Best Shoes for
Ankle Pain

Lateral Stability and Support for Injury Prevention

Ankles are amazing. They allow your feet to move up and down and side to side, and help you keep your balance so you can stand, run, and jump.

With everything our ankles do, it’s no wonder they take a beating. In fact, ankle injuries are one of the most common lower body injuries in the US. If you or a loved one suffers from ankle pain or instability due to an injury or chronic condition, then you know how important it is to have the right kind of footwear support.

Shoes designed with your ankles in mind can help ease pain and provide the support you need to help keep you moving and reduce your risk of injury.

KURU offers some of the best shoes for ankle pain, featuring patented technology that cushions and supports the arch and heel. This technology encourages a healthy, natural gait, allowing your ankle joints to move naturally.

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Experts Guide to the Best Shoes for Ankle Pain

What is Ankle Pain?

Ankle pain is any discomfort or soreness felt in any of the tendons, ligaments, or bones of the ankle joint. Ankle pain has many causes and can happen for many varied reasons.

If you are experiencing ankle pain, you may feel pain, stiffness, or swelling anywhere in or around the ankle joint. Depending upon the severity of your pain, you may not be able to bear weight or walk without crutches.

Knowing the cause of your ankle pain can help you know the best possible way to treat your symptoms. Choosing the best shoes for ankle pain will help your feet and ankles get the support they need, all while easing your painful symptoms.

Top Selling Shoes for Ankle Pain

Our Customer Favorites

"Best sneaker ever

I have arthritis in my feet/ankles. Also have flat feet and over pronate which are a big issue with some of the arch support in most shoes. I saw these and thought I would give them a try especially with the wonderful return policy. I've had them for 2 weeks and followed the directions about length of wearing each day, etc. They are the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. I now wear them all day completely free of pain. I walk every day and can't believe how good my feet feel. Absolutely the best and I am so glad I took the chance and bought them. And one thing that really makes these sneakers work for me is the way the heel is made...it's also supportive and just makes wearing these a real pleasure."

- Patricia S

"Works wonders

So I’m a few weeks in, and all I can is wow, I’m on the heavy side with life long ankle issues. The only footwear that I can honestly say helps."

- Frank N.

The #1 Shoe Technology, Engineered for Foot Pain Relief

KURUCLOUD

KURUCLOUD, is made of lightweight EVA foam to absorb shock and diffuse the impact of each step. This heavenly foundation provides long-lasting comfort for all-day wear even when standing for long periods or walking on hard surfaces. Ankle joints rejoice!

KURU Footwear's KURUCLOUD base layer delivers superior cushion and shock-absorption with every step

KURUSOLE

Our patented KURUSOLE protects and stabilizes the heel and provides dynamic flexion with each step. This plate extends from the arch to wrap around the heel—but not under it—to support and leverage your heel’s natural cushioning system: the fat pad.

KURU Footwear's patented KURUSOLE technology cups your heel and dynamically flexes with each step

ULTIMATE INSOLE

Made of 5mm of durable, polyurethane foam, our ULTIMATE INSOLES last longer than traditional thin inserts. This dual-density foam supports and adapts to your arch over time to provide powerful bounce back and personalized relief from ankle pain.
KURU Footwear's ULTIMATE INSOLE features high-quality arch support and dual-density foam that molds to the shape of your feet

Ankle Pain Causes & Symptoms

Learn more about the causes of ankle pain and symptoms you can expect, as well as takeaways to help determine the best treatment option.

There are many different causes of ankle pain. The most common causes are ankle injuries, arthritis, tendonitis, and normal wear and tear.

Knowing the causes and risk factors can help you better understand how to prevent and treat ankle pain.

Common Causes of Ankle Pain:

• Achilles tendonitis or tendon rupture
• Arthritis
• Ankle sprain
• Broken bones in feet
• Flat feet
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Peroneal Tendonitis
• Stress fractures

Risk Factors:

Exercising too much, too fast: There’s a reason experts recommend starting slow when you begin a new exercise program.

Attempting advanced workouts as a beginner puts you at a higher risk of an ankle sprain or injury.

Muscle and ligament fatigue: Ankle injuries are much more common when you are tired. As you near the end of your workout, your muscles and ligaments are tired. Listen to your body. You might need to pause for a quick rest instead of pushing through.

Skipping the warmup: A gentle warmup before working out does wonders for your muscles and ligaments. Even just a few minutes of dynamic stretching or walking helps prevent injury by warming up your body, helping to relieve tightness and increasing flexibility.

Weight: Carrying excess body weight can put added stress on your joints, increasing your risk of injury.

Symptoms:

• Pain in the ankle joint
• Swelling and bruising in the ankle and/or foot
• Ankle instability
• Stiffness
• Weakness
• Numbness or tingling
• Pain when bearing weight/inability to bear weight

If you have concerns about your ankle pain, talk with your doctor about your symptoms. Your doctor can help you understand any underlying issues, along with treatment options. For a few tips on conservative treatments you can try at home, check out our Ankle Pain Treatment section below.

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Symptoms:

• Pain in the ankle joint
• Swelling and bruising in the ankle and/or foot
• Ankle instability
• Stiffness
• Weakness
• Numbness or tingling
• Pain when bearing weight/inability to bear weight

If you have concerns about your ankle pain, talk with your doctor about your symptoms. Your doctor can help you understand any underlying issues, along with treatment options. For a few tips on conservative treatments you can try at home, check out our Ankle Pain Treatment section below.

Ankle Pain Facts and Stats

We take a look at some facts and stats you might not have known about ankle pain.
Read on to find out more!

  • More than one million people visit the emergency room each year because of ankle injuries.
  • Ankle sprains are the most common ankle injury. Every day in the United States, 25,000 people sprain their ankle.
  • When it comes to ankle sprains, your age and gender play a role. Females over the age of 30 are more prone to ankle injuries than their male counterparts, while males between 15–24 are more prone to ankle injuries than their female counterparts.
  • The best way to prevent ankle injury or pain is to maintain strength, balance, and flexibility in the legs, feet, and ankles.

Ankle Pain Treatment

If you are looking for ankle pain treatment, we’re here to help! We’ll cover treatment options and provide shoe recommendations for ankle pain relief.

The causes of ankle pain vary, and there are many different treatment options that may help ease ankle pain and discomfort. As always, talk with your doctor about the best possible treatment options for you.

Ankle Pain Treatment:

Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (RICE): In many
cases, pain caused by injury can be treated with conservative, self care. Simple measures such as keeping weight off the ankle, icing the painful area for 10–15 minutes three times a day, using a compression bandage to prevent swelling, and elevating the ankle above the heart can help ease your ankle pain.

Over-the-counter medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help relieve ankle pain and help reduce swelling and inflammation.

Ankle stabilization: An ankle brace can help stabilize your foot and ankle, relieve pain, and help prevent further injury.

Physical therapy: No matter the cause of your ankle
pain, a customized physical therapy plan may help reduce your ankle pain by strengthening the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in your lower leg and ankle.

Steroid injections: If needed, your doctor can inject anti-inflammatory medication directly into the ankle joint to help reduce pain.

Surgery: For some, surgical intervention is a good option for treating ankle pain by repairing torn ligaments or tendons.

Supportive shoes: Whether you are an athlete or not, you need to choose shoes that will give your feet and ankles the support they need. Avoid shoes without arch support and shoes that are too tight or put the foot in an unnatural position, such as high heels.

Your doctor can help you understand the best treatment options for your ankle pain. For the best shoes for foot and ankle pain, look no further than KURU. KURU’s line of ankle support shoes has something for everyone, with comfortable, stylish options that will give your ankles the support they need.

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Why Others With Ankle Pain Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"Foot pain gone!

I purchased these following a pregnancy that wasn’t kind to my feet. I was having severe foot and ankle pain, desperately looking for something to help. After just the first week wearing them my foot pain was nearly gone and continues to improve."

-- Linette

"The perfect shoe!

I’m very active, and I bought these shoes after sustaining ankle/foot injuries that left me with chronic pain that interferes with activities. Kuru does not oversell the support of their shoes! The insoles support and stabilize my arches and heels so well that it alleviates most of the pain from the injuries. These shoes have saved me spending hundreds of dollars on custom orthotics. And they’re classically understated and go with everything. I love the limited edition olive green! (Thank you for making the men’s shoes in small sizes)."

-- Dr Kat

"Best Gym Shoe Ever

I have been struggling with shoes. I take cardio and kettlebell classes and mix in some “nature walks” and my feet have been SCREAMING daily. I have a Morton’s Neuroma and arthritis in both ankles from previous fractures and subsequent surgeries. Since Michigan reopened, I have once again stepped up my fitness routine, and have tried probably 12 different sneakers - many brands and styles. I had settled on a pair that was “almost” good. I finally decided to try these, given the good reviews, though I hadn’t heard of them before last month. I immediately bought another pair, so that I can swap on and off. I can’t get enough of how comfortable they are, and how pain free my feet have been since making the switch. Wish they were a bit more stylish, though. I feel a bit like a granny or something, but I guess I’ll survive. Comfort is 15/10. Style is 3/10. I’ll take it. I don’t wear them on my outings - unfortunately, the desire to be stylish does leave me wanting to leave them at home for my upcoming vacation. Side note - everyone will be getting a pair for Christmas!"

-- Amanda C

FAQS

Answers to the most frequently asked questions are just a click away.

Can shoes cause ankle pain?

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Yes! Ill-fitting shoes (shoes that are too loose, too tight, or not supportive) can cause pain in the feet and ankles.

When shoes don’t give your feet the support they need or force your foot into an unnatural or uncomfortable position, it puts added stress on the bones, ligaments and tendons in both the ankles and feet. If you find that your shoes aggravate your ankle pain, it might be time to find a shoe that gives your ankles the support they need.

What are the best shoes for ankle pain?

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When it comes to supportive shoes, sometimes we think the more cushion the better. However, too much cushion without enough support puts even more stress on the bones, ligaments and tendons in your ankle joint.

For the best ankle support, choose a shoe with a supportive insole that has adequate arch support. This will keep your foot and ankle in the most natural position and prevent your ankle from over pronation (rolling inward more than it should) or under pronation (rolling outward more than it should). For back of ankle pain, shoes without a back can help that area heal without added pressure.

KURU has created some of the most comfortable shoes for ankle pain with increased support in the arch and heel to give you the most support and comfort possible.

What are the best shoes for peroneal tendonitis?

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Peroneal tendonitis is inflammation of the tendon that runs along the outside of the ankle and foot. The best shoes for peroneal tendonitis have plenty of cushion and good arch support along with a supportive heel cup to give total heel and ankle support without restricting movement.

KURU footwear is a smart choice for this condition, which includes our KURUCLOUD midsole. Made of lightweight EVA foam to absorb shock and diffuse the impact of each step, this foundation provides long-lasting comfort for all-day wear even when standing for prolonged periods or walking on hard surfaces.

What is posterior tibial tendonitis?

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Posterior tibial tendonitis happens when there is inflammation or tearing in the posterior tibial tendon. The posterior tibial tendon helps support your foot, holding up the arch, as you walk. Inflammation or injury to this tendon may lead to flat feet, as the tendon is no longer able to support the arch of the foot.

The best shoes for posterior tibial tendonitis have a stiff sole that helps give the bottoms of your feet a rest and provide relief from painful symptoms.

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