Shoe for plantar facitis

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  1. Boricua

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    I have pain in my right foot when I run or play tennis. I am thinking on buying Babolat SF or Some New balance tennis shoe. Suggestions?
     
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  2. schenkelini

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    Buy after market insoles like Superfeet Green, Powerstep Pinnacle, or Spenco Total Support. Then buy the most cushioned shoe you can find that fits your foot well. That's what I did and my feet are totally free of pain now. It took awhile though.
     
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  3. Bobby Jr

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    Shoes wont fix plantar fasciitis. Properly addressing it will and that includes the way you treat it - shoes are just a part of it.

    A disciplined routine of dedicated stretches and strengthening exercises is the more effective treatment for pf.
     
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  4. ericsson

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    What you have to do is walk barefoot as much as possible, change your shoes to zero drop, wide toe box and no support. (Altra, VFF, Vivobarefoot)
    Please forget about orthotics, ice etc...
    I would stop running if the pain is too bad, if not too much pain you still can run or play tennis.
    Regarding tennis shoes, New Balance 2E or 4E is perfect for PF...
     
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  5. NE1for10is?

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    Had it and got over it with all below, but it takes a while and requires patience and regular attention before it will go away:

    -Professional deep tissue massage

    -High quality orthotics fitted to your foot (I used the green Superfeet also)

    -Regular and consistent stretching of hamstrings and calves:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5si3Pjmnddo

    -Always use shoes that lace up to provide lateral support to the arch. Until it goes away, don't use flip-flops, loafers or any other shoe that doesn't lace up.
     
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  6. Boricua

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    How do the New Balance 2E or 4E compare with the Babolat SFX in terms of dealing with the PF??
     
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  7. Boricua

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    orthotics or no orthotics? I am using gel orthotics from DR. Schols.
     
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    They are wider in the front which is very good when dealing with PF, your toes need the space.

    Get rid of them, they only make your feet weaker, they just need to strengthen not support.
     
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  9. Boricua

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    Any New Balance model in particular? How do I know if I need the 4E or the 2E? So, 4E or 2E? I have flat feet.
     
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  10. Boricua

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    So, you would not recommend Superfeet? Many people do.


    There are contradictions between your theory that could be correct and others that emphasize use of orthtics, support, etc.

    I tend to sympathize more with your theory. Teach your body to adapt I guess to the the natural way of things.

    I will not use the Dr Schols ortotics and see how it goes.
     
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    Get your foot measured for width.
     
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  12. 10smonkey

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    uh .....consult a podiatrist ......
     
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  13. Boricua

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    I went to the gym a while ago. I usually go in my lunch braak. Today I just stretched. It feels better. I guess I will have to stretch more.:)
     
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  14. kopfan

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    Get any shoe you like. The solution is learn how to tape your foot every time you exercise. Once your foot is free from pain, you would need to tape it anymore.
     
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    I've been taping for a year and a half every time I play. Been taping BOTH feet the last 2 months. Don't see playing without tape any time in the future.
     
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  16. AndrewD

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    Boricua,

    I've had plantar in both feet and the only thing that helped to fix the problem was custom-made orthotics. Obviously it depends on how severe the problem is but I can say, in my case, I tried insoles and taping my feet (basket-weave; had to do it every day) as well as a range of different shoes but nothing worked apart from the orthotics. Once I had them in my shoes the plantar cleared up within 4 weeks.
     
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  17. Povl Carstensen

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    Agreed. But you have to let the pain (inflamation) subside.
     
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  18. NE1for10is?

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    High quality orthotics (Superfeet or custom ones prescribed and fitted by a podiatrist) and shoes with good lateral support, i.e. shoes that have laces that pull up and reinforce the part of the shoe that supports the side of the arch. That would be the first 2 or 3 laces usually. Pull out the pad in the shoe and replace it with the orthotic and lace em up tight.

    Strengthening the arch and stretching the hamstrings and calves is also essential, but I disagree with the other comments about ditching quality orthotics and supportive shoes in the process.
     
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  19. Povl Carstensen

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    I did however use a small homemade J-shaped heel insert to relieve pressure from the sore part of the heel. How important that was for my relatively speedy (2 months) recovery, I do not know. I used them in Vivo Barefoot shoes, which take their support from the ground.
     
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