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avenue
06-07-2007, 08:33 PM
Hi guys,
Been looking around for new tennis shoes since I had plantar fasciitis 2mths ago. I have flat feet, low arch and wide feet. I used to wear the Nike Air Resolve Plus and had no probs but after getting the Wilson Tours I developed heel pain and after seeing a orthopaedic specialist, he recommended an insole which is helping by giving me the arch support.

So now I am slowly getting back into my tennis routine and am on the lookout for new shoes. Can't find the Resolves anymore so I tried the Yonex 304 and 305 with the orthopaedic insoles. The 304s felt tight aroud midfoot but was good in the toes and heel. Quite strange as I thought the 304s were good for wide feet. But I'm thinking the sides should 'expand' after the shoes have run in right ? other than this, the shoe fitted really snug and nice.

The shop didn't have the 305s in my size though. Barricades felt bit tight *** the toe joints.

Any other suggestions ? Quite wary now cos of my heel condition. Being out of action really suxs..esp with the French Open goin on now :D

thejuice
06-07-2007, 08:50 PM
It sounds like you might like the Breathe Free III's. I personally don't like the roominess in them compared to the BF II's but since you are wearing orthotics you might offset the room that some feel in those shoes. They are very forgiving in terms of comfort and they come with a 6 month warranty in case you wear them down. Good luck in your search!!!

VictorS.
06-07-2007, 09:33 PM
I would recommend the reebok match day pumps. this is the best shoe on the market bar none. yes, they aren't the most breathable shoe and yes they're the heaviest shoe out there. but the support and overall stability that this shoe offers is the best i've ever had in a tennis-specific shoe.

In fact, the only shoes in any sport that comes close are the jordan brand line of shoes for basketball and cross training.

tnkGod4tns
06-08-2007, 11:17 AM
try the new balance or k swiss shoes, new balance comes in different widths, these two brands usually are very comfortable.

siow_a
06-08-2007, 12:15 PM
I've been through this for over 8 months.....during 2006

Yonex 304 or 305...The BFIII were the shoes that caused the problem for me. Just not enough lateral support. Kswiss didn't help that much. Once you're healthy then they should be fine.

Bodacious DVT
06-08-2007, 12:45 PM
I also have plantar fasciitis. I have medium to high arches and a medium width foot. im using the A3 Accelerators and love them. any shoe with a higher arch will do fine.

i would also recommend looking into getting a night brace for your feet. at $90.00, they're expensive but worth every penny.

I went into the podiatrist to ask about orthodic inserts, but instead they glue wrapped my feet with wrap and padding under my arch. i cannot feel any pain and they said it should be gone in a week or two. I have to shower with plastic bags over my feet but i guess thats the price you pay for a quick recovery.

my doctor has also put me on 1800mg of IbProfen a day. ask your doctor about it. do stretches that keep your foot in an extended position, like your back foot is when you are running.

the best cure is rest. im currently taking 3 and a half weeks off of tennis. it sucks, but it will be worth it.

getting new shoes may help, but they wont fix it. i would take the shoes with you to a podiatrist and have them look at them with an experienced eye.

get better soon!


hope that helps

Ronaldo
06-08-2007, 12:45 PM
Sounds like you also need a wide shoe. Diadora and New Balance have wide shoes in their line.

cghipp
06-08-2007, 05:23 PM
I have wide-ish, fairly flat feet AND plantar fasciitis, and I LOVE the Prince T9 Roadsters. Moderate arch support, lots of room in the toe box, little need for break-in, lightweight, and low to the ground for great stability. As long as I can get these shoes I will stick with them.

cghipp
06-08-2007, 05:24 PM
Also, I have found that exercises for plantar fasciitis have helped me much more than custom shoe inserts have. (They're a lot cheaper, too!)

Orion
06-08-2007, 10:06 PM
I was getting heel spurs when I first got back into playing. The Barricade III's gave me bad heel spurs but I switched to the Feathers and have no problems.

J

avenue
06-09-2007, 04:49 AM
Thanks for the replies guys, looks like I can add a few other brands to my search list. I'm doing calf stretches every day for 1mth already and there's still pain EVERY morning when I take my 1st steps. Played casually with the insoles last week and it felt ok but I'm not gonna be gung ho and play aggresively..

If you have low arches like me, do you look for a shoe with low arch or a medium arch ? I tried some shoes which felt like I had a permanent bump on my arch and it felt uncomfortable.

davidcal
06-09-2007, 08:29 AM
Another vote for the Prince T9 Roadster. I also added aftermarket insoles which have helped my plantar fascitis more than the shoes.

You may also want to consider finding a physical therapist who can do cold laser treatments. It's a topical treatment that is painless and inexpensive and is done over the course of a couple of weeks. Basically since the treatments I haven't had any problems at all with my feet.

skraggle
07-25-2007, 03:29 PM
Hey guys-

I've just gotten over a pretty rough case of PF and my foot finally feels great. The key for me was to use "Superfeet Green" in ALL of my shoes, and playing in Prince T10s with one of those drugstore gel insoles with a green Superfeet insole on top of that. I thought it would never get better, but it's totally fine now.

Hope that helps...

snoflewis
07-25-2007, 05:17 PM
if you have plantar fasciitis, you want to stay away from nike shoes, especially full zoom air ones. nike shoes are notorious for plantar fasciitis...im sure it's not only because of the shoes (it's definitely a factor) but a lot of nike pro athletes have had plantar fasciitis..

you want shoes with good arch support or get insoles....i've found adidas shoes in general to have excellent arch support..

El Guapo
07-25-2007, 06:54 PM
Yonex have the best cushioning that I've found. Try the 304R if you need a wider fit.

avenue
08-14-2007, 09:28 AM
My feet still aren't getting better. Bought the Nike Breathe 3 but found it too roomy. Wanted to customise the Barricade IVs but Adidas told me customisation is limited to the length and width only...duh..I would have thought customisation would be for the entire shoe...

Tried on a friend's Babolat Prpulse and must say it fits pretty well. My current Nike Resolves Plus are the best so far but they are wearing out already.But think I'm gonna lay off for a while to let it heal properly..

siow_a
08-14-2007, 09:43 AM
The T9(wore those for a few outtings) are great for wide feet and they are low to the ground. But if you are a heavy overweigted person(5 9 and 195) then your knees will not feel as good as the Yonex 305.

BreakPoint
08-14-2007, 01:24 PM
My feet still aren't getting better. Bought the Nike Breathe 3 but found it too roomy. Wanted to customise the Barricade IVs but Adidas told me customisation is limited to the length and width only...duh..I would have thought customisation would be for the entire shoe...

Tried on a friend's Babolat Prpulse and must say it fits pretty well. My current Nike Resolves Plus are the best so far but they are wearing out already.But think I'm gonna lay off for a while to let it heal properly..
Interesting that you find the Resolve Plus to fit your feet but you also found the BFIII to be too roomy. I think it's the opposite for me. The BFIII seems to be narrower and fit quite snug, whereas, the Resolve Plus is quite wide and very roomy for me. Just shows you how everyone's feet are different I guess. ;)

BTW, have you tried the Prince T-10? Lots of cushioning in that shoe.

courtrage
08-14-2007, 01:46 PM
look for a book by Dr. John E. Sarno on amazon. i think 'healing back pain' on CD is the best. i got it and listen to it while driving to work. he addresses back pain, PF and achilles problems and knee problems...did wonders for me. i had all 4 at various times and feel nothing now and didnt change my equipment at all.

snoflewis
08-14-2007, 02:19 PM
it seems that people here think plantar fasciitis comes from bad cushioning...but it's actually from lack of arch support

Ronaldo
08-15-2007, 07:07 AM
it seems that people here think plantar fasciitis comes from bad cushioning...but it's actually from lack of arch support

Yes, need control and support for the arch not cushioning. A great tape job feels best but does not last.

El Guapo
08-15-2007, 08:00 AM
it seems that people here think plantar fasciitis comes from bad cushioning...but it's actually from lack of arch support
Not true. It has two causes. Lack of cushioning and/or lack of arch support. Both can be causes.

Wilson Tours have more arch support than any other tennis shoe that I've worn, by far. The OP is also complaining about heel pain so a wide shoe with lots of cushioning (considering that he already has orthopaedic inserts) is the way to go.

mucat
08-15-2007, 01:07 PM
You need orthotics insert.

mucat
08-15-2007, 02:32 PM
Try reading

Did I miss something?

Edit:
Oh yes. He already has.
To the OP, do you wear the insert all the time (not just tennis).
Also, how old are you?

I had similiar problem a few years ago. This year, I have huge improvement. Finally, no pain.
What I did,
Dr. Scholl Tri-Comfort insert in every shoes I wear;
Take Joint supplement religiously;
Wear better cushioned shoes (not just tennis).

avenue
08-19-2007, 09:45 AM
Sorry but what's OP ?

skraggle
08-19-2007, 09:47 AM
Original poster.

avenue
08-19-2007, 11:57 PM
Original poster.

Ok thanks :)

avenue
08-20-2007, 12:01 AM
Did I miss something?

Edit:
Oh yes. He already has.
To the OP, do you wear the insert all the time (not just tennis).
Also, how old are you?

I had similiar problem a few years ago. This year, I have huge improvement. Finally, no pain.
What I did,
Dr. Scholl Tri-Comfort insert in every shoes I wear;
Take Joint supplement religiously;
Wear better cushioned shoes (not just tennis).

Yeah, I wear the inserts all the time. 32 years old this year..never had this foot spur problem though..
Tried the Yonex 305s toda...tight *** the midsole to near the toes but had a 1.5finger width space to the tip of the toebox. Felt tight *** the front of the foot.

El Guapo
08-20-2007, 10:16 AM
Yeah, I wear the inserts all the time. 32 years old this year..never had this foot spur problem though..
Tried the Yonex 305s toda...tight *** the midsole to near the toes but had a 1.5finger width space to the tip of the toebox. Felt tight *** the front of the foot.
Try the 304. It has more cushion and is wider in the midfoot and toebox. Easily one of the best tennis shoes ever produced.