The Best Shoes And Insoles For Plantar Fasciitis in the UK


Plantar fasciitis is extremely common and those who suffer with it know how debilitating it can be.

When I developed it, I presumed I needed special shoes to treat it and although this is a possibility, orthopedic shoes and insoles from medical shops can be very expensive.

Many people – including me – have had success in treating their plantar fasciitis by buying cheaper footwear with arch support, or using their existing shoes with a removable, specialist insole. 

Of course, how you decide to treat it is entirely up to you and you should always seek medical advice.

However, if you’re in the market for new shoes with support, insoles or compression socks to help with the pain, then this guide might help.

The Best Womens’ Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis in the UK

HKR Womens Trainers Mesh Running Slip-on Walking Shoes (Check Amazon’s Price)

These shoes by HKR have a chunky sole which allows you to keep your footwear stylish without compromising on comfortability, so you can wear them no matter the occasion – great if you’re going on holiday and can only take one or two pairs of shoes with you!

The style of the shoe mimics the natural curvature of your foot to offer support where you need it most.

They have a shock-absorbing air cushion giving not only your feet protection but your knees too which will reduce pain if you’re walking for a long period of time.

They run slightly larger in size, but this isn’t a problem if you have insoles for plantar fasciitis as they will slide right in.

One woman said that “I suffer with plantar fasciitis and these shoes are brilliant, they have a cushion heel and supportive arch, so no pain anymore”.

Pros:

  • Comfortable and fashionable
  • Arch support
  • Breathable mesh upper
  • Slip on
  • Variety of colours

Cons:

  • Sizes run large
  • Not waterproof

The Best Men’s Shoes For Plantar Fasciitis in the UK

Skechers Men’s Equalizer Double Fitness Shoes (Check Amazon’s Price)

When I started researching the best shoes for plantar fasciitis, these shoes by Skechers came up a few times in forums and anecdotally in reviews.

They have a gel-infused memory foam insole that supports the arch of the foot and a shock-absorbing flex sole, taking the strain off of the tendon in your foot.

They also come in half sizes as well as a wide fit, so you know you’ll find a size that fits you correctly, without being too tight and giving you further foot pain.

With plantar fasciitis, it’s recommended that you don’t walk on hard surfaces barefoot as the pressure on your foot will aggravate your pain more, so as these shoes are slip ons they can be worn as slippers too!

They have a synthetic mesh upper and textile lining, meaning that they’re breathable enough for you to wear on long walks or inside all day without your feet getting too hot and swelling.

One person commented that these were the only shoes that gave them pain relief from plantar fasciitis, whilst someone else said that they bought these because they suffered from PF intermittently and it much improved the condition for them.

Pros:

  • Gel infused memory foam insole and a shock absorbing flex sole
  • Slip on
  • Variety of colours
  • Wide fit and half sizes available

Cons:

  • Not waterproof, but could be resolved by purchasing a waterproof shoe protector spray

Best Men’s Slippers For Plantar Fasciitis in the UK

Pro 11 Wellbeing Men’s Orthotic Slipper (Check Amazon’s Price)

Most regular slippers aren’t suitable for those with plantar fasciitis as they’re flat and offer no support to the arches of your feet or your heel.

However, these suede slippers have orthotic insoles that support your feet and reduce pain, home can finally be a place where you can relax!

The orthotic insoles are also removable, which means you can insert your own if you need them, without the slippers becoming too tight.

One person said that they’re “very comfortable and I would recommend them to anyone with plantar fasciitis”.

They have a fur lining to keep your feet warm, and are easy to slip on and off without rubbing the back of your foot.

As they’re suede, they’ll mould to your feet as you wear them and they have rubber soles so you can wear them to take the bins out without having to change shoes!

Pros:

  • Orthotic insoles that are removable
  • Rubber soles
  • Suede
  • Slip on

Cons:

  • The inner fur lining can get worn down and come away with continued wear

Best UK Women’s Slipper for Plantar Fasciitis

Fitflop Shearling Open Back Slippers for Women (Check Amazon’s Price)

These slippers by FitFlop have impact pillows at both the front and back of the slipper, to absorb the shock when walking and ensure that it’s dispersed evenly along the foot.

To add extra support to your arches, there’s an anatomically shaped footbed, with a built-in arch contour that hugs your feet.

They also have a slightly raised heel, which should reduce plantar fasciitis pain as the heel and arches of the foot is where you need more support, someone even commented that these are “great for plantar fasciitis heel pain”.

The slippers have a solid sole so you can clean the floors or step outside without worrying that your feet will get wet!

Pros:

  • Impact pillows and excellent arch support
  • Raised heel
  • Solid sole

Cons:

  • The dye from inside the slippers can stain your feet when new, this has been solved by running them through the washing machine

Best Men’s Sandals for Plantar Fasciitis in the UK

Everhealth Orthotic Sandal Flip Flops (Check Amazon’s Price)

These arch support sandals by Everhealth are the perfect summer shoe for those that need a bit of extra support.

We all know how difficult it can be to find sandals that aren’t flat and don’t aggravate plantar fasciitis.

However, these sandals have a solid, orthotic midsole and deep heel cup that stabilise the pressure on your feet and support them.

This will take the pressure off of your plantar fascia and hopefully stop the inflammation that leads to heel pain. With continued wear, they can help to correct your posture.

They’re podiatrist recommended and designed to be worn for all day walking, so you can wear them across difficult terrains and feel relaxed in knowing you’re not going to suffer at the end of the day.

One person said that “I have suffered with plantar fasciitis for the past couple of months and these were bought for my golf holiday as there will be a lot of walking. They are so comfortable and supportive I can wear these and walk with only a tiny amount of pain!”.

So you can finally go for that long walk along the beach!

Pros:

  • Podiatrist recommended
  • Arch support for all day walking
  • Lightweight, flexible midsole that absorbs shock
  • Outsole provides traction
  • Multiple colours

Cons:

  • The toe post is made of a rough fabric that can irritate you on the first few wears

Best Women’s Sandals for Plantar Fasciitis in the UK

Everhealth Orthotic Sandals for Women (Check Amazon’s Price)

Sandals are one of the only types of shoes that you can’t put your own insoles in, so having built-in support instead is a must.

The women’s version of the Everhealth sandals are just as comfortable and provide the same amount of support as the men’s, with the only difference being that they are in women’s sizes!

One woman commented that these are “fantastic” and “really help my plantar fasciitis. Would recommend”, whilst someone else said “these are extremely comfortable and effective in reducing pain due to plantar fasciitis”.

They go to show that there’s no need to choose between comfort and style, with these sandals you can have both as they come in different colours and will suit practically any outfit or occasion.

Pros:

  • Podiatrist recommended
  • Arch and heel support
  • Shock absorbing midsole
  • Multiple colours

Cons:

  • Toe post can be uncomfortable

Best Insoles for Plantar Fasciitis in the UK

Best Value: Pro 11 Orthotic insoles (Check Amazon’s Price)

If you’re not looking to replace any shoes, then purchasing insoles may be a better option for you.

These unisex orthotic insoles are specially designed for the treatment of plantar fasciitis and one pair can be used in all of your favourite shoes as they can be hand washed when they start to get a bit grubby.

You can cut them down to size using scissors to suit any style of footwear, including running shoes.

Even if you don’t currently suffer from plantar fascia pain, these insoles could be worn as a preventative method if you’re looking to take up outdoor running, one of the most common causes of plantar fasciitis.

Pros:

  • Can be used in any shoe if cut down to size
  • Hand washable
  • Supports both the arch and heel of the foot to reduce pressure

Cons:

  • Can take some getting used to

Higher End Insole Option: Heel That Pain Plantar Fasciitis Insoles (Check Amazon’s Price)

Heel That Pain Plantar Fasciitis insoles have a patented ‘Fascia bar’ which provides support to the point where the heel bone meets the plantar fascia ligament, which helps to realign and stretch the ligament to relieve pain long term.

They also have ‘fat-pad support’ and heel stabilisation technology to support and cushion the heel bone, and reduce the pain felt there.

One woman who suffers from plantar fasciitis commented that these “took away 90% of the pain almost immediately”.

Pros:

  • Patented technology to reduce heel pain
  • Can be cut down to size
  • Hand washable
  • Unisex
  • Realigns and stretches the ligament for long term pain relief

Cons:

  • The sizes are Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large rather than specific shoe sizes, so you might find that you’re in between sizes (but they can be cut down if need be)

Best UK Compression Socks for Plantar Fasciitis

Value Option: AVIDDA Unisex Socks (Check Amazon’s Price)

If you lead an active lifestyle, you may want to invest in compression socks that provide extra support to your ankles and ligaments.

These unisex socks by AVIDDA are made from breathable fabric so you can wear them for any kind of exercise, from walking the dog to HIIT training without the fear your feet are going to get uncomfortably hot.

The compression technology reduces inflammation and improves blood circulation for faster healing and according to plantar fasciitis sufferers “these make the world of difference”.

You could even wear them to bed to reduce any cramping that you may experience at the end of a long day.

Pros:

  • Range of colour options
  • Flexible, so don’t feel tight or restrictive
  • Machine and hand washable
  • Suitable for use during any exercise

Cons:

  • Can be difficult to determine your size

Higher End Option: Rymora Plantar Fasciitis Socks (Check Amazon’s Price)

These double layered compression socks by Rymora have 4 zone targeted compression technology that provides support to the ankle, achilles tendon, heel and arch of your foot and they’re thin enough so that you can wear normal socks over (or under) them comfortably.

They have an additional layer of material at the bottom to absorb shock, whilst encouraging blood circulation around the whole of the foot.

These can be worn alone, but if you feel like you need even more support they can be worn with orthotic slippers, insoles or shoes too to ensure that you’re pain free any time of the day.

Pros:

  • Can be worn alone, with normal socks or slippers
  • Provides pain relief and speeds up the healing process
  • Machine and hand washable
  • 4 zone targeted compression

Cons:

  • Size is based off of arch circumference, so you have to measure correctly

All in all, suffering with plantar fasciitis is not only painful, but can also be frustrating as you may feel that you can’t do the things that you used to do before.

After reading this post, rest assured there will be a solution out there for you to help you live a pain-free life, I hope this post helps you find it!

Gillian

The things I love to buy are clothes, fashion, fragrances/perfume and I'm always on the lookout for accessories and jewellery. I love animals and have had many pets over the years - currently three extremely pampered cats!

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