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Toning Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

December 30, 2012

Can toning shoes be used to help with plantar fasciitis?

On the MBT website, they claim:

MBTs can be helpful for plantar fasciitis as they reduce the pressure in the arches of the feet where the plantar fascia lies. You will need to gradually wean into wearing the MBTs and over time they will help to gently stretch the plantar fascia whilst protecting it and strengthening the muscles which support it.

And research discussed on the Toning Shoes Today website say:

The findings indicate that a combined prescription of rocker sole shoes and custom-made foot orthoses had greater immediate therapeutic effects compared to when each treatment had been individually prescribed.

So yes, there is some limited support that those with plantar fasciitis can be helped by the use of toning shoes, but the evidence is not that strong. So tread cautiously.

Also be aware there is a lot of snake oil for plantar fasciitis, so check this first. According to the research over at Run Research Junkie, the best way to treat plantar fasciitis is to reduce the load in the structure. Do toning shoes do that?