Can Shoes Cause Plantar Fasciitis and How to Prevent?

can shoes cause plantar fasciitisPlantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick ligament tissue which connects your heel bones to your toes (plantar fascia). It is one of the main causes of heel pain. 

There are many causes of plantar fasciitis. But a question may arise in your mind. Can shoes cause plantar Fasciitis? The answer is yes and no. Wearing the wrong pair of shoes can cause plantar fasciitis. One the other hand, supportive shoes or boots can prevent you from plantar fasciitis. Now the question is, how do you know which shoes are good or bad for plantar fasciitis?

Which shoes are best or worst for Plantar fasciitis?

Ultra-High Heels shoes or boots

Shoes with ultra-high heels are the worst type of shoes for people suffering from plantar fasciitis. It can make the situation even worse. If you don’t have plantar fasciitis, you will be at risk of developing this condition with these kinds of shoes.

The arch of your boot is raised up when you wear ultra-high heel boots. It will put immense pressure on the ball of the foot. This will enhance your chances of growing plantar fasciitis. So if you have already plantar fasciitis, you can choose these boots for yourself.

Flat Feet 

If the high heel is your number one enemy, flat feet are your 2nd enemy for plantar fasciitis. It creates the opposite problem of a high heel. Usually, flats don’t offer any support for your feet’s arches. Thus it can cause the strain on the rest of your feet. If you have flat feet, avoid flat footwear. It can develop plantar fasciitis.

Old Shoe Problem

Wearing old shoes can also result in plantar fasciitis. Old worn shoes don’t provide support like the new shoes do to your feet. It is because the sole is worn down and became thin through frequent uses. It can distribute uneven pressure on your feet, which can make plantar fasciitis worse. Thick and cushioned shoes make your feet comfortable and give you all the necessary support so you can be safe from the foot injury. So if you have old shoes that are unusable, recycle it

New Shoes Problem

You can blame old shoes causing Plantar fasciitis. What about news shoes? Can you blame new shoes? Yes, right. New shoes are equally responsible for this condition.

Shoes, particularly new leather shoes, are very stiff in fresh and new conditions. It can rub your heel bone and create discomfort and ultimately lead to different problems like Plantar fasciitis.

The only solution is to break in your new shoes. There are many options available to break in shoes. You can try one of them. 

Poor arch supported shoes

If you have foot problems like high arches or flat feet, you may face plantar fasciitis problem in shoes with soft soles. Shoes with poor arch support are also responsible for developing this condition. 

Running with extra Miles

Running on hard surfaces with extra miles can lead to plantar fasciitis. Make sure you wear athletic shoes while running and the shoes fit properly. Don’t forget to replace your athletic shoes after running 250 to 300 milage. Now, how do you calculate your mileage? If you walk on an average of 5 miles per day, your shoe performance will reduce gradually after 50 days onwards. It will increase the risk of plantar fasciitis. If you wear your running shoes in different occasions besides running, it will add some extra miles.

A sudden shift from high heel shoes to flat feet shoes

Sudden shifting to flat running shoes can cause plantar fasciitis after wearing high heel boots or shoes for a long time. So don’t switch to flat footwear immediately after wearing high heel shoes. 

Don’t go barefoot

Never go barefoot. I repeat, ‘never’! At least go with slippers or sandals while walking around your home. Just because you don’t feel the pain in your foot, it does not mean that you are risk-free from plantar fasciitis. 

Who are at high risk of Plantar fasciitis?

Overweight Men or Women

If you are overweight, you are at a high risk of developing plantar fasciitis. It is because your whole body weight creates pressure on your feet. 

Pregnant Women

The same thing happens for pregnant women. Plantar fasciitis may be developed in the 3rd semester of pregnancy period. They need cushioned footbed for their footwear. And obviously, they need lightweight footwear. There are many footwears in the market that are super comfy and light. 

Worker involve in heavy work or frequent foot movement

Plantar fasciitis can also develop in those who engaged in jobs requiring standing all-time long or frequent foot movements or heavy work, such as waiters in restaurants, factory workers, teachers, nurses, etc. They need special shoes which are comfortable and foot supportive. 


Properly fitted shoes with arch support can improve plantar fasciitis. But you can not blame ill-fitted shoes alone for plantar fasciitis. Properly fitted shoes do not only give you a solution. You also have to maintain some routine work to cure your plantar fasciitis. If you have a severe condition, consult with your doctor for proper medical care rather than taking home treatment.

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