6 years ago

      I have had PF for 4 months now and the only shoe that helps is my old and falling apart "earth shoe" sandals. I have some clarks that almost cut it but I need to find a replacement as my husband calls them my "hobo shoes" haha Glad to see all the suggestions as I bought these over 6 years ago and doubt I can find them again. I will look into some of the other mentioned here.

    • amy 6 years ago

      I like Klogs--they are amazing shoes and I have a high arch and heels spurs w/ PF. Best wishes all!

    • renee 6 years ago

      i've had pf off and on for years, when i don't wear support and i'm on my feet it comes back w/a vengence. i tried on the sketcher shape ups, heaven on my feet!!! they were too expensive for me to get at the time so i bought a pair of sandals, sketcher tone ups. i wear them most days and have no issues going barefoot at home when i get home from work.

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      Chris Telden 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.


      I've listed several dress shoes with arch support for women (as well as for guys) at:

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      Chris Telden 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.

      @Donna, Marlene, Steph, and Martha,

      Yes, I've heard lots of good things about Orthaheel from all over - they're designed by a podiatrist.

      For more information, my article with Orthaheel slippers is:

      and my article with Orthaheel flip flops is:

      (That one won't hyperlink, but you can copy and paste the URL)

    • Martha 6 years ago

      I've had PF for 1 yr. now. Flare ups are minimal when I wear the right shoes - Mephisto, Dansko, and Orthaheel mostly. My biggest problem is trying to find a decent looking dress shoe with arch support. Any suggestions?

    • Anne 6 years ago

      Great site, and great comments here. I have PF for the first time so I'm new to buying supporting footwear. I have very flat feet and pronation, and I'm based in the United Kingdom, so lots of the brands mentioned are new to me. I had a very comfortable pair of winter Merrell boots, and I will probably get another pair this winter. Otherwise, I might try the fit flops. I'm addicted to wearing flip flops both indoors and out during the summer, and have about 10 pairs of Havianas. This cannot be doing my PF any good sadly, even though they are very comfortable! Thanks again for the comments, I will def. look up some of these shoes!

    • Victoria 6 years ago

      I bought a pair of Taos sandals for PF and I wear them all the time. The only thing is they do not have a lot of styles and they are pricey but worth the money.My feet have been hurting me for a couple of years and had a shot in my foot. I cannot wear shoes with high arches, raised under toes so these shoes have been perfect for me and my feet have not hurt me since.

    • Steph 6 years ago

      My PF took 3 shots, a six-week stint in a boot, and total rest for 18 months. The best shoe I've found is Orthaheel. I tried their flip flops and wear them constantly and now run in their walking shoe because they are still more comfortable than a running shoe w/ an orthotic. I work in Danskos, but I also think it's only a matter of time before I break my ankle in them!

    • Cindy 6 years ago

      The best shoe for PF is Z-coil. I tried everything. Custom orthotics, birkenstock, saucony, crocs. Then after much research found z-coil. Love them. No more inflammation. I can now wear regular shoes once in awhile. You have to find a dealer because they custom fit them to your feet. They are expensive but worth every penny. I work in a hospital and am on my feet alot. They are the only shoes I wear to work. I also walk about 20 miles a week.

    • jane 6 years ago

      can anybody recommend a shoe store in the washington dc area that specializes in footwear for PF sufferers and where its possible to try on an assortment of shoes to find the right shoe - fit and size, etc? i have PF for almost a year now and high arches.thanks.

    • John 6 years ago

      Great advice another to add to the list is K Swiss I find they have built in arch support, also adding heel inserts increases support as well.

    • Bev 6 years ago

      Tis is a great article. Thank you

    • TM 6 years ago

      I have fp for the 2nd time! This time it has been much longer going away. I've lived in my new balance tennies with arch supports from the dr. for last 4 months. I want to keep running but have had to walk instead and i still have pain. I am a teacher who NEVER sits down so I am kind of like you nurses. I will be researching some of these ideas for shoes. I love fashion but i have paid a big price for wearing those bad-for-your-feet-shoes all these years of teaching! Thanks glad to have these suggestions!

    • twifreak 6 years ago

      I have PF after wearing UGGs all winter. I now wear Crocs in the house, not the most attractive things but they are very comfy and help me to walk normally! When I am out of the house I wear FitFlops all day. They are the most amazing things you will put on your feet. I am on my feet all day at work constantly from 08:30 until 16:00, no rubbing on the toe post either like some flipflops. I will be purchasing FitFlop boots for the winter.

    • Freda 6 years ago

      I have pf and a neat flip flop I have found is made by Mozkito. It's called an archy wedge. It has a great arch support. I have high arches.

    • lisa 6 years ago

      Birkenstock Gizeh, Merrill Junglemocs and anything by Keen that has an anatomic or metatomic footbed works to give me great comfort. They all offer a high arch and a heel cup that completely relieve my plantar facitis.

    • bf 6 years ago

      Skechers Shape Ups - best shoe for those who suffer from plantars fascitiis.

    • tabita3 6 years ago

      I have suffered with PF on and off for several years but severly and consistently for the last two years. About 4 months ago I started wearing Dansko shoes and it changed my life. I actually do not have pain on a daily basis.I never go barefoot I wear them constantly. My problem now is I wish Dansko made a running shoe. Whenever I start to exercise again the pain comes back and I have to stop. Does anyone recommend a good running shoe?

    • Patricia 6 years ago

      I have had chronic PF for over 10 years although it is in partial remission if I do physical therapy and wear arch supportive footwear. My most recent physical therapist helped a lot (already did calf stretches) by having me freeze water bottle (pour out 1" of water first for expansion of ice). You put it under your arch for a minute or two past feeling totally iced (feels like but isn't almost frost bite), then stretch the arch of your foot over the water bottle. It is not comfortable, is pretty awful on a cold winter day, but it has helped me a lot! I have very high arches and have worn Dansko Sausalito or Golden Gate shoes for years. The only time I go barefoot is in the shower. I love Zappos - I live in a rural area so shoe shopping is a challenge. Good luck to you all, this is a challenging foot problem!

    • Deb 6 years ago

      Jambu, used to be called J-41s, the Journeys and Troys are the only shoes that really work for me with my custom orthotics. The angle works well for me and flat feet.

    • JONNA 6 years ago

      It would be helpful if the contributors to this blog would disclose if they are high, no or average arch. I think that makes a big difference in what shoe helps. I am very flat footed and find Chaco and Birinstock hurt me at the arch. Mephisto are the best so far but I would love to find a thong type sandal which I could wear.

    • Tanner 6 years ago

      SAUCONY ProGrid STABIL!!!! I have had a pair of these shoes in my footwear arsenal since fourth grade and have never stopped buying them. I used to limp horribly after barefoot karate classes when I was younger, but once I got Grid Stabils the limping stopped, and I've found that my feet have reached the point of being strong enough to be virtually painless... all thanks to these shoes. I could not recommend them highly enough.

    • Lesa 6 years ago

      Thanks everyone for all of the help. I just had a cortizone & feel the PF coming back. I am desperately trying to find the right shoe. I will look into the ones mentioned.

    • Darrell 6 years ago

      The shoe that helped me, so far, is Rockport Jetmore. I have black. It's a little too casual for my needs, but I give up looks for comfort. I need a slightly more dressy shoe, and I need color options, so I'm searching. I used "Walkfit" inserts, and they helped for a while, but I developed a hard growth, maybe on tendon (not sure), so I stopped using the inserts when I got the Rockports. I'm looking for more Rockports, that fit like the Jetmore, or I'm looking for another brand.

    • Johnny M. 6 years ago

      Z-Coils are the only shoes that worked for me. Excellent arch support inside, extremely cushioned at heel strike

    • Cheryl M. 6 years ago

      I have tried too many shoes for PF (and spent too much $) but haven't yet found THE shoe. I do now have alot of shoes I can't wear for very long! The $10 Ocean State Job Lots bargain bin ugly Croc flipflop with the thick and cupped heel has been just the best thing for getting around the house. In the morning, my foot feels better 10 minutes after I've been standing on these flip flops. I've had PF for 1 1/2 years, and after a cortisone shot and two rounds of physical therapy and no barefoot walking or any flat shoes, I have made alot of progress--am 85% better. An odd thing that's been helping is a weird blue gel called DynaFreeze from Footsmart.

    • Janice Hill 6 years ago

      I find CROC'S to be great for Plantar Fasciitis

    • Don 6 years ago

      Brooks Beast running shoe and their Addiction walking shoe are top notch for support and comfort.

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      Chris Telden 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.


      I had the same experience - calf stretches were so important. So was massaging the foot before I put it down on the ground after resting.

      As for suggestions for good shoes for medical professionals, I think Birkenstock is the way to go for a slip-on nursing shoe if you've already tried Dansko. To answer your question, I just wrote a hub called Birkenstock Nursing Shoes: Comfortable Arch Support Footwear for Medical Professionals.

      To read the hub and see the shoes recommended, see the link above in the section called Walking Shoes, Work Shoes and Dress Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis.

    • Christel 6 years ago

      I have narrow feet and very high arches, have had daily footpain going on 2 years--but its finally slowly getting better! Nothing helped until the 5th dr I saw (this one an orthopedic surgeon) insisted I stretch my calf muscles 6 TIMES A DAY EVERY DAY without fail for 2 months. Finally started to see decrease in foot pain. THe only shoes that help right now are my ascics, my clarks are worthless. Keen and Dansko shoes I can wear a little, but for all day walking (I'm an RN) I can only wear my asics for now--would love to find another shoe that doesn't lace up so my feet are not so constricted during my 12 hour shifts--any suggestions?

    • Doug 6 years ago

      I just switched from New Balance which I've worn for three years, to Dr. Shoals (Tundra) and I'm already seeing improvement.

    • MJ 6 years ago

      Finn Comfort. Expensive but worth it.

    • LB 6 years ago

      I have plantar fasciitis due to HIGH ARCHES. For WOMEN'S DRESS SHOES, here's what I use: Finn Comfort (sometimes I stick in an Aetrex insole for enhanced argch support. Shoe is expensive but quality is amazing), Footprints (by Birkenstock's. See for the broadest selection), and Dansko clogs (if I wear pants). Personally, Birkenstock's are too casual for my professional workplace, Earth shoes and Merrell are good for a short time but have less arch support than Finn/Footprints/Dansko. I bought MBT's well before Americans knew much about them--my heel slips out and still not enough arch support. Clarks to me seem overrated. Hope this helps...

    • Marlene 6 years ago

      I have plantar fasciitis and can attest that wearing shoes with good arch support all day every day goes a long way towards eliminating the pain. Easy Spirit walking shoes worked for me and I cannot say enough about the Orthaheel slipper/sandals I have. Both of these are worth trying on!

    • Phyllis 6 years ago

      I have severe plantar fasciitis in both feet -- going on 20 months now. I have tried Ecco, Birkenstock, Z-coil, Merrell, Naot, Nike, Spira and MBTs. I find I have to rotate shoes for best results, but usually I find my Nike aerobic sneakers (worn with Lynco insoles) and MBTs work best. MBts are quite pricey, though.

    • Donna 6 years ago

      Had not been able to wear sandals or flip flops for years until last summer. Purchased a pair of Orthoheel flip flops and could not believe the comfort level considering I have had plantar fascitis badly enough to get cortisone just a few months before trying them. Have recommended them to many of my friends with same problem.

    • annie 6 years ago

      The best shoe I have found for my plantar fasciitis so far is the E-lastic series by Easy Spirit. I have gotten significant relief thus far.

    • DM 6 years ago

      Z-coil shoes are amazing. I no longer suffer from hip pain or plantar fasciitis.

    • Laura 6 years ago

      I ordered some Spira shoes. They have a built in spring technology and alternated those with Dawgs (similar to Crocs). As well, I have been wearing a custom orthotic for years.

    • Gayle 6 years ago

      The only shoe I've found so far that I can wear comfortably with my PF is MBTs. They're very expensive, but well worth the money I paid as they are the only pair of shoes I can wear all day that takes the pressure off my heel. I have a pair of the soft-bed Birkenstocks that I wear at home for short periods, which are okay, but still have pain with those if worn for more than a couple of hours.

    • Harold Solomon 6 years ago

      Keen shoes feel best for my narrow heal and slightly wide forefoot

    • ascatt 6 years ago

      Finn Comfort make excellent shoes. I have a very high arch and narrow foot, and these shoes are the most comfortable I've ever had. If my foot start to hurt, I put them on and it feels better immediately.

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      Chris Telden 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.

      Hi Libby,

      I used to wear the waterproof Noppy sandal for years until the "noppies" fell off. Are you maybe talking about the waterproof sandal with a smooth footbed listed at about $30 on sale? I put a link for what might be your sandal in the article in the gray sidebar.

    • Libby 6 years ago

      I only wear the rubber Bierkenstock sandal. It is rubber all

      over and costs under $30. I even wear them in the shower.I

      only wear them in the house. They don't have a raised area

      behind the toes. I NEVER take a step in the house unless I

      an wearing them. I can't seem to fine them online.

    • lornaukmri 7 years ago

      the best sandals I have worn for heel spurs which cause plantar fascitis are Mephisto they have excellent sandals. I prefer them to Birkenstock

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      Carolyn Augustine 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors

      This is excellent information. Thanks for sharing in a well-written article. Thumbs up.

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      Chris Telden 7 years ago from Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.

      Thanks, Puglucy. Now I'm recalling a pair of Dansko clogs I had once. I loved them...they looked great...and they were very comfy, at least for a couple of hours at a time. But I'm not the most graceful person on earth and I was always afraid my ankle would turn due to their thick soles. Since they have a raised heel, I'm not sure I'd wear them personally for plantar fasciitis, either, though I've heard of others doing so.

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      Puglucy 7 years ago from Indiana

      Great article! I used to own a shoe store and sold mostly Dansko and Birkenstock. Nice to know those companies are still making quality footwear...

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