Plantar Fasciitis. Simply, it’s an inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. If you’re all too familiar with this condition, you may know that people suffer daily from this painful foot condition and experience a tremendous amount of pain; often feeling like you are being stabbed in the heel with each step taken. If you don’t know already, normally your plantar fascia acts like a shock-absorbing bowstring, supporting the arch in your foot. However, if tension or stress becomes too great, small tears can occur in the fascia. This repetitive stretching and tearing can cause the fascia to become irritated or inflamed, though in many cases of plantar fasciitis, the cause isn’t clear. Here at Chiappetta Shoes, we see many people come in our doors that suffer with this condition. Unfortunately, many wait until their pain is unbearable and then seek treatment. When it comes to improving your symptoms of plantar fasciitis, you must first have a good foundation, your foundation begins with excellent footwear. Supportive footwear combined with rest, icing, stretching, and custom orthotics when needed seem to be the best combination to experience relief. What most people don’t understand is that without a good foundation, your chances of improvement are slim. Without further ado, here are our top 4 brands this Spring for those suffering from plantar fasciitis. Read below for more information on why these brands made our list. Although you may be experiencing plantar fasciitis, we would like you to know that there are great spring styles that offer the support you need to relieve the pain you are experiencing. As always, come on in and we can measure you for the perfect fit. If you’ve never been to us before and would like to make a consultation to discuss your plantar fasciitis, and the possibility of custom orthotics, we’re here to help.
Vionic offers some great choices in Spring footwear for those suffering with plantar fasciitis. What makes them so special? They feature APMA certified arch and heel support in all of their footwear that aims to relieve heel pain, a major symptom for those suffering with plantar fasciitis. With a unique biomechanical footbed that offers excellent support from the ground up, you can’t go wrong. Their footwear also features “natural alignment”, formed to go with the natural curve of your foot. This will allow for the ultimate support needed for those with this foot condition. Their footwear is also incredibly light-weight and available in a variety of styles and bright colors.
Taos is one of our top performers in the Spring season and there’s a good reason why. With Taos, every pair offers long-lasting comfort and support due to their signature Curves & Pods™ footbed. For example, the Taos Star – a popular shoe here at the shop – has a cushioned removable insole that offers excellent support in what looks like a regular style of shoe. The Taos Trulie, a favorite of mine, features a cork footbed (similar to Birkenstock) with great support that will mold to the shape of your foot over time, offering even better personalized comfort. If you’re suffering with plantar fasciitis and want a “trendier” option, Taos is a great option for you! With an easy on-off casual style and great adjustability, plus a variety of styles and earthy colors, you can’t go wrong.
3. Finn Comfort
Finn Comfort can greatly help those who suffer with plantar fasciitis. Their footwear generally features a lower heel and great footbed support. Those wanting a more comfortable style will enjoy this brand. Featuring a rocker-bottom sole, their footwear will allow for you to stretch the fascia with each step. This can relieve stress on the bottom of the foot and thus improve your symptoms. Consider the conveniency of velcro and being light-weight, this is perfect for someone who wants comfort the most.
Birkenstock – it’s not just trendy. Birkenstock offers some great support for men and women alike. Similar to what was previously discussed with Taos, they have a cork footbed that molds to the shape of your foot over time. However, it not only mimics the contours of your foot; it flexes, aligns and guides your foot into a healthy walking position, delivering exceptional comfort in every step. Although Birkenstock is a trend that we’re loving, they also are good for you and offer real relief. Available in different styles, we have natural colors as well as some fun ones: bright blue and metallics!
Leave any questions or comments below! Do you suffer from plantar fasciitis? Which brand do you plan on wearing this Spring?