questionswhat shoes are best for plantar fasciitis?

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I should note that I do the stretches, exercises and ice my foot down regularly. I also use a night splint to keep my toes pointed up to keep the Plantar Fascia stretched when I sleep.

However, I cannot avoid being on my feet every day. I need a good pair of shoes so my PF and feet don't hurt as much during the day and at the end of the day.

Thanks again.

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I have had excellent results from Orthaheel brand. They aren't cheap in my opinion, but you are not going to find relief for PF in cheap shoes. I am also a fan of Merrells (also not cheap).

My PF was so bad several years ago, I got a cortisone shot in my heel. Not fun. The next time it flared up I ordered a pair of Orthaheel sandals from footsmart.com and I got relief in just a few days. They have a rather extreme arch support which feels a little funny at first. I have a very high arch, so I got used to it quickly.

Good luck and keep stretching!

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Uggghh! Sorry about your feet. I read a little bit about it, sounds painful. Found something that looks like it's MacGyver recommended. Might work, right?

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@gmwhit: Your embedded link isn't working. I managed to get through to the article and the duct tape idea sounds interesting.

Here is the link again. Let's see if it works.
http://voices.yahoo.com/duct-tape-cured-plantar-fasciitis-130955.html?cat=70

Okay, to make it work you'll have to copy and paste the link directly into your browser address bar. At least that is how I got it to work.

Anyway, off to get some tape.

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@hot72chev: I'll keep an eye out for those shoes. Thanks for the link to the online store. They seem to have everything for your foot. Even stuff you didn't know existed.

Thanks again.

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I've always liked my merrell's. Very comfortable and supportive.

It's always been my goal to find the perfect shoe, something that is both very comfortable and looks good.

Currently, my main shoes are Hush Puppies Lunar IIs. They aren't as comfortable as my old Merrell Jungle Mocs, but they look nicer and are still very comfortable. Also a bit cheaper which doesn't hurt. The lunars took a bit of breaking in though. Still, I like them.

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I wear sketchers shapeups and they make my feet feel fine. As long as i wear these I don't wear my orthotic and my feet fee great. Used to be I fellt like i was walking barefoot on glass by the end of the day when i wore the orthotic. Now my feet basically feel the same at the beginning or end of the day.

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I suffered from plantar fasciitis for over a year where it hurt like hell from the moment I got out of bed and even just walking was painful.

I had great luck with these --> http://www.heel-that-pain.com/heel_seats.php specifically the htp seats. Wearing those combined with stretching made the fasciitis eventually disappear. It hasn't bothered me at all in several years, and I don't wear the htp seats anymore. Good luck!

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@thetexastwister: You are very welcome! I do swear by the Orthaheels, and they have mens, womens, sandals, casuals, sneakers, and inserts.

As for FootSmart, I have to say I consider them a very reputable company. I have always had excellent customer service from them. Sign up for the e-mails and you'll get extra discounts and free shipping sometimes.

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@gmwhit: Y'know, I'm wondering if athletic tape or Kinesiology Tape would make for a good substitute for duct tape.

Any thoughts?

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Danskos. We moved to California and have tile floors now. My feet were killing me and a nurse friend recommended these. They work great. I went from having to hobble around like a 90 year old to being able to walk normally.

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@thetexastwister: I had that, and everyone I spoke to that also had that before couldn't give me a ton of information on what they did to make it go away. I work in a huge aircraft hangar and I walk on concrete all day. I bought different shoes (expensive ones), and it didn't seem to matter. The one thing that helped me MORE than anything else was to not wear the same shoes with the same heel height for more than one day. Every day, wear different shoes than yesterday with a different heel height. I have a friend, it happened to him and he runs triathlons. He also wears Donald Pliner shoes. I told him about my experience and he did the same thing and it helped him, too. It does not matter how good the shoe is, or how expensive it is. You need to wear a different heel height every day.

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Seeing this rather late... hope you're feeling better. I dealt with this around 2 yrs ago. I was concerned about getting custom orthotics that were hard, and mentioned this to the podiatrist. He said not to worry, and got me some that were softer, flexible, but had the support where I needed it. They've been great, though my insurance wouldn't cover them and they were terribly expensive.

As far as shoes are concerned, he looked at the running shoes I wore daily and showed how they easily bent in the middle... told me that when shopping for shoes, to find something stiff in the middle. Try bending it with your hands and you'll see what I mean. I also look for those that have removable insoles so I can put the orthotics in.

Keep doing the exercises... ALWAYS, though you can cut back on the amount and frequency a while after you're feeling better. Good luck!

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Thank you to everyone who has posted an answer to my question. You have all given me much to think about. I'll keep an eye out for those shoes on the internet or in stores. I prefer to buy in store so I can try them on for fit. Not every shoe fits the same. (I typically wear a size 12, but a pair of Skecher tennis shoes I own are a size eleven while a pair of Crocs are size 14, go figure).

I guess I'll just need to get my feet properly measured so I'll know what to order.

Thank you again for all these wonderful suggestions and ideas.

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My wife had the same problems with her feet.
I put a foot roller and a yoga block under her desk at work.

Foot Roller http://amzn.com/B0002Y1C6K
Yoga Block http://amzn.com/B000VDRQTY

I told her to stretch her foot with them.

Obviously this only works if you have a desk job...

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Gravity Defyer!!! My husband's P.F. Was cured years ago but came back recently. He bought Gravity Drfyer shoes & has no pain while wearing them. Keep an eye on Zulily.com.n the have them periodically at a greatly reduce stand. Good luck.

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I'm a bit late here, but I found Kurus to be the best for plantar fasciitis. For some amazing reason they have been way more successful than the other brands that I've tried in the past. www.kurufootwear.com