Plantar Fasciitis Shoes

If you’ve ever experienced a persistent stabbing pain on your heel — especially when you get out of bed in the morning — then you know all about plantar fasciitis.
This common orthopaedic complaint can cause nagging discomfort that makes walking almost unbearable. While many runners battle this condition while exercising, for many that are on their feet all day at work, this can turn your job into a nightmare.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain, which involves inflammation to the thick band of tissue which runs across the bottom of your foot. This band of issue is used to connect your heel bone to your toes, also known as plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis can often cause a sharp pain that normally occurs as soon as you wake up. The pain commonly decreases through the day, but can return after walking, standing or running for a long period of time. Despite its insidious nature, it's one of the most prevalent orthopaedic ailments, with an estimated 1 in 10 people suffering in their lifetime.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

  • Plantar fasciitis is caused due to constant straining the part of your foot which connects the heel bone to your toes, also known as plantar fascia.
    It’s not always clear, or consistent to why this happens. It’s commonly a heritable condition, however, there are ways to treat the pain;

  • - Wearing wide, comfortable shoes with a low and soft heel.
    - Using insoles in your shoes
    - Comfortable arch support
    - Resting your foot raised when you can
    - Avoid putting pressure on your feet if you’re able to (e.g. try swimming rather than running)

What are the best shoes for plantar fasciitis?

Since 1978, Toffeln has been creating shoes for those standing for long periods of time and are the footwear brand of choice for healthcare professionals across the UK.
The Toffeln SmartSole Range of plantar fasciitis shoes receives praise from sufferers of this condition with its cupped insole, contoured footbed and customisable arch support that stops your feet from flattening out and limits pronation. It offers extra support around the mid-foot to prevent impact on the heel and evenly distributing your weight across the whole foot to help ease the pain for those with plantar fasciitis.


If you have heel or arch pain these are fantastic. As a nurse I've suffered on and off with plantar faciitis for years. These shoes with the choice of insoles have really really helped. Thank you.

- Terri

After trying both full and half insoles, gel supports, heel pads and ibuprofen gel to try and get through full days on my feet as a key worker with unbearable plantar fasciitis, this was my last hope. I am delighted to say that they have made the days more comfortable- it Just took a couple of days for me to work out which insoles were best for me and for my feet to adjust to them, definitely worth the money.

- Adele

Love the style of these. They're so comfortable which has made a big difference to my day ! I have plantar fasciitis and they really help my feet

- Linda Macmillan

Having suffered with plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis bilaterally I have always struggled to find a comfortable pair of work shoes. These were advertised on facebook and considering the pandemic we are in now it's important to be able to clean the shoes down on returning home from work. I am sold and will not return to my normal work shoes. These shoes have been amazing and the pain in my feet has disappeared just within the week since buying them. Other colleagues have seen them and have since ordered themselves a pair of Toffeln as I can't recommend them enough.

- Natalie


These are the 5th pair of shoes I have tried to wear on the wards and I've got to say so far they are really comfortable, really supportive and have been a huge relief for plantar. I would really recommend these shoes if you need a good arch support. Easy clean and really fantastic grip. After 3 shifts so far so good, no sore calfs and my heels are not so painful.

- Jo

I suffer from Plantar Fasciitis, I am on my feet for 9 hour shifts at work, and usually limp out of work to my car. My new Toffeln SmartSole Trainer shoes, recommended to me by work colleagues, have been a dream! I have comfort throughout my shift, and have been pain free when I get home. I also purchased some regular Toffeln trainers, and placed the extra insoles I received in these, giving me comfort throughout the day. So pleased with my purchases. Thank you.

- Catherine

I have plantar fasciitis since April this year and I have tried insoles, memory soles, gel heel support and compression socks and heel straps even memory foam shoes and nothing has worked for every day life and working 9hrs on my feet for work, so I took a gamble of purchasing these trainers and WOW!!!!! I'm in heaven no pain in my heels and arches. I can move around a bit faster instead of working like a 80 yr in pain. Most definitely worth the money especially when they give you 3 different options of insoles to wear. Thank you Toffeln you have made me one happy customer!

- Sharon


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