5 Must-Have Features of Insoles for Plantar Fasciitis

If you have plantar fasciitis, you probably know how hard it can be to find shoes that won’t make the pain worse. Fortunately, there are shoe inserts for plantar fasciitis.

Before telling you what to look for in plantar fasciitis inserts, we should explain the basics of the problem. Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the thick ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot from the heel to the toes. The most noticeable symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain in the heel area of the foot.

Like most conditions that involve foot pain, wearing the right footwear can make a big difference. Along with that, insoles for plantar fasciitis will do a lot to relieve the pain and inflammation that come with this condition.

Read on to learn about some of the features that can make good inserts for plantar fasciitis.

Shock Absorption

Shock absorption is one of the key features of any insole, but it is even more important if you are shopping for plantar fasciitis inserts. The plantar fascia acts as the natural shock absorber for your feet. That is one of the reasons why plantar fasciitis can be so painful. 

With a shoe insert taking some of the shock absorption duties off the plantar fascia, you can do a lot to relieve the pain associated with the condition. This is one of the reasons why our Curves & Pods® removable footbed is so good for plantar fasciitis. The pod design in these plantar fasciitis inserts is effective at absorbing shock while also providing comfortable cushioning as you walk.

Taos Sneaker Footbed

Arch Support

Though the pain is most noticeable at the heel, much of the problem with plantar fasciitis is at the arch. Since the tissue of the plantar fascia supports the arch of the foot, the best inserts for plantar fasciitis need to offer reliable arch support. Good arch supports will distribute your weight more evenly and make it easier to maintain balance. All in all, this should help to relieve the inflammation that results in plantar fasciitis pain.

A Good Fit

Finding insoles that fit your shoes well is another important consideration. You do not want your insoles to take up too much space or slide around when you walk. Even with features like shock absorption and arch support, plantar fasciitis inserts won’t do you much good if they do not fit well. 

This is another reason why Taos footwear is a great choice for treating plantar fasciitis pain. Whether you are looking at a slip-on like the Convertawool or a boot like the Crave, our shoes come with a premium footbed that offers the support and shock absorption of a plantar fasciitis shoe insert. With the footbed already made to fit the shoe, you won’t have to worry about it being too big or too small.

Taos Convertawool Wool Clogs
Taos Crave Lace Up Leather Ankle Boots


Firmness is another issue to consider when looking for the best inserts for plantar fasciitis. If the insert is too flexible or has too much give, it won’t provide the stability you need. Check the insole to make sure it offers enough firmness around the heel and at the arch. If not, it could cause more inflammation and pain. 

Fit at the Heel

A plantar fasciitis insert should offer a good fit and support at the heel. You obviously do not want it to be too tight, but you should also avoid a heel that is too loose. A good snug fit will keep the heel in place for added stability, and it will also prevent the heel from sliding when you walk. A little cushioning at the heel can also be nice as a feature to relieve plantar fasciitis pain.

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