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Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by Craig Payne, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator


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    In a previous thread:
    What I learnt from joining some patient support groups for plantar fasciitis I was reporting on what people with plantar fasciitis thinks help them

    Obviously, results from self-selected online surveys carry very little weight and are at the bottom of the evidence hierarchy.

    BUT, from this thread:
    Patient ratings of the different treatments for plantar fasciitis
    changing shoes was the most highly rated by people with plantar fasciitis as to what they did that they thought helped the most.

    As a follow up, this site, asked what shoes helped the most. See their graphic below.

    Conclusion: there is no best shoe for plantar fasciitis. The site that did this survey concluded that changing shoes is more important than what shoes you use.

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  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    Even though very little weight should be given to the results online surveys, it is interesting that those with plantar fasciitis give so much weight to the use of crocs, especially considering that we are supposed to not like them:
    Here's What Podiatrists Think About Your Crocs

    ..unfortunately that is really poor journalism as it was not what "Podiatrists think", but what one podiatrist thinks ... those who have plantar fasciitis think differently
  3. I commonly recommend Crocs sandals for around-the-home use for my patients with proximal plantar fasciitis. Most patients find them very helpful and like the ability to have a slip-on shoe for walking around the house that actually helps their plantar fasciitis (and is not an enclosed shoe). I've been also personally using them for nearly 10 years. They especially seem to be helpful for patients who have tile or hardwood floors (non-carpeted floors) in their home, probably due the the relatively good shock-absorbing ability in the rearfoot portion of the sole of the Crocs sandals.
  4. William Fowler

    William Fowler Active Member

    Did you miss the memo that podiatrists are not supposed to like crocs? :dizzy:
  5. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    I think the issue is that there are plenty of patients with plantar fasciitis who like them and think it fixed their plantar fasciitis .... whether it did or did not is a moot point (ie placebo, natural history, etc); they think it helped .... and then we have that Huff Post article from last month saying Podiatrists don't like them and don't recommend them; when that is not the case at all.
  6. Dieter Fellner

    Dieter Fellner Well-Known Member

    I totally agree. I was screaming at the idiotic article about Crocs. I have worn Crocs for years and have intermittent PF which is well controlled with this type of footwear. 'One size doesn't fit all' but I suspect many a sufferer can benefit similarly. And they are cheap. So, what y'got to loose.

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