Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the most common source of heel pain in the United States, and an estimated 1 in 10 people will develop PF at some point in their lives. Your plantar fascia is a band of tissue beneath your foot, and when that tissue becomes inflamed or damaged the result is plantar fasciitis. The stabbing pain in your heel or the arch of your foot can hold you back, but the good news is that the right shoes can often prevent, or help you recover from, plantar fasciitis!

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What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

The word plantar means relating to the sole of the foot, and fascia refers to fibrous tissue in your body. Your plantar fascia, then, is a band of connective tissue that runs beneath the sole of your foot. This tissue absorbs shock and supports you while you walk, and when it becomes inflamed or irritated the result is called plantar fasciitis.

Wear and tear on this weblike ligament is common, but when you push your plantar fascia too far that inflammation or irritation can become painful. The pain is most often felt in the heel, but also sometimes in the bottom or arch of your foot. Pain from plantar fasciitis can become worse when you walk or stand for long periods of time. You may feel the pain most intensely after moving from rest to activity, often first thing in the morning as you get out of bed and get moving.

Plantar fasciitis is often associated with heel spurs, but many doctors now believe that even if spurs are present they may not be the source of heel pain. Conservative treatments to relieve plantar fasciitis are generally the first step before seeking out surgical solutions.

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I bought two pair this time around because these have been the best shoes I've ever found to help me with plantar fasciitis. I'm on my feet a lot, mostly on tile or hardwood floors, and these keep my feet from hurting. I also have a hard time finding shoes that accommodate the width at my toes, and these have enough room. Definitely worth the money!"



They work as described, emphasizing that "as described" here includes the break in period instructions. The insert has a standard base shape at first that is somewhat uncomfortable, but during break it forms well to your foot. Mine felt pretty well matched to my foot after 3 or 4 days despite 2 weeks being suggested. I do not spend long hours on my feet, but I run in them every morning and my plantar fasciitis pain is almost non-existent."

- ROY01

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Feel like you’re walking on clouds with our KURUCLOUD midsole. The lightweight blend of foams offer plenty of cushion and bounce, protecting you from heel to arch to ankle. While plantar fasciitis pain is most common in the heel, your plantar fascia runs the length of your foot and KURUCLOUD helps protect every inch of it.



The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain, and when the pain flares up every step can make you wince. Unlike anything else, our patented KURUSOLE cushions and hugs your heels to protect you from impact. The dynamic flexing action redirects stress and impact with each step, which can help prevent plantar fasciitis or speed up your recovery!



Getting the right level of arch support can make finding shoes a chore, and many people turn to expensive orthotics or clumsy inserts they have to constantly replace and move from shoe to shoe. Our ULTIMATE INSOLES use space-age foams that harness your own body heat to mold to the unique shape of your feet over time, giving you custom support. ULTIMATE INSOLES protect your plantar fascia with cushion where you want it, and support precisely where you need it!
KURU Footwear's ULTIMATE INSOLE features high-quality arch support and dual-density foam that molds to the shape of your feet

Plantar Fasciitis Causes & Symptoms

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

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain, by far. And while not all heel pain is related to plantar fasciitis, it is the most common cause. So if you’re dealing with heel pain you or your doctor will likely begin by checking for plantar fasciitis.

Patients usually feel pain in just one heel, but in up to 30 percent of cases the pain is in both heels. Pain located near the back of your ankle may be from Achilles tendinitis (another common overuse injury that regularly afflicts runners) rather than plantar fasciitis. Pain located at the back of the heel that is more intense at the end of the day could be from bursitis.

Plantar fasciitis, on the other hand, generally presents as a stabbing sensation in the bottoms of your heels or the soles of your feet. The pain is often most intense when you start moving after a period of inactivity—most commonly first thing in the morning as you get out of bed. If the pain flares when you stand up after you’ve been sitting or driving for a long time, that’s another sign you may have plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation and irritation on your plantar fascia, and it is most commonly an overuse injury. Every step we take puts stress and strain on our bodies, but when you overdo it that’s when plantar fasciitis rears its ugly head.

People who are active on weekends but less active during the work week often experience plantar fasciitis, as do those who suddenly increase their level of activity without giving their body time to adjust. If you’ve recently switched to a high impact exercise, or started a new job that requires more standing or walking than you’re used to, you’re at higher risk for PF. Pregnant women are also susceptible to plantar fasciitis due to the extra strain from increased weight.

Two women standing on the stairs in their yoga pants and KURU ATOM shoes for plantar fasciitis

People who are active on weekends but less active during the work week often experience plantar fasciitis, as do those who suddenly increase their level of activity without giving their body time to adjust. If you’ve recently switched to a high impact exercise, or started a new job that requires more standing or walking than you’re used to, you’re at higher risk for PF. Pregnant women are also susceptible to plantar fasciitis due to the extra strain from increased weight.

Most Common Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

The most common causes of plantar fasciitis include physical activities, foot structure, obesity, occupation, and more.

Physical Activities
Running, playing basketball, soccer or tennis, gymnastics, and other types of physical activities that include continuous pounding of your feet can make you prone to getting plantar fasciitis. Thus, if you’re an athlete or a long-distance runner, you have a higher chance of developing plantar fascia issues.

Foot Structure
Do you have flat feet or fallen arches? Then, you’re more susceptible to developing plantar fasciitis as the whole sole of your feet has a higher chance of coming into contact with the ground when you stand. At the same time, high arches can cause plantar fasciitis given the excessive pressure on the ball or heel of your feet. A tight Achilles tendon increases the risk, too.

If you’re obese or you’ve suddenly gained weight, you’re more likely to develop plantar fasciitis, given that the pressure on your feet increases, too. As excessive weight can cause damage to the plantar fascia, shock absorption becomes weak, which will result in heel pain.

Factory workers, cashiers, waiters, teachers, and other types of jobs that require constant standing or walking for extended periods also increase the risk of getting plantar fasciitis.

Type of Shoes
Wearing the wrong type of shoes not only affects your walking but also causes more stress on the plantar fascia. At the same time, using old and low-quality shoes can cause pain and discomfort. Fortunately, you can purchase the best plantar fasciitis shoes from KURU. Whether you’re looking for plantar fasciitis shoes for women or plantar fasciitis shoes for men, our KURUSOLE technology facilitates dynamic flexing and maximum heel support.

Compared to men, women have higher chances of developing plantar fasciitis. While reasons are unclear, one of the possible reasons is pregnancy. Given the additional weight on the ligament, inflammation can occur, resulting in heel pain. Pregnant women often develop plantar fasciitis in the third trimester.

Plantar Fasciitis Facts & Stats

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

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

We all know that good shoes for plantar fasciitis offer both cushion and support, but did you know that strengthening and stretching the surrounding muscles is another key part of the puzzle?

Treatment usually starts with conservative options you can do at home, and with good shoes for plantar fasciitis that offer both cushion and support. If possible you’ll want to rest, ice and elevate your feet to give them relief—but strengthening and stretching the surrounding
muscles is another key part of the puzzle.

Because plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury, resting your feet and taking some of the strain off may help. If you can, elevate your feet when you sit down because it increases circulation and that helps your body heal more quickly. For swelling and stiffness, icing your heels or
the painful spot for 15 minutes at a time may help. Just be sure to use a towel or other covering because placing ice or ice packs directly on your skin can cause damage!

While overdoing things can cause PF, a lack of physical activity can also be a problem. If the muscles in your feet or legs weaken too much, you are at a greater risk for plantar fasciitis. It’s also helpful to stretch and warm up before physical activity, as this makes you less likely to injure or inflame tissue like your plantar fascia.

Adding stretches and exercises aimed at plantar fasciitis to your daily routine can also be a big help. Many of these stretches can be done at home without specialized equipment, making them an easy way to promote your health.

Woman wearing a pair of KURU ATOM plantar fasciitis shoes stretching her legs before going for a run

Adding stretches and exercises aimed at plantar fasciitis to your daily routine can also be a big help. Many of these stretches can be done at home without specialized equipment, making them an easy way to promote your health.

Plantar Fasciitis Exercises and Stretches

When you have plantar fasciitis, you can feel either dull or sharp pain. However, when irritation and inflammation worsen, the pain also heightens. Fortunately, you can help reduce the pain, loosen the plantar fascia ligaments, and strengthen this area in your foot by performing some stretches and exercises. These include:

  • Standing calf stretch: Standing calf stretch: This includes leaning your hands against a wall, keeping the affected leg straight, and then bending your other knee in front. Your feet have to stay flat on the ground. Then, hold it for 10 seconds.
  • Toe curls with towel: Sit on a chair with a small towel on the floor. Then, place the affected foot flat on the towel, and crunch the towel up with your toes to help pull it in toward you. Let your toes relax, and then let go of the towel. You can do this 10 times and at least once a day.
  • Rolling stretch: By using a golf ball, rolling pin, or a dedicated foam roller to perform this exercise. Simply place the object under your foot, and then roll it back and forth to help loosen your foot muscles.
  • Marble pickup: While sitting on a chair, keep your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. Then, put several marbles on the floor. Curl your toes to get each marble. Do this 20 times.
  • Seated foot stretch: After sitting on a chair, cross your affected heel over the other leg. Then, create tension in your foot’s arch by pulling your toes toward the shin. Hold for about 10 seconds, and you can do the same stretching twice or thrice.

Plantar Fasciitis Home Remedies

Here are the different home remedies to help relieve pain from plantar fasciitis:

  • Apply ice: An ice cube and ice pack can help ease inflammation. Cover the ice pack with a thin towel. Then, hold it over the affected for at least 15 minutes and three times a day.
  • Put lavender essential oil: Apply a drop or two and massage it on the soles of your feet.
  • Wear the best shoes for plantar fasciitis: Shoes with excellent arch and heel support makes for good shoes for plantar fasciitis. Shop the best shoes for plantar fasciitis women and the best shoes for plantar fasciitis men at KURU.
  • Wear a night splint: This helps stretch your arches and calves, thus managing plantar fasciitis.

Plantar Fasciitis Cure

While there’s no cure for plantar fasciitis, several treatments and techniques are available to help manage the pain caused by the condition, including pain relievers, orthotics, and night splints. Surgical and other options include:

  • Ultrasonic tissue repair: Through ultrasound imaging, this minimally invasive technology makes a needlelike probe reach the damaged tissue. It quickly vibrates and breaks up the damaged plantar fascia tissue. It's then suctioned out.
  • Injection: Steroid injections can offer temporary relief. However, multiple shots should be avoided, so your plantar fascia doesn't rupture.
  • Surgery: For severe cases, surgery may be performed, so the plantar fascia detaches from the heel bone. Doctors may perform it as an open procedure or with a small incision and local anesthesia.
  • Gastrocnemius recession: The calf muscle is lengthened to improve ankle motion and then release plantar fascia stress. Research showed that it may help enhance foot function and relieve symptoms in obese patients experiencing chronic plantar fasciitis. However, more research is still necessary.

Oftentimes, people with plantar fasciitis recover after a few months of home remedies, like stretching, applying ice, and resting. Becoming more aware of your lifestyle helps lower the chances of developing plantar fasciitis. Try low-impact exercises like biking or swimming. Stretch your calves, plantar fascia, and Achilles tendon before starting your exercise. Make sure not to put too much stress on your plantar fascia with excessive running.

Replace your athletic shoes regularly too. Obesity or excessive weight can also cause plantar fascia, so you might want to lose or manage your weight. Then, choose doctor-recommended shoes for plantar fasciitis. Our collection of the best shoes for planters fasciitis offers maximum arch protection and custom support. With a proper lifestyle, maximum foot care, and the right plantar fasciitis shoes, you can help keep your heel and feet free from pain and inflammation.

What to Look for in Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Here are the features to find when choosing the best shoes for plantar fasciitis:

  • Firm heel counter: Plantar fasciitis shoes should have a firm heel counter. This helps regulate abnormal plantar fascia stretching. It also helps relieve pain and inflammation in the arch and heel.
  • Arch support: The best shoes to wear for plantar fasciitis offer excellent arch support located at the right position under the arch to keep your feet protected, help ease pain, and manage overpronation. In turn, there’s less pressure on the plantar fascia.
  • Deep heel cup: KURU’s wide variety of planters fasciitis shoes have a heel-cupping design that offers better support for your feet and helps manage supination and pronation.
  • Superb cushioning and reduced impact: Good shoes for plantar fasciitis offer exceptional cushioning. Our premium-grade KURU shoes are made of lightweight foams that provide plenty of cushion. They also allow dynamic flexing, relieving stress and impact.

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"Best shoe for plantar fasciitis ever

Have had no pain since wearing them. I was in excruciating pain before finding KURU."

-- Lonnie


I bought these because I have plantar fasciitis in both feet and one foot has a heel spur. These sneakers are excellent, I can now walk comfortable again and no pain. I just wish I had known of this company before. I will be buying all my sneakers from them. Great fit from the first day and I didn't even have to wear them in. They were also a true fit on the size."

-- Patty1215

"Soooooooooo comfortable!!!

I have been dealing with plantar fasciitis for a while and this shoe has helped greatly in reducing pain. The support these shoes provide have even helped other knee and back pains that I had not associated with my feet. Would recommend these to everyone

-- Fletch


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

What does plantar fasciitis feel like? How do I know if I have plantar fasciitis?


Plantar fasciitis gives you dull, annoying to sharp, stabbing pain near the heel. Others describe it as burning pain from the heel through the bottom of your foot. While you usually feel extreme pain upon waking up in the morning, you may also feel the same after sitting or lying down for too long. If you're walking or standing for extended periods, the pain worsens too.

You’ll know if you have plantar fasciitis if you have aching or sore arches, experience swelling around the ankle or heel, and sharp heel pain. Because of the heel stiffness, you’ll find it hard to climb stairs too. During physical activities, they don’t usually flare up. However, shortly after the activity, you can feel the pain. Just by looking at your feet and asking a couple of questions, your doctor can also determine whether you have plantar fasciitis.

How do I treat plantar fasciitis?


You can take pain relievers like naproxen sodium and ibuprofen. Be sure to consult your doctor as you must not take them excessively. Your doctor may recommend shock wave therapy too to stimulate healing through sound waves. However, this may include side effects like numbness, pain, swelling, and bruises. Steroid injections are also possible.

They’re injected into the tender part to temporarily relieve pain and inflammation. However, you shouldn't have several shots as this can lead to the weakened plantar fascia and even rupture.

If home remedies and other methods are not effective, and your plantar fasciitis is becoming more severe, your doctor may have to perform surgery. For instance, they may recommend gastrocnemius recession or calf muscle lengthening to improve flexibility and ankle motion, reducing stress on the plantar fascia. Plantar fascia release may also be performed, wherein the surgeon cuts a portion of your plantar fascia ligament to release tension and ease inflammation. The plantar fascia may be detached from the heel bone, and it could be performed as an open surgery or endoscopically.

What are the best shoes for treating plantar fasciitis?


The best shoes for plantar fasciitis cushion and protect you from heel to arch to ankle. Shielding your plantar fascia, which runs beneath most of your foot, from stress can help prevent plantar fasciitis or help with recovery. Each KURU includes our patented KURUSOLE technology, which dynamically flexes to cup and cushion your heel with each step—so you can find Pain Relief Beyond Belief in any style. It’s no wonder doctors recommend our shoes for plantar fasciitis!

Do your shoes really help with plantar fasciitis heel pain?


When every step hurts, it’s hard to do the things you love. Thousands of KURU customers have sent us reviews or letters about the way our shoes have helped them get their lives back. Most people who purchase KURUs for their plantar fasciitis keep the shoes and even order more, and many report immediate relief! For others it can take longer—up the full break-in period of a few weeks. We make it easy to decide if KURU is right for you with free returns and exchanges for 45 days after purchase.

What causes plantar fasciitis to flare up?


Several factors trigger heel pain from plantar fasciitis. One of the most common is excessive exercise. You may be running too much or faster than you should or trying a new sport that requires a lot of moving. If you’re overweight, you’re also more prone to plantar fasciitis due to the added pressure on your plantar fascia.

The same is true if you're pregnant, especially in the third trimester, as you gain weight during this period. Choosing the wrong shoes is also a huge factor, so purchase the best shoes for plantar fasciitis men at KURU, complete with superior arch and heel support and cushioning.

How long can plantar fasciitis last?


Plantar fasciitis usually goes away within 3 to 12 months. The period of recovery, however, depends on several factors, such as your level and kind of physical activity and the consistency of applying home remedies. If at-home treatments are not working, consult a healthcare provider for other treatments and faster recovery.



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