Plantar Fasciitis Shoes: A Good Fit For You And Your Budget?
You’ve just been diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis and have come home, opened your closet and are seeing your favorite pairs of shoes in a whole new light. Instead of simply considering how your shoes look, you’re now realizing that none of them offer the support you need to help you recover from heel pain, heel spurs or Plantar Fasciitis. Good for you for giving some thought to this – you have a decision to make and the health of your feet are at stake!
Your smartest first step is to ban from your closet any shoes that have become excessively worn down in the insole or on the heel. Worn out shoes can alter your gait and increase the risk and pain of Plantar Fasciitis. Shoes with high heels or narrow toes are out for now, too. Don’t slant or cramp your ailing feet! So where does that leave you in the footwear department? Maybe you’ve narrowed your options down to one or two pairs of comfortable shoes that are in reasonably good shape. Maybe you’re not sure if any of your shoes are up to the task of helping you recover from the inflammation and tissue tears associated with Plantar Fasciitis. Knowing your options will help you make the best possible choice – read on!
Shoes For Plantar Fasciitis
There are numerous brands of shoes designed specifically for reducing the pain of Plantar Fasciitis. Not all brands are of equal quality, so it’s a smart idea to read plenty of reviews before making a purchase. The main benefit of shoes for heel pain is in the convenience that they offer to the wearer. Rather than having to modify an existing pair of shoes, Plantar Fasciitis shoes come ready-to-wear. These days, these types of orthotic shoes are being manufactured in a variety of styles, making it relatively easy to find a pair that suits your aesthetics. Many wearers report a significant decrease in heel pain with daily wear of Plantar Fasciitis shoes.
Those are all the positives! Plantar Fasciitis shoes are convenient, can reduce pain and are now being made in a number of styles. They may be just what the doctor ordered, but before you make a purchase, consider the following possible drawbacks:
- While many orthotic shoes feature special cushioning designed to lessen heel pain, this is not necessarily the same thing as actually resolving an underlying condition like Plantar Fasciitis. Unless the shoe has been designed to bring healthy realignment back to the plantar fascia ligament and the biomechanics of the foot, the results may be pain reduction – not resolution.
- If you’re on a shoestring budget (pun intended!) the price tag on these types of shoes may come as an unpleasant surprise. Though some brands start in the $75 range, special shoes for Plantar Fasciitis regularly run in the hundreds of dollars. Do some comparison shopping online, and you’ll find that an average price for a pair of these shoes is between $100 and $200, with some brands being even more expensive. If this isn’t in your budget, don’t despair; you have other options which we’ll discuss below.
- None of the orthotic shoes you find may be to your taste. If you’re particular about the visual appeal of your footwear, you may feel restricted by what’s currently available in these types of shoes. If you already own some favorite pairs of shoes and they are in good condition and don’t slant or cramp your feet, you may prefer to modify your existing shoes rather than buying new orthotic shoes you don’t really like.
At this point, you’re well on your way to considering whether Plantar Fasciitis shoes make sense for you and your budget. Before you make a final decision, consider your other options:
Plantar Fasciitis Shoe Inserts
Modifying your existing shoes with inserts specifically designed for Plantar Fasciitis can represent a major financial savings while also allowing you to maintain more control over your footwear choices. This does not mean you should toss out the idea of a $200 pair of Plantar Fasciitis shoes in favor of a $5 pair of shoe inserts you pick up at the drug store. It is absolutely essential that you purchase orthotic inserts manufactured for Plantar Fasciitis sufferers. Here at Heel That Pain, we offer clinically proven HTP Heel Seats, GEL Heel Seats and Full Length Heel Seats that represent the culmination of 30 years of research in the field of Plantar Fasciitis, heel pain and heel spurs. Our inserts are an option worth considering because:
- Heel That Pain’s orthotics feature patented Fascia-Bar technology and acupressure therapy you won’t find in any other inserts or any shoes on the market. This combination of non-invasive technologies treats the underlying causes of Plantar Fasciitis, rather than simply reducing discomfort. Nine out of ten Heel That Pain customers report amazing, successful outcomes using our orthotics.
- Priced between $24.95 and $34.95, HTP orthotic shoe inserts are easy on your wallet. Not only are our inserts sold at a fraction of the cost of most Plantar Fasciitis shoes, but they tend to be less expensive than most of our competitors’ inserts, too.
- Our inserts can be used in any pair of shoes that are in good condition, making it unnecessary to purchase new or special shoes, just because you’ve got Plantar Fasciitis.
The choice is yours. Plantar Fasciitis shoes can be a good solution for many situations, but the most important deciding factor should be finding a product that agrees with your sense of style, meets your budget and will actually help you heal from your condition.