Getting Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis in 2011

by David McCullough

Getting shoes for plantar fasciitis may seem like a difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be if you know why you are doing so, and what the final therapeutic end goals should be of such a purchase.

Because the major shoes companies continue to come out with more and more shoes that are designed for a high level of comfort and support, getting shoes for plantar fasciitis in 2011 should be even easier than in years past.

It seems like the overall selection of shoes just keeps getting bigger and better, and while some of these brands and models are a bit on the expensive side, if you are a sufferer of plantar fasciitis this extra money will ultimately be well spend when all is said and done.

Therapeutic Benefit of Getting Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

In case you haven’t already learned about what is causing your heel pain and outbreak of your particular case of plantar fasciitis it is first important to quickly review the etiology of this medical condition. Plantar fasciitis is caused by the degradation and breakdown of the plantar fascia, a strip of tissue that is located on the bottom of your foot.

When certain types of stressors are in place this ligament becomes damaged, and then inflamed. This causes pain throughout the foot, and if left untreated can lead to severe pain and even disability. Treatment for plantar fasciitis is focused on removing the stressors that caused the fascia to become damaged, and to provide the affected foot with a proper chance to recover.

While there are many forms of treatment for plantar fasciitis, including behavior modulation, ice, stretching exercises, orthotics, and even surgery, getting the appropriate footwear is perhaps the most critical kind of therapy for people who need to continue operating on their feet for much of the day. The correct pair of shoes for plantar fasciitis will essentially act as a brace for the entire foot, thus providing the necessary level of motion control that can shield the foot against further stress and injury.

Patients must locate a pair of shoes that can not only provide the appropriate level of support, but also one that is also comfortable to wear as well. Getting a shoe that fits well and feels good is perhaps just as important as finding a shoe that is supportive because of the fact the poorly fitting shoes that do not feel well can typically cause undue stress to the foot over time.

Specific Brands and Models of Shoes

Various major shoes companies will be coming out with a number of new models of shoes that will be ideal for patients with plantar fasciitis in 2011.

While many of these shoes are simply high performance running shoes that are available to the entire public, they are still perfectly designed for patients who may be suffering from plantar fasciitis, and should therefore be taken into consideration by any patient who wants relief from their condition.

Most of these shoes are available at common retail outlets, while some may only be available online. Certain models may not be available until specific release dates throughout the year, while other models should already be available to the general public.

The best way to locate a pair of shoes that is appropriate for your condition is to try the included shoes that are appropriate with regard to the level of pronation control you need, and the level of access you may have to any particular shoe that is listed below.

Shoes w/ Mild Pronation Control

  • ASICS GT-2140
  • ASICS Gel Empire
  • ASICS Gel Kayano 15
  • Saucony Omni 6 Moderate
  • Saucony Progrid Hurricane 9 Running Shoe
  • New Balance 767
  • New Balance 1221
  • Nike Air Max Moto
  • Nike Shox TL3
  • Brooks Adrenaline GTS 8
  • Brooks Trance 5
  • Mizuno Wave Alchemy 8

Shoes w/ Moderate Pronation Control

  • Adidas Supernova Sequence
  • ASICS Gel-Foundation 7
  • ASICS Gel Evolution 5
  • Saucony: 3D Grid Regulate
  • Saucony: Grid Stabil 6
  • New Balance 859 ST
  • Nike Equalon
  • Nike Zoom Nucleus
  • Brooks Addiction 6
  • Mizuno Wave Elixir

Shoes w/ Maximum Pronation Control

  • New Balance 1010/1011
  • Brooks Beast
  • Brooks Ariel
  • Mizuno Wave Renegade

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