Plantar fasciitis, which is often caused by repeated stress from running or simply walking, is inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. As a result, it can cause sharp pain in the heel.
Thankfully, however, there is a range of insoles on the market that can provide solid relief. These often include features likes ample cushioning, arch support and a deep heel cup to help absorb shock and stabilize the foot.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best options on the market for men and women to make your shopping easier. Read on to shop all our top picks.
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1. Physix Gear Sport Full Length Orthotic Inserts
This semi-firm insole offers a slim, lightweight design to fit in all types of shoes and work for a range of activities.
Pros: The style is crafted from a medical grade EVA foam and PU material to relieve just about any ailment in the lower extremities, including plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee, shin splints and achilles tendinitis. It also features a deep heel cup to support and correctly align the foot, as well as an anti-microbial top layer to keep odor-causing bacteria at bay.
Cons: The arch support may be too high to be comfortable for some foot types.
2. Walk Hero Plantar Fasciitis Insoles
An especially ideal pick for athletes, this firm insole works for all types of arches and is affordably priced.
Pros: The style also a features a deep heel cup, premium EVA material that helps cushion and keep feet cool and built-in silicon for strong shock absorption.
Cons: The insole may require a longer break-in period to be comfortable.
3. Superfeet Green Insoles
While one of the pricier options on the market, Superfeet’s Green insoles offer an ideal balance of cushion and support via a high-density foam layer and stabilizer cap at the heel to promote proper alignment.
Pros: What’s more, the style features a wide, deep heel cup for optimal shock absorption and an all-natural coating on the fabric to prevent bacterial growth and help keep odors at bay.
Cons: In addition to being on the expensive end, the insole is high volume (it measures 1-inch high and 6 inches wide), so it may take up too much room in certain shoe styles (it’s best to wear inside sneakers and work boots).