What are the best running shoes for plantar fasciitis?

This is a hard question to answer, as there is probably no right answer. There is no one best running shoe for anything. There is probably a best running shoe for each individual and that particular shoe will be different for each runner.

The problem is that if you asked a group of runners for a recommendation of a running shoe for plantar fasciitis, for every runner that says ‘X model’ of running shoe cured their plantar fasciitis, another runner will be adamant that the same ‘X model’ of running shoes was the cause of their plantar fasciitis, so that kind of advice is pretty useless. There is no research that has shown that any particular running shoe or design features or category of running shoe is helpful for plantar fasciitis. All runners are different and will respond differently to different running shoes.

The only caveat to the above is that there is good evidence that tight calf muscles are a big risk factor for plantar fasciitis, so hypothetically a running shoe with a higher drop is possibly going to be more useful in those with plantar fasciitis as the higher lift to the heel will help with the tight calf muscles (and off course, stretching is vital too).

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