Inflammation of the plantar fascia -- a thick band of connective tissue that creates the foot's shape and arch -- can be painful and debilitating for a runner. Because they actually experience no pain while running, many runners try to run through the condition, which can make it worse. If you've recovered from plantar fasciitis, the right running shoes might protect you from a recurrence and help keep the tissue healthy.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
For runners, high arches or being overweight can contribute to the risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Over-pronation can increase the risk for the issue as well. This is a roll inward of the foot and ankle, which creates pressure that can flatten the arch. It is the opposite of supination -- outward roll of the foot.
Invest in running shoes with good arch support. A shoe with a straight last provides more support under the arch, which can help prevent plantar fasciitis. If you over-pronate, consult a podiatrist for a recommendation on shoe types that provide support to correct these issues.
Plantar fasciitis pain is most commonly felt in the heel area, so focus on shoes that have substantial heel support and cushioning. Shoes with flexible toe boxes will remove pressure from the plantar fascia while you are running. Dual-density midsoles will help keep your feet from rolling inward.