The Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
Why Didn't I Listen to My Mother
That's right, my Mother always told me to wear good shoes. But did I listen? No. I wore fun looking flats, flip flops, four inch heels, and platform shoes. All without good arches. Now, in my mid forties I'm paying for my youthful fashion.
I've had plantar fasciitis in various degrees for a little over six years. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation, swelling and tearing of the Plantar fascia (AKA the plantar aponeurosis) which is the covering of the ligament, that travels from the toes to the heels under the foot. Some may even say it's a degeneration of the tissue.
But what does plantar fasciitis really mean to the person who suffers from it? Severe foot pain, sometimes accompanied with heel pain, mainly in the morning but as the day wears on you wear out. Pain that shoots through your legs and makes you grab onto the wall as you limp into the bathroom. Pain at the bottom of your feet that is often so unbearable you hesitate to get up in the morning.
I used to love to walk on the nature trails, five miles a day several times a week. But now the thought of limping around afterwards leaves me confined to the chair. I started a quest for shoes that would help get me through the day and help me heal. Like the cause, it's not an overnight cure and sometimes it can take years to recover.
Fashionable thong shoes without the pain, that is my type of shoe. Faux jewels and a dressy shoe, this shoe is truly a fashionable orthodic device.
What Causes Planter Fasciitis
There are many causes of planter fasciitis. According to WebMD and the Mayo Clinic there is no one cause, but a series of long term conditions that put stress and strain on the plantar fascia. This includes not only wearing thin unsupportive shoes, but being being overweight and even being a woman.
In fact a woman between the age of 40-60 in menopause who has either been a runner, a serious walker, or worked on her feet during her life is at the highest risk for plantar fasciitis.
Gee, that puts just about every woman at risk for sore and aching feet. Including me! Oh wait a minute, that IS me!
Fashionable Flip Flops That Are Healthy For Your Feet - Orthaheel Flip Flops for Plantar Fasciitis
Yes, I loved my Merrels and Z-Coils, but I have a new loves now and my feet have never been happier. I tried out the Orthoheel flip flops and my feet just feel in love with them.
Seriously, if my feet could of talked you would of heard them sigh with relief when I stepped into the shoes. The foot bed instantly gave me relief and balance at just the right spots so I didn't have pain in the areas that are not supposed to support my feet. Since I'm a summer person I love sandals and now I love flip flops again.
If you're vertically challenged and still like the idea of wearing high heels of wedges Orthaheel has a therapeutic sandal that is fashionable and comfortable to wear all day.
Check out the orange thong flip flop. I can so see myself wearing these with a pair of dressy shorts or to work.
Birkenstock Shoes Help Hurting Feet - A Great Shoe for Painful Feet
My best friend has been swearing by Birkenstock footwear for years and I've just brushed it off. I bought insoles, arch supports and within six months I would have to buy more. So far I have worn my Birks for over a year and absolutely love my slip on clogs.
My best friend has had a this pair for over 20 years, she's had the soles replaced and swears by them. Now I know why.
A Birkenstock flip flop that is not brown leather. Who would of know. Now no one would know you are wearing the "hippie" sandals if you wear this fun sandal.
See Birks can be stlyish and fun at the same time. No one would know you were wearing Birkenstocks with this fashionable sandal.
Birkenstock does carry regular shoes, not just sandals and this womens Oxford loafer is casual enough for jeans yet can also be worn with slacks.
Merrel Shoes - The fashionable alternative
Merrel sandals were the first shoe I bought specifically to address the pain of plantar fasciitis. I've had the same pair for three years and LOVE them!
During the summer I still love wearing sandals and slip on shoes. Merrell shoes I can wear around the house, out to the park and up to 4 hours without discomfort. Obviously the severity of your plantar fasciitis will dictate how long you can wear each variety of shoe. I rotate shoes if I'm not wearing my Z-Coils.
Merrel Slide Sandals
Slide sandals are my favorite sandal. I guess I'm lazy and just like to slip on a pair of shoes without much effort. No straps, buckles, two seconds and I'm out the door.
Add a little color to your sandals. This Sweetpea from Merrell is perfect for the pool, lake, or beach.
How Z-Coil Shoes Helped My Foot Pain - The funny looking shoes that saved my life.
These are truly amazing shoes. They work, they really do work. Because of these shoes my foot pain is gone. Really!! Ok, I might have a little when I first get up, but at one point I was almost using crutches.
About four years ago I was skeptical of any shoe actually eliminating my foot pain. But I was desperate. I had just worked a booth for three days at a dog show. At the end of each day my feet hurt so bad I went right to my hotel room and laid in bed. At the end of the weekend my husband almost had to carry me to the car. I had seen Z-Coil shoes at the Nebraska State fair, even wore them around for a few minutes, but the price made me hesitant.
My biggest concern at that point was the fact I had another dog show the next weekend. I could go through another weekend in pain. I went to the Z-Coil store in Omaha Nebraska and tried a pair of Z-Coil sneakers on in the store. The customer service rep watched me walk, adjusted the coils, added custom insole cushions and watched me walk again. Each shoe has 32 custom adjustments to fit the way you walk.
The very next weekend I worked ten hours a day, standing on concrete, for three days. At the end of each day not only did my feet not hurt, but I felt wonderful and had energy to spare. I'm totally sold on Z-Coil shoes for foot pain and would recommend them to anyone.
Watch this short video on how the rigid sole of the Z-Coil shoe helps support the bottom of the foot and alleviates foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Owners of these funny looking shoes also claim they have helped with knee, ankle, hip and lower back pain along with arthritis symptoms.
Buy Z-Coil Shoes For Less Than $100 - Perfect Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
The regular price of Z-Coils start at about $180.00, which is a little over my budget. I guess that's what a good pair of shoes costs, and why I have the pain in my feet, but I still can't afford several shoes more than $100.
You can buy Z-Coils for a lot less through eBay, I bought my black Z-Coil dress shoes for less than $50 and adjusted the coils myself and they have worked wonderful. A search for Z-Coil and your city should also result in either a Z-Coil store or a shoe store that will adjust the shoes for a small service fee.
Informational Sites on Z-Coil Shoes - What are others saying?
What are others saying about Z-Coil Shoes. Find out here and judge for yourself if they are an amazing shoes.
Running Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
It's not recommended to continue running while suffering from plantar fasciitis. But after your feet heal, running can be resumed with the proper foot support and using shoes especially designed for plantar fasciitis. The rules of replacing your running shoes after 500 miles still apply unless you want to relapse.
Runners are very prone to shin splints, plantar fasciitis and other body mechanic alignment problems. Wearing supportive shoes that prevent pronation will help prevent not only leg and knee pain but improve performance.
Gravity Defyer Shoes for Women - Athletic Running shoes for Planter Fasciitis
If I ever get back into serious walking again I'll get these shoes. My Z-Coils are wonderful, but the stability on a rocky surfaces isn't the best.
These Gravity Defyer shoes have very good reviews from runners and joggers. <y husband has a pair and once my feet and legs heal I'll be getting some. I won't be running marathons or doing 5K races, but I will be able to walk five miles again.
Some long distance running professionals recommend replacing your running shoes after 500 miles. By buying a high quality pair to start off with you can save money.
Slippers for Plantar Fasciitis
During the weekend my feet hurt more and it's because I walk around the house barefoot, or just in socks as I do chores. By the end of the weekend I'm kicking myself and remind myself to buy comfortable slippers that will cushion and support my feet.
My Mother always got a pair of new slippers every year for Christmas, it was our go to gift as kids. So, all children, fathers, take notice. This is a Christmas hint, Mom's like comfy, cozy, comfortable slippers and appreciate them for Christmas.
The adjustable webbing in the Chaco sandal provides a custom fit around the foot and toe strap. Just keep adjusting until they are formed to your foot. The women's Chaco sandals come in a variety of colors and designs from these river sandals to thongs and flip flops.
Chaco Sandals Taking the Nation By Storm - Outdoor Adventure Sandal
My daughter went to school in Arkansas and during the first day of orientation she saw everyone wear Chacos. They couldn't believe she had never heard of them before.
Chacos are an outdoor adventure sandal you can wear hiking, boating, rafting, biking and not only are they comfortable but they are supportive and prevent foot and leg pain.
If you wake up in the morning and it hurts to walk on your feet you may have plantar fascittis. During the night your feet relax and point downward. Wearing this night split while you sleep help keep the tendon in the correct position to prevent morning foot pain.
Alternative Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis
The ultimate goal is to actually heal from this painful foot injury, not just mask the symptoms. Blood flow stimulation therapy is used by professional athletes and meant to be used when the foot is at rest. Although this isn't a shoe it can be worn in the shoe and used alternatively with Cold cure treatments.