MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Buy Shoes If You Have Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tissue across the sole of your foot (from your heel bone up to your toes) becomes inflamed, which then causes pain in your heel and arch, says Daniel Michaels, DPM. He adds that you can relieve this pain by taking anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen, regularly stretching the soles and arches of your feet, and wearing high-quality, comfortable shoes.
Although cushion may be the first thing that comes to mind, Dr. Michaels says it’s also important to prioritize support when shopping for a shoe to help with plantar fasciitis. An insole that your foot simply sinks into over time will not relieve your pain. Rather, you should look for one that’s comfortable and capable of reducing the impact on your heels. More often than not, this means choosing a running shoe. “This type of shoe offers the best support, flexibility, and shock absorption,” he explains.