When determining which running shoes are the best shoes for chronic foot pain, it is first important to determine not only what might be causing the pain, but where exactly you are feeling it. From here, you can determine which type of shoe might be best for you. Runner’s are no stranger to aches and pains but chronic foot pain can put a serious damper on your training. Problems ranging from Plantar Fasciitis to blisters from rubbing are all the unfortunate side effects of the sport we all love. Though these picks are not guaranteed to make your foot pain go away, they are extra cushioned and supportive so that you can run easier. NOTE: Always consult a medical professional before trying new products for chronic foot pain
Before we get into which shoes are best for chronic foot pain, let’s talk orthotics. Aetrex orthotics were designed with your natural step in mind. They help transfer pressure away from high pressure points and create even pressure distribution while we walk or run. If you are having chronic foot pain, first, get an Aetrex orthotic that is right for you and then find your perfect shoe to pair with them.
IF YOU NEED MAX CUSHION
The Cloudmonster is On’s most cushioned shoe to date. Due to its maximalist features, this shoe can be great for people with chronic foot pain. The shock-absorbing nature of this shoe also lessens the impact on joints and muscles, making the chances of leg/knee pains lesser as well.
The Hoka Bondi is the ultra-cushioned game changer in the running footwear space. The Bondi along with many other Hoka styles has the APMA(American Podiatric Medical Association’s seal of acceptance. This seal “recognizes products that have been found beneficial to foot health and of significant value when used in a consistently applied program of daily foot care and regular professional treatment” according to APMA.org. Due to its max cushion features, the Hoka Bondi might be a good choice for runners or walkers experiencing ball of foot or heel pain.
New Balance boasts that if they had to make one running shoe, it would be the 1080 which is why it had to be on our list of best shoes for chronic foot pain. This shoe features New Balance’s signature Fresh Foam X midsole foam that delivers ultimate comfort and underfoot cushion. This shoe is a top pick for runners or walkers suffering from Plantar Fasciitis.
IF YOU NEED A MORE STABLE RIDE
Another Hoka favorite that has the APMA seal of acceptance is the Hoka Arahi. The Arahi is a tried and true stability shoe meaning that it is designed to support runners and walkers whose feet overpronate or roll inwards when stepping. If you experience swelling/ankle pain, a stability shoe might be the right pick for you.
Designed to be the perfect balance of softness and support, the Brooks Adrenaline is equipped with a Guide Rail support system that aligns your body in its natural motion path while keeping excess movement in check. Feeling pain in your knee or foot? This is the shoe for you!
Made with advanced rearfoot support, the ASICS Gel-Kayano provides a nice stable ride. The LITETRUSS™ stability feature is designed to keep your ankle from rolling excessively inward when you run or walk, creating less opportunity for discomfort making this one of the best shoes for chronic foot pain.
MORE PICKS FOR PAIN RELIEF
Made with OOfoam technology, Oofos recovery footwear absorbs 37% more shock than your average foam footwear, making it a great rest-day or post-run choice for those experiencing chronic foot pain. Available in numerous colors and styles, Oofos recovery footwear helps you recharge and reset before your next run.
Feetures socks are made with many features that make them the best choice for all runners but especially those experiencing arch or foot pain. Feetures are anatomically designed to conform to the left and right structure of the foot providing a better fit and feel. They also have targeted compression to provide additional support in areas you may need it.
CEP Compression sleeves, socks, and apparel make running in pain a thing of the past. CEP compression products help the body to more adequately transport oxygen and regulate blood. This increase in oxygen and blood circulation helps combat swelling, reduces inflammation, helps with aches and pains, and so much more.
STOP RUNNING IN PAIN
With running, walking, or long periods of time on your feet unfortunately comes pain and discomfort. Luckily, there are now some great footwear and gear options out there to keep you running painless mile after mile. Shop online or stop by your nearest Fit2Run retail location to let one of our Fit Experts find the perfect fit for you.