The 5 Best Asics Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Best Asics Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

In this post we are going to cover the topic of plantar fasciitis and which Asics shoes are best suitable for plantar fasciitis.

I am a big fan of Asics and have been testing various Asics shoes during the last few years and that is the main reason why I recommend this brand.

Have you ever had any foot discomfort while or after running?

Never knew the cause, treatment, or reason for this discomfort.

In this post we are going to cover some of the most common injuries and discomforts that most runners face, especially beginners. We will also cover what shoes might be the best option for you to avoid common injuries like plantar fasciitis.

What is Plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a repetitive strain injury to the ligament (plantar fascia) of the sole of the foot, which is most commonly caused by excessive running, walking, wearing inadequate footwear and jumping or landing injuries.

Plantar fascia
Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms for Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Stabbing pain with your first steps in the morning. The pain normally decreases as you keep moving but might return after a long period of standing.
  • Plantar fasciitis is more common in runners who are overweight.
  • And most common in runners who wear shoes with inadequate support.

Main causes for Plantar Fasciitis:

  • If the arch of your foot does not receive enough support, and absorbs all the shock as you walk, the tension in your arch becomes too great. Small tears can occur in the fascia.
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the fascia can irritate or inflame it.
  • Overuse of the plantar fascia muscle by excessive physical activity such as running, skipping, HIIT etc.

Best recommended shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

We all know ASICS is a major shoe brand in all sport areas.

Do you know why ASICS is SUCH massive market leader in the running and long-distance running community?

Because they prioritize support and stability to the runner and because they cater for different foot strikes and foot shapes.

Yes, you heard correctly…

You cannot just walk into a store and buy the newest shiniest pretty ASICS shoe without knowing its functionality.

Now how on earth do you know which one to buy? Your foot type? Your foot strike? Or if you need neutral or stability shoes?

Most commonly you would go for a foot scan at a running store and they will be able to tell you, but even those aren’t very accurate, because your foot strike is significantly different after 1 min on a shop treadmill and 5km on the road.

Let’s be honest, most injuries happen after repetitive movement and when you’ve reached a certain point of fatigue. If that is after 1km, 5km, 10km, or 30km. That is when your feet really need to be tested.

But here are some basic pointers mentioned on the Asics website to determine your pronation type (landing type).

“Pronation is part of the natural movement of the human body and refers to the way your foot rolls inward for impact distribution upon landing.

Understanding your pronation type can help you find a comfortable running shoe.” – Asics Website

We also covered the topic of how to identify proper running shoes on Runaddiction.

Complexities of various types of Runners and what they should look out for:

Neutral Runners

  • Your foot contacts the ground by landing on the outside of the heel and rolls inward (pronates) to absorb the shock of your body weight.
  • You push off from the front of your foot.
  • Considered injuries: Less likely due to correct shock absorption.

Overpronators

  • You connect to the ground by landing on the outside of your foot and then rolls inwards excessively, transferring weight to the inner edge instead of the ball of the foot.
  • You push off your big toe and your second toe does most of the work.
  • Considered injuries: Shin splint, plantar fasciitis, bunions and heel spurs.

Three things to look for when buying best running shoes for plantar fasciitis

1. Maximum Arch support

The most vital element for any person suffering from plantar fasciitis is that they need to buy shoes with appropriate arch support. This does not have to be the most expensive model of shoe, but without the arch support your injury will not improve. Look out for a shoe with a good arch support.

2. Better shock absorption

Absorbing shock and impact are the most important part of a running shoe, right?

That will be the reason you put them on in the first place, otherwise you could have head out barefoot. So please, if you get a horrible uncoordinated slum and not a spring to your step, look further.

A reliable pair of running shoes for plantar fasciitis should offer superior shock absorption that will take on all the force when your foot strikes the ground.

This ensures your feet do not suffer the full brunt of the ordeal but makes you excel up and forward launching you into your next step.

3. Firm midsole, robust heel counters and flexible toe box

The goal of getting a better shoe for your fasciitis is to relieve pain in your feet while training, but also to strengthen then as you develop natural arches.

A flexible toe box but robust heel counter ensures that. A shoe that bends nicely but is still supportive at the rear will ensure your arch is always maintained at a proper angle to avoid overworking.

Conclusions and Recommendations

So, there you have it, you can now analyse your symptoms for plantar fasciitis, self-diagnose and treat your injury and figure out if you are a neutral and pronating runner.

But with ALL this information, you still want to be making the best decision when purchasing your next running shoe.

So which ASICS shoe will offer you relief from Plantar Fasciitis and also avoid injury in the future? We have recommended these Asics shoes for all arch types – low / flat arch, normal arch or high arch.

Best Stability Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

1. Asics Gel Kayano 26

ASICS Gel-Kayano 26
264 Buyer Reviews
ASICS Gel-Kayano 26
  • GEL-KAYANO 26 MEN STANDARD

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The Gel Kayano has long been the fan favourite for the best fitting and most comfortable every day running shoe for overpronators and runners with low to flat arches.

This shoe has a padded interior, a sculpted footbed and it fits best for people with narrow to medium width feet. The forefoot of Gel Kayano is responsive, agile, and flexible.

Pros:

  • Energized cushioning, advanced shock absorption and superior stability.
  • One of the best stability shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Cons:

  • If this is your first time switching over to a stability shoe and you having been running in the ‘wrong’ or old worn in shoes for a while the support might feel a bit strange in the beginning.
  • Slightly heavier and expensive than many shoes. But it is a small price to pay if you need a stability shoe to protect yourself from getting a plantar fasciitis.

2. Asics GT 2000 8

ASICS Men's GT-2000 8 G-TX Running Shoes, 7M, Graphite Grey/Metropolis
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ASICS Men's GT-2000 8 G-TX Running Shoes, 7M, Graphite Grey/Metropolis
  • GORE-TEX UPPER - Waterproof and breathable upper designed to protect the foot during extreme weather conditions.
  • FLYTEFOAM MIDSOLE TECHNOLOGY -Our FlyteFoam technology provides exceptional bounce back and responsiveness no matter the distance, utilizing organic super fibers to help reduce packing out that traditionally happens with softer, low density foams.
  • TRUSSTIC SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY -Reduces the weight of the sole unit while retaining the structural integrity of the shoe.

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The original stability shoe from ASICS, this is a comfortable stability shoe that offers the ideal blend of cushioning and support.

The GT 2000 8 features a two-layer mesh upper that is designed to tighten and loosen as the foot flexes and moves, to maximise elasticity and support based on the shape and movement patterns of the runner’s foot. They have been known for being very reliable and durable.

Pros

  • GT 2000 8 is made with a more mild and mid-level pronation support but still offers a good structured build that stops the foot collapse from happening causing all the above-mentioned symptoms.
  • Good as a stepping stone between a neutral shoe and a stability shoe as the build in is not as high as the Kayano.

Cons

  • The GT 2000 8 is your average and more affordable stability shoe. Like a luxury sedan, and not a sports car.

Now for the NEUTRAL RUNNER, you do not have all the above-mentioned symptoms or injuries yet, your foot strike is neutral, but you still have slight plantar fascia discomfort. You need more support.

Here are the top 3 supportive ASICS market leading shoes:

3. Asics Gel Nimbus 21

ASICS Men Gel-Nimbus 21 Running Shoes
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ASICS Men Gel-Nimbus 21 Running Shoes
  • Material Type: Synthetic
  • Lifestyle: Sports
  • Closure Type: Lace-Up

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If you are an ASICS fan, you are probably familiar with the NIMBUS line. It’s known for being soft cushions and your first choice when it comes to choosing a long-distance running shoe.

The Nimbus 21 has flytefoam down the length of the midsole which adds to the responsiveness and flexibility.

Pros

  • Highest shock absorption, bigger fore foot box, with high impact shock absorption in heel and forefoot.
  • Chicago runner and RoadRunnerSports tester, Mike Ko, noted that the “shock absorption in the heel was definitely noticeable and the soft insole in the midfoot made for an almost squishy sensation as I was running.” He felt this made it a great potential shoe for longer weekend runs or for people hoping to tack on more miles.

Cons

  • The heaviest and chunkiest shoe on the list, definitely not for a fast or short distance race. The weight for the gel nimbus 21 is 312g for the men’s shoe and 255g for the women’s shoe.
  • The cost of this shoe is also more on the high-end side.

4. ASICS Gel Cumulus 20

ASICS Men Gel-Cumulus 20 Black and White Footwear-9 UK/India (44 EU)(10 US) (1011A008.002)
70 Buyer Reviews
ASICS Men Gel-Cumulus 20 Black and White Footwear-9 UK/India (44 EU)(10 US) (1011A008.002)
  • Material Type: Synthetic
  • Lifestyle: Sports
  • Closure Type: Lace-Up

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ASICS made these with a 10mm heel drop, and the total weight of the men’s shoe is 297,67g. Which would be your average weight of a running shoe.

Pros

  • Premium shock absorption, the gel cumulus provides more stability around your ankle than the average running shoe.
  • The extra foam provides a softer, more cushioned wrap around the ankle.

Cons

  • Also, not your fastest shoe, not suitable for speed workouts or fast intervals on the track.
  • They also seem to have a stiffness to them that some people, like midfoot or forefoot strikers do not enjoy. They are more suitable for heel strikers.

5. ASICS Dynaflyte 3

ASICS Men Dynaflyte 3 Sound Running Shoes
7 Buyer Reviews
ASICS Men Dynaflyte 3 Sound Running Shoes
  • Material Type: Synthetic
  • Lifestyle: Sports
  • Closure Type: Lace-Up

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Has a casual design, cheaper and lighter than the other ASICS models, and a more comfortable heel and a 8mm drop. They weigh 257g (Men’s) and 215 (women’s).

Pros

  • This is your most light weight, but also most supportive running shoe. Reason for that is the dynaflyte contains flytefoam and not Gel.

Cons

  • This shoe is more suitable for shorter distances.
  • It has been reported that the warmer the flytefoam get’s the more it ‘deflates’ meaning you feel less of the shock absorption and bounce back the longer the run goes on. I started experiencing this around 7km into a 10km race.

It is also necessary to take into consideration that every one of these shoe models bring out new and improved versions yearly. The models I have reviewed above are the most recent models that are currently being sold, and that I have personally tried and tested.

Eg. The Dynaflyte 4 (most recent model) does have gel in the rear foot which would solve the issue I had with the previous model.

Now that we have all grounds covered so that you, the consumer can make the MOST informed decision when purchasing your next running shoe. (You probably know more about the brand than the salespeople by now.)

I hope this article helped to get you to be a faster and more injury free runner! Feel free to share your suggestions, feedback and experiences in the comments below and do not hesitate to ask Carla any questions you might have about ASICS shoes.

References

  1. webmd.com
  2. https://www.asics.com/gb/en-gb/running-advice/what-is-plantar-fasciitis-and-how-to-avoid-it/
  3. https://comfortingfootwear.com/best-running-shoes-for-plantar-fasciitis/
  4. https://www.asics.com/za/en-za
  5. https://www.runningshoesguru.com/
  6. Carla West, ASICS Frontrunner since 2018, and have been involved and studying these 5 models for the last 2 years.

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How to Stretch Sneakers for Wide Feet

How to Stretch Sneakers for Wide Feet

Have you ever bought sneakers, just to get home, wear them a few times and realize they are just too tight? Length wise they are the right size, but somehow still hurts you. Don’t worry because we have listed down three easy ways to stretch sneakers for wide feet. 

I never thought I would see this day, because I have really narrow feet. But I am really struggling with with a very expensive pair of beautiful Nikes that I would love to wear more often. 

Stay tuned to how I’m going to stretch them out.

But first you may want to find out the answer to the below question:

Do Sneakers Stretch?

When you go out to purchase shoes the salespeople will always try and convince you that the sneakers will stretch out, this is somewhat true for the width of the shoe, but definitely not the length.

Shoe Fitting and Buying Tips

Ever had foot, knee or hip problems at some point of your life? 

Did you ever consider that it could be caused by the shoes that you are wearing? 

Very rarely the shoe brand is to blame, it’s mostly due to the consumer not paying too much attention to the fit and size, but more about the aesthetic and color of the sneakers. 

Do you also just try your normal shoe size on, check that your toes have enough space, walk a few rounds in the store and then make your purchase?

Well here I’m going to give you some advice to make the best-informed decisions possible before you spend your hard earned money on more ill fitting sneakers that could possibly cause you a lot of injuries and medical expenses. 

  1. It is extremely important to buy sneakers that fit properly from the moment you buy them. Never buy shoes hoping you would break them in later, you are already injuring yourself during the period of “walking them in”. 
  2. Signs that your shoes are too narrow include foot cramping, numbness, pins and needles or your feet feeling like they are “falling asleep”. 
  3. Consider the fit and support, they are so important. This is where having your feet professionally measured by experts come into play, as they understand how sneakers are supposed to fit. It is definitely worth your time and expenses. 

How to make the best sneaker purchase in store

  1. Try on shoes towards the end of the day when your feet have already naturally swollen. 
  2. Have both feet measured yearly, your left and right foot are probably not the same size.
  3. Know which one is your larger foot, and always try the size that’s comfortable on that foot first. 
  4. Purchase sneakers that mimic the shape of your foot. Not the other way around. 
  5. Check to see that the widest part of your foot should sit in the widest part of the shoe. 
  6. Sneakers should have a comfortable snug fit, but it should not place pressure on the bridge of your feet or feel too tight. 
  7. When walking around the store in your shoes, have a feel for seams on the inside of the sneaker and make sure there are no pressure points. 

How do you know if your running shoes are too narrow?

If you have ever experienced any of these symptoms after walking or running with new running shoes it means your running shoes are too narrow?

1. After a long walk or run, your arches ache, your Achilles-tendon is sensitive, or you feel your calves are tight. 

Fix: “An improperly aligned flex point can lead to arch pain or plantar fasciitis, while a lack of heel support and flexibility leads to Achilles-tendon or calf strain,” says Chris Carter, M.D., sports medicine physician at Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Centre in Birmingham, Alabama. 

2. You should be able to get your shoes on and off without completely loosening the laces. Fix: Size up in your shoes size if this is the case.

3. Numbness or tightness on the top of your foot. Fix: This means the shoe is too tight or too loose on your foot. The upper material should be snug but not too tight around your foot to limit blood flow. 

4. You are feeling a stab sensation in your knees while running, especially downhill. This should be your first sign of ITB syndrome, especially if you recently bought and started wearing new shoes. There could be a lot of reasons for this, one being your gait that changed due to the shoe fitting poorly. Fix: Getting fitted for a new pair of running shoes by a professional at a running store.  

Here are three easy ways to stretch Sneakers Wider

1. Freezing a zip-lock bag – Follow these steps

  • Fill a zip lock bag half with water. 
  • Place the bag inside the sneaker, try and place it where the shoe is the tightest. 
  • Then place the shoe with the bag inside, in the freezer. 

As the water freezes, the ice will expand and stretch your shoes.

2. Using a Shoe Stretcher, Sprays and Liquids

This method will work to stretch leather, fabric and even vinyl. 

The directions are as simple as spray it on the tight areas and then walk around in your shoes for a while. You can find these products for sale at your local shoe store or you can buy online. It will also work best with an adjustable shoe stretcher

3. Using a peeled potato

  • You will need to peel a potato according to the shape of your foot and shoe. 
  • Make sure to wipe the potato dry, and cover it in a bag of some sort, stuff it inside your shoe where your foot would normally press. 
  • Leave it for at least 2 days. 
  • This method should provide a little bit of a stretch in the necessary areas. 

Worst case if none of these methods work, your best bet would be to pass your beloved sneakers on if you can’t get a refund. 

A bad fitting pair of shoes can end up causing really bad injuries to your feet, knees, hips and joints and will definitely not be worth it in the long run. Make sure to follow the tips on buying the right running shoes or trainers in the future.

Good luck out there and safe running!

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Information sources: 

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/shoes-too-tight#stretch-them-out
  2. https://www.mensjournal.com/health-fitness/9-signs-youre-wearing-the-wrong-size-running-shoe/
  3. https://www.canadianfootwear.com/fitting-buying-tips

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How much does a pair of running shoes weigh?

How much does a running shoe weight?

Don’t run, fly…. with new technology and lighter running shoes. How much does a pair of running shoes weigh?

And why does it matter?

Remember the chunky heavy running shoes from the past?

And wondered how they’ve been able to make the shoes lighter and lighter over the years?

When we first started researching this, the first technology I came across was the FLYTEFOAM™ technology, this is something ASICS designed and researched in the last few years.

According to the ASICS.com website, “FlyteFoam is constructed through a special process that allows to increase gas content with thinner bubble walls while avoiding deformations, thanks to incorporating ballistic-grade, elastic fiber, commonly found in bulletproof jackets.

This allows for overall weight reductions of approximately 55%, while maintaining or surpassing, the durability and structure of traditional soles. The end result is the lightest midsole material in ASICS history.”

Unfortunately, this is patented in the US, EU, Japan and Australia. But that didn’t stop their competitors.

So, can this be true, that compared to conventional sponges made from EVA, FlyteFoam is approximately 55% lighter?

And that’s when I came across the Nike version of Flytefoam – React Foam.

When Nike asked runners what they wanted out of their running shoes, they got very specific answers:

  1. They said they wanted better cushioning.
  2. Runners wanted to have a better energy return in Nike shoes.
  3. And they needed their shoes to be lightweight, of course.
  4. Oh, and they had to last longer too.

In a way, they wanted everything. The thing to note here is that these four qualities are incredibly tough to combine in one single piece of shoe because they’re opposites.

And that’s where the Nike React technology was launched, Nike’s latest cushioning innovation and a significant breakthrough in footwear foam. The midsole of the shoe is filled with tiny bubbles holding air that offer good cushioning and shock absorption without weighing down the shoe very much.

What is Nike React?

Nike React foam cushioning was launched in June 2017 in basketball – a sport that requires players to shift direction and speed in seamless motion and to lift off at the blink of an eye. The foam met those needs by providing a sensation that is as soft and springy as it is squishy and stable – a balance not previously seen in any other Nike basketball shoe.

Because runners expressed that they craved similar sensations, it was a no-brainer to take Nike React technology to running shoes.

Elite and everyday runners tested Nike React technology in more than 17,000 miles of running, which converts to more than 27,300 kilometers. “Over that span, our wear-testers consistently told us that Nike React made them want to run more often,” says Ernest Kim, Director of Advanced Footwear.

Why are lighter running shoes better in the long run ?

The conclusion, yes, it is actually a lot better, lightweight shoes mean less impact, less fatigue and faster recovery. Wearing lightweight shoes and running with soft footsteps can be very beneficial for a runner of any ability or any experience level.

But having inefficient form and wearing heavier overbuilt shoes concludes that the simple act of running can quickly become very destructive and can cause serious injuries to your body.

Heavier running shoes typically weigh more because they have built-up heels, which translate to steep ramp angles of 8 to 15 percent. This encourages a heavy heel-striking gait and braking, both of which have been shown to cause a variety of overuse injuries.

While lightweight shoes are better for all runners (especially when engaging in an efficient natural running gait), it’s not only the actual weight that makes the difference. It’s also about how the shoe is built and how much downward energy it can convert into forward propulsion.

Allowing your foot to strike directly under your body and lift your foot off the ground instead of pushing off hard like a sprinter, will eventually make running and levering forward a lot more comfortable than landing harder with every step, especially as fatigue sets in.

The benefits to wearing lighter shoes include less braking (and therefore less impact), less muscle strain, and less energy output because you’re lifting the weight of the shoe off the ground instead of using excessive muscular force to push off the ground.

So how light is lightweight?

According to this article on more.com, modern materials and manufacturing techniques including less stitching, fewer overlays and lighter midsoles are allowing shoes to get lighter and lighter.

So how much does a pair of running shoes weigh?

Ideally running shoes range from 212g to 269g (depending on gender and shoe size). A 50g difference might not seem a lot, but you can feel the difference on your feet once you lace your shoes up and you’ll certainly feel the effects after a long run.

Solereview which is a well known website named Nike Vaporfly 4% Flyknit as Nike’s lightest running shoe of 2019, weighing just under 200g. (Not available for sale on their website anymore.)

But the second lightest Nike shoe, the Nike Epic React Flyknit V2 is still available on their website.

You will be surprised to hear that lightweight shoes are not for everyone, there are also advantages to heavier weight running shoes:

Advantages of Heavyweight Running shoes

1. Injury Protection

It is argued that running shoes that weigh more can offer more protection from injury. So, someone logging a lot of miles might find more comfort from a shoe that offers more cushioning.

2. Larger Build Runners

Runners who have a larger overall body frame might find a heavier shoe to their advantage. Besides cushioning, extra weight on a running shoe can also come from the width. Larger body types often have larger feet and need a shoe that’s comfortable while also giving proper overall support.

3. Durability

Another extra advantage to more firmly cushioned running shoes is that they last longer. The need to replace them less often is certainly appealing. Less replacing equals less dollar signs!

Bottom Line

The bottom line is that the weight of your running shoes can play a big role in how efficient you are as a runner.

Lightweight shoes, especially ones that allow you to run with a natural gait and soft midfoot or forefoot foot strikes, can lessen muscle strain and fatigue, improve your endurance, and help you recover faster, all factors in improving your running.

But if you’re considering changing your running form or the style of shoes you wear, do it gradually and carefully to avoid injury.

Did you choose your running shoe according to weight? Let us know in the comments below!

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