2016 Nike Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Nike Air Max Shoes Helped Cure My Plantar Fasciitis

The heel pain from plantar fasciitis is a nagging, painful condition that can really take the fun out of life -- I know, I had it for the better part of an entire year. But I finally found relief from a pair of Nike shoes -- Nike Air Max shoes, to be exact. There's something about the cushion in a pair of Nike shoes that helps plantar fasciitis. They're the best running shoes for plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis usually starts after increased activity involving your feet, such as running. Weight gain can also cause plantar fasciitis, due to the added impact on your feet. The essential problem is irritation and inflammation of the broad band of cartilage that stretches from your calf muscle down to the bottom of your foot. Your heel bone hits this tissue every time you take a step, and if the pressure increases, through running or weight gain, you can wind up with a seriously aggravating pain in your feet.

I tried all kinds of treatment for my heel pain, including wraps, braces and slings. Some of them helped a little, but the thing that really fixed me up was this pair of Nike AirMax shoes. Read on for more about plantar fasciitis, and what you can do about it!

How I Got Plantar Fasciitis:


I'm a healthy, active man who will never see 40 again. Two years ago I decided, as part of a comprehensive physical fitness regimen, to attempt my first ever triathlon -- or, to be accurate, my first ever half (sprint) triathlon. And I LOVED it. I finished pretty far back, but I finished. And I felt fine!

Then I rested for a week, and then I went for a big run with a friend of mine, and pushed it a little, on hills (all my training and the race were on flat ground). That did it! Within another week, I was a hobbling wreck. A little on-line searching told me that, yes, I had the dreaded plantar fasciitis.

Running too hard, especially on unfamiliar terrain, is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis. It seemed totally unfair. After all, I got active, got up and started jogging or walking, started losing weight, and then -- bam!

Not surprisingly, plantar fasciitis due to increased activity is a growing problem among amateur athletes, especially us baby boomers. We're start getting up there, and when start strapping on the running shoes in the hopes of losing a few pounds, we're really asking for it. The increased pounding can irritate the plantar fascia, that band of connective tissue under your foot. The heel bone is pointy, and as it hits that tissue you can cause damage that takes weeks or months to fix.

Fortunately, Nike running shoes came to my rescue.


What Causes the Heel Pain of Plantar Fasciitis?

This excellent article explains it all

Straight from the doctor's mouth, the process by which your healthy heel gradually becomes painful. Inflamed tendons are just part of the story.

Another Way to Get Plantar Fasciitis:


This wasn't the cause of my heel pain, but plenty of other people get plantar fasciitis simply by gaining weight. This cause of the condition is really a matter of common sense: if you eat a lot, you'll probably gain weight. And guess which part of your body suffers the most from your gain? That's right -- your feet. Every "foot strike," as your foot hits the ground when you walk or run, is an insult to that band of connective tissue under your foot. Lose some of that weight, and you're on your way to relieving that constant aggravation on your poor heels.


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How Did Nike AirMax Running Shoes Cure My Plantar Fasciitis?

Air Max shoes have a special heel unit that is built into every style and edition. The AirMax heel unit cushions the "heel strike" and gives your poor heels a chance to recover without being pounded every day when you walk.

This is how I finally beat plantar fasciitis, after nearly four months of suffering. There is something about the heel unit in Nike Air Max running shoes that just worked for me. At this point I own three pairs, including the original pair that I have worn for so long that my wife keeps trying to "accidentally" get rid of them. But I love those shoes, and I still wear them when I run.

Yes, I'm still running, and without pain.

The original Nike waffle iron...
The original Nike waffle iron...

How Did Nike Running Shoes Start With a Waffle Iron?

You're looking at the original waffle iron used to make the first pair

This story has been told many times, but the basics never change: Bill Bowerman, who was working with a Japanese shoe company that later became ASICS, was approached by the University of Oregon to create a shoe that would grip the new surface of their athletic field. Spikes would tear the new surface up, but a smooth sole would be too slippery on the artificial surface. Bowerman had to devise a shoe that would provide traction without damaging the track.

Like any good inventor, Bowerman mulled the issue constantly for several days. then, waiting for his breakfast waffles, he experienced a Eureka moment. His wife remembers what happened:

"As one of the waffles came out, [Bill] said, 'You know, by turning it upside down to where the waffle part would come in contact with the track, I think that might work.' So he got up from the table and went tearing into his lab and got two cans of whatever it is you pour together to make the urethane, and poured them into the waffle iron."

The waffle iron may have never the same, but there's no question that the shoe world was changed forever.


Surgery for Plantar Fasciitis

It's the best step for some people

This is obviously a drastic step, but if your plantar fasciitis simply will not resolve then you may find yourself going under the knife. Results of surgery for this condition are not always the best, according to numerous chat boards I visited while weighing my options. My heel pain never got bad enough for surgery, but there were days when I was close. Still, if your condition is bad enough, you may want to consider this procedure. The surgeon will attempt to clean out scar tissue and possibly smooth the point of impact so the plantar fascia can recover on its own.


More Help for Your Aching Heels

I did try the Mueller Plantar Fasciitis sling, and it did help me a little. But I had trouble sleeping with it, which is a requirement for this method. It's a common and inexpensive option, though, and would wouldn't hurt in combination with a good pair of Air Max running shoes worn during the day.

Have You Ever Felt the Pain of Plantar Fasciitis?

Take a quick poll -- Do you have this uncomfortable condition?

  • No -- thank goodness!
  • Yes. And it's no fun.
  • I'm not sure, but I hope not!
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Plantar Fasciitis Prognosis and Outcomes

Plantar fasciitis can last for an unbelievably long time -- after all, every time you take a step you are basically re-injuring yourself. Many times the pain fades away, seemingly on its own. The braces and shoes mentioned above can speed the process of healing, and without them you're looking at up to six months of hobbling before symptoms completely resolve. That was one of the worst parts for me. I felt like an old man, walking around achey and cranky, and it did seem to last forever.

When You DO Start to Feel Better...

Once your pain has started to fade, you may want to start trying a little running again.

Heel Pain? Hope This Lens Helped! 10 comments

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John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

Interesting lens, and very well presented; hope you have overcome the problem now

crstnblue 4 years ago

Very nice and informative lens!

Thanks for sharing!

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markkeeler 3 years ago

get rid of the heavy shoes ads. Minimalist shoes or running barefoot is the way to go.

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greenmind 3 years ago Author

Hi Mark -- banner ads on Squidoo are placed by adsense -- the running shoes I list here are no, I don't think, "heavy." And running barefoot is exactly what set off my PF! Thanks for the comment but I think barefoot running is pretty risky.

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GardenerDon 3 years ago

My attack came from walking barefoot on a beach for way to long of a distance _ stayed with me for years. I finally got it licked with a combination of really good (as in expensive) shows, stretching exercises & massage therapy. You have to work at keeping it at bay though, as it's always "there"!

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i Dia1 3 years ago

I hear stretching works wonders for this.

anonymous 3 years ago

webkangaroo, does your foot feel fine now even when you don't have on the Nikes? Or do the Nikes only help while you're wearing them? I've had my PF for almost a year. I got it from resting for too long after ankle surgery. I'd NEVER had PF before, and I'm 58 years old now. It's unbelievable how much it hurts. If I stretch my calf really well before walking, the pain is quite bearable. But if I don't stretch, it feels like my heel is stomping on a rock with every step.

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greenmind 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Hi Canny -- I'm 51, and I have basically worn Air Max for the last three years. I can go for a day or two in something else, but I can usually feel the pain start to return.

There are some good insoles out there, but I wind up strapping on the Air Max's after a while.

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Charito1962 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Thank you for this informative lens! I better watch my diet.

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Lynn Klobuchar 2 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

I got this years ago as the tail end of a bad sprain. Two shoes worked for me as I have a wide foot. New Balance cross trainers, tightly laced and Birkenstocks. Incredibly painful. I can see how Nikes worked as well but I never find Nikes that fit my foot. Glad you found relief and great article.

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