Type of Shoes You Should Wear With Plantar Fasciitis (2023)


Type of Shoes You Should Wear With Plantar Fasciitis

Bob and Brad demonstrate how to find the perfect support you need and types of shoes you need with Plantar Fasciitis.

This video is a part of a series of videos on how to treat Plantar Fasciitis on your own. Check out the full series of videos along with downloadable guide sheets for each video on our website here: bobandbrad.com/programs

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♪ Bob and Brad, ♪, ♪, The, two, most famous ♪ ♪, Physical, therapists, ♪, ♪, On, the internet ♪ - Hi folks, I'm, Bob, Schrupp, physical, therapist., - Brad Heineck, physical therapist.

- 'cause.

We are the most famous physical therapists on the internet.

- In.

Our opinion, of course, Bob.

- This video is a part of a series of videos on plantar fascitis.

Go to BobAndBrad.com for the entire series and you'll, you'll have enlightenment.

Today we're gonna talk about types of shoes.

You should wear with plantar fascitis.

Basically, with plantar fascia, remember.

The plantar fascia helps form the arch of your foot.

- Right.

- And generally, you're gonna wanna have a shoe with good arch.



You may be, even if you're not a runner, or if you haven't been a walker, you may wanna get a shoe that is a walking shoe or a running shoe.

- Sure, right.

- Because.

They have great arch supports in a lot of these.

- That doesn't mean that you should have a high arch.

If you're, a flat-footed person, you're, not gonna get a high arch and force it.


You need support that matches your foot.

- Right.

And so we're gonna show ya a test right now that you can do to help determine kinda what foot you have., So, basically.

You could take a.

You could take a bag, a paper bag, or you could take a vanilla folder.

Here, a vanilla envelope, here.

- (laughing) Right.

Lot of times, like a, a grocery bag.

One of those brown bags you get at the grocery store work really nice.

- [Bob] Work, really well.

I'm, just gonna go ahead and put my foot in some water, here, and I'm gonna go ahead and put it on top of the, the envelope and then I'm gonna put some weight on it.

And after it's, all said and done, you can actually see the imprint.

Now, we, mine's, really crude.


Did a lot better job on his.


This is my arch.

And you can see my arch is so high.

It doesn't even connect on the outside of the foot, even at some point.

The arch, is, I really do have a high arch.

- So.

This is his heel.

His toes are up.


And that, that connect, that's..

Put, your foot up.

There once, Bob.

- Up where? - Right up.

So they can see it.

- Oh yeah.

- Yeah.

So there's.

A section right? Here.

Doesn't, even-- - Touch, right.

- Contact very much.

- [Brad] I've got such a high arch.

- Right.

- And.

You've got about a medium.

- Right.

So you can see.

- You've got a more normal arch, I would say.

- I've got much more contact to the paper.



If you got a flat, foot, you're, gonna have a wet spot and it's gonna look like-- - Yeah, that spot's gonna get fit.

The arch is gonna get filled in.

If you have a flat, foot.

That is gonna be wet all the way through here.

- Yup.

And then you know, you're, definitely flat-footed if it fills all the way across like that.

- So, Brad.

If you wanna show ours, compared, mine, compared to yours.

- Oh sure, right., Right.

- So I do have more of an arch than Brad does.


This means I have a rigid foot.

This is not necessarily good, but it's gonna determine what kind of shoe I wanna wear.


He has a normal arch.

Now, with a, a flat foot.

You actually have more of a flexible.


There may be some laxity in the ligaments there.


It absorbs stress better, to some extent.


It spreads the forces out.

- Sometimes too much.

(laughing) - But sometimes too much, right.

- So.

You can see, I can get this marker way under Bob's arch and mine I can just, just get it in.

And if someone was flat foot, you wouldn't even be able to get your little finger in there.

- Right.

So let's go over some of the types of shoes, Brad.

The problem with shoes is there's.

Not a standard, standardization among the shoes, is there, Brad? - Right.

Well, there is motion control, stability.

And then cushions is kind of there, but-- - Kind of the three.

- To get to detail, with the exception of this store that we went here.

We went the Rogan's.

They have 31 stores in the Midwest, and they're actually developing their own system across the brands, but-- - From one to five.

- Right, but it's not, it's, not worldwide, or in the United States, it's, standard., So.

You have to learn how to do this.

- So.

This is just a generality here.


Now, if you have a rigid foot like I do, with a high arch, you're, generally go with what we call a cushioned, shoe., Now, a cushioned shoe.

It actually has just what it says.

It's, very cushioned.

- Right, soft.

- One test.

You can do on a cushioned shoe.

You can often take it.


This one's, not a complete cushioned shoe, but it's, a pretty good one.

You can grab the heel and the forefoot.

And you can actually twist it, wring it, almost like a rag.


Other test you can do is you grab the heel and the forefoot and you bend like this, and it actually bends right in the arch.

So there's, not a lot of support here, it's, just a lot of cushioning.

So go to the second shoe in the list here.

This is the one I actually do wear.

This one's for someone who has, would have either a normal arch, or maybe a little bit of a pronator.

For, whatever reason, it works for me.

I probably could go with more of a cushioned shoe.

Now with this one.

It actually does have a plastic portion in here.

That's, maintains.

The arch.

If I, push on here like this.

You can see it doesn't bend in the arch at all.

- [Brad] Right.

So it's stable right, here.

- [Bob] It's stable here on both sides.

It, actually even have a little plastic there too.

- [Brad] But.

It does get forgiving and flexes in the forefoot, which you'll see on the motion control's, not the case.

- Right.

And you can't twist, this one.

It, just.

It isn't gonna happen.

You can take your fingers.

And you can point it, push in here, it's, a little bit softer, here, but it's hard, plastic, there., All right.

Now we go to the motion control.


This is a heavier shoes.

First off., It's, kind of like a Herman Munster shoe here.


If I try to bend this, I can hardly bend this at all.

It's, very stiff.

This is for a severe pronator, I would say.

- In other words.

If you're really flat-footed, and things are startin' to collapse in, when you put weight on, and this falls in, and your ankle bone here is startin' to drift towards the floor.

You want some good support there.

So you don't have severe problems down the road.

- Right.

So again, now, you can feel.

This is really tough material in here.

And with all these, you're gonna wanna.

It should feel good right away, when the shoe.

You shouldn't have to break into it.

You, wanna be able to find a shoe that it feels good the day you put it on.

And, just because you are a severe pronator, doesn't mean, you're gonna need a motion control.

You might get by with a stability.

You've gotta experiment around with it.

- But.

At least, you know, and there are some sales people that really know their shoes.

And some that don't.

(chuckles) - Right.

The idea is.

The point of this whole video is we wanted to show you there are different shoes.

So you wanna make sure that you try different ones to see which one works best for you.

- So plan on trying a number of shoes.


And, actually get up and walk with-- - Walkin' around in the store.

- Don't just try 'em on and stand on 'em.

You need to walk.

- I even run in the store.

If you're a runner.

I actually-- - I can just see (laughing) vroom, back and forth.

(laughing) - I think some places have treadmills that I've gone to.

- That.

Well there was one in La Crosse.

And then they went out of business for some reason.

(laughing) But I always say, you should have a treadmill in here, and they never put one in at the store.

I go to.

(laughing) - All right.

Go ahead and watch, keep watchin' this program, this series of programs because.

This series of videos, I should say, 'cause it'll, give you the answers to all your needs for plantar fascitis.

- You better believe it.

- Thanks for watching.

- Enjoy.


Type of Shoes You Should Wear With Plantar Fasciitis? ›

"Gym shoes are usually the most supportive and can accommodate an orthotic, which many people with plantar fasciitis or a history of plantar fasciitis wear," Lee says.

Do I need special shoes for plantar fasciitis? ›

“If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, it is best to look for shoes with a thick firm cushion and one with arch support. Arch support helps decrease tension on the plantar fascia and a cushiony sole helps decrease the impact on the heel,” says Solomon.

Is it better to wear flat shoes with plantar fasciitis? ›

With plantar fasciitis, choose flats that have arch support. Also choose flats that have a very thick sole to them, so that you are absorbing less of the shock when you walk. You may also consider purchasing some orthotic inserts if you really want to wear your flats.

What aggravates plantar fasciitis? ›

Standing for long periods

Predictably, being on your feet all day can exacerbate your plantar fasciitis. If your job or daily activities require you to stand for long stretches of time, make it a point to take breaks for a few minutes throughout the day.

What do podiatrist recommend for plantar fasciitis? ›

At the first signs of plantar fasciitis, a combination of rest and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications often brings pain under control. Combined with icing the heel, this may be all the treatment you need.

Do Crocs help with plantar fasciitis? ›

This is why Crocs can help in treating plantar fasciitis. Not only do they fit the foot well, but they are also well-cushioned - guaranteeing comfort while walking. Moreover, they have rigid soles that provide firm support to the foot. The rigidity prevents twisting of the foot, which puts strain on the foot and leg.

Do you need high arch support for plantar fasciitis? ›

Conditions like plantar fasciitis can cause your feet to hurt, specifically in the heel. This condition is caused by a lack of support in the bottom of the foot. Arch support and orthotics can do wonders in reducing symptoms by offering your feet the support needed to reduce inflammation and increase mobility.

Is more or less cushion better for plantar fasciitis? ›

People with plantar fasciitis will need extra cushioning in their running shoes to relieve pain and provide support. Finding the right running shoe will help minimize foot and heel pain and may improve running performance.

What shoes should I avoid with plantar fasciitis? ›

Shoes which often make plantar fasciitis worse are flat slip on shoes or pumps. Ugg boots are also very bad. Flip flops are bad yet remain a popular choice of footwear for many people, particularly those that live in warmer climate.

What not to do with plantar fasciitis? ›

Habits that can worsen plantar fasciitis
  1. Staying overweight.
  2. Sitting or standing for long periods.
  3. Wearing inappropriate shoes.
  4. Pushing through pain and discomfort.
  5. Neglecting the need to stretch and strengthen.

Can shoes affect plantar fasciitis? ›

Conclusions: Footwear plays an important role in causing plantar fasciitis as the majority of the diagnosed cases wear inappropriate shoes with minimal heel height, thin sole, and hard insole without any built-in arch support.

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