If you have Plantar Fasciitis, you might be wondering what are the best plantar fasciitis shoes for women. Many of my female clients despair at the thought of not being able wear heels or wedges, here is how I usually advise them:

  • Flats don’t cut it – you need proper foot support. When you can, wear these trainers for maximum support.
  • Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation, not a fracture – time under tension exercise  will help get your body moving in the right way to reduce strain injuries such as plantar fasciitis and food allergy testing can help identify contributing factors in your diet to inflammation.
  • Choosing Plantar fasciitis shoes for women doesn’t have to be depressing – you may need to forego high heels at times, but it’s worth it in the long run to boost recovery.
  • In my professional experience, the number of women who recover from plantar fasciitis and no longer need specially adapted shoes by cleaning up their diet is AMAZING.
  • Use trigger point therapy to combat plantar fasciitis (see below).

What Is Plantar Fasciitis

The foot.

It doesn’t get much airtime in the fitness industry. As unglamorous as it sounds, the foot is centrally important to your posture, mobility and stability and therefore is key to your overall health.

The structure of the foot is incredibly complex – a minor injury to any one of the bones, ligaments, nerves or muscle tissue can create immense pain and destabilise you!

A few years ago, I had to have surgery on a foot injury I sustained through sport and so I know just how debilitating any kind of injury to the foot can be. The foot is key to your balance and the way that you move – and without that you’ll find it very difficult to exercise.

For example: try performing a dead lift or squat during a weight training programme with a *seemingly* minor injury to the big toe and you’ll quickly find yourself off-balance and unable to complete the exercise properly.

When you wear high heels, a lot of pressure is put on the arch of your foot which can, in the long term can mean plantar fasciitis shoes for women – this is tough to deal with!

High heels and flip flops are often to blame

At this time of year we throw out the boots and comfy trainers and slip into some strappy heels/wedges and flip flops, and whilst we may look great for the summer, your feet may not thank you for it.

Without the support of a “proper shoe” your feet don’t function in the way that they should and as a result, a number of people suffer from heel pain which caused by something called ‘plantar fasciitis’.

A painful (but very common) condition that affects one or both feet and can mean, tragically, you have to avoid wearing high heels for anywhere from few months to a year. Don’t be that girl!

Not good plantar fasciitis shoes for women!

If you’re experiencing foot pain (over and above what you’d usually expect after a day on your feet or an evening on the tiles) make sure you get to the docs and get a proper diagnosis.

Another risk factor of developing this condition is being overweight, so make sure you keep your diet in check – you get fit in the gym, you lose weight in the kitchen.

Plantar what?

Plantar…fash—eee—eye—tis

A lot of my female clients are suffering from this condition after years of wearing high heels which can put repetitive strain on the foot.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot pain, it is usually found in one heel, although it can occur in both which can get worse over time, and it will need to be treated once diagnosed.

If you have this (very common) foot condition, it will need to be treated. You can’t just ignore it. Tragically you may need to throw out the wedges and stock your cupboard full of plantar fasciitis shoes for women!

Most people feel the pain associated with plantar fasciitis when they get up to walk after they have been sat or laid down for a long time but some people will find that the pain simply does not go away.

Wearing flats can often hold the solution

How long does typical recovery from plantar fasciitis take?

Typical recovery can take months, sometimes up to  12 months. With supportive shoes, rest, and exercises that stretch the plantar fascia, and the calf muscles, it is likely that you will make a good recovery. The remedy that is often recommended by doctors is to avoid wearing high heels entirely (in rare tragic cases you might need to permanently stop wearing high heels).

If that doesn’t sound like much fun you need to take steps to prevent it from happening in the first place:

How do you prevent Plantar fasciitis happening to you?

Using a foot roller and trigger point therapy can really help with plantar fasciitis
Using a foot roller and trigger point therapy can really help with plantar fasciitis

Switching to supportive flat trainers or other plantar fasciitis shoes for women when there is no need for heels can eliminate unnecessary risk – bad news for Russian girls everywhere! 😉

  • One cause of Plantar fasciitis is repetitive stomping on the foot which cause micro-tears to appear in the ligaments underneath the heel. If you wear high heels on the commute to work make sure you switch to supportive trainers (I recommend the Asics brand to my clients) that support the fasciitis ligament and don’t stomp your in high heels all the way to the office.
  • Don’t stomp on your heel when you walk (particularly if wearing shoes without a lack of support such as slip on flats), try to walk with good posture with your weight evenly spread on your foot.
  • Massage the underside of your foot regularly to ensure the muscles stay supple and reduce possible inflammation with a foot roller – this is also an effective recovery tool from plantar fasciitis.
  • You may be able to get fitted insoles that can help you to walk properly in high heels, while offering you foot or feet much more support.  You can buy these off the shelf from your local chemist but I would recommend that you visit a podiatrist or physiotherapist who can diagnose exactly what’s going on with your feet and help you choose the right insoles.

Recover with trigger point therapy

Using a foot roller and trigger point therapy can really help with plantar fasciitis and avoid the need for plantar fasciitis shoes for women

If you have been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, trigger point therapy is a great way to help alleviate pain associated with the condition, personally I’m a big fan of this type of treatment, but not a lot of people are aware that this type of therapy exists.

The goal of trigger point therapy is to release some tension within the plantar fascia. If you’ve had the pain for several months then initially applying pressure to this area is going to be uncomfortable. You need to add a reasonable amount of force – what I would typically call “good pain” but, if you’re holding back the tears then you need to ease off!

Some people suggest that you use golf balls or even solid metal object to perform this type of treatment but I would always recommend that you start with a tennis ball and work up.

Once you’ve managed to hit the spot that is causing you irritation, you need to relax as much as possible and if this is performed correctly, then you should feel the sensation fade away by up to 80% of the original pain. For some this make take as little as 10 seconds, for others, several minutes.

Do your feet a favour

Plantar fasciitis can be quite a painful condition that can make walking and standing unpleasant and rule out certain types of footwear such as flats and high heels for a long time.

The cause of this condition can be due to a number of factors, but the good news is that with a bit of rest, maybe some ice and trigger point therapy you can recover. You may not need plantar fasciitis shoes for women.

If you are affected by any kind of foot pain, please seek medical advice as soon as you can. Your condition is likely to get worse unless you treat it. Do your feet, and your health a favour, and speak to a physiotherapist or a podiatrist as soon as you can, so they can help you get back on your feet in no time.

If you require any further information on this subject then feel free to get in touch and I can give you more personalised advice on your condition.

Cheers,

David