If you are suffering from painful heels and/or soles, but you still want to go hiking, you’re going to need grade A footwear. If you do not take this condition seriously, it will grow worse. I know how you feel, I’ve suffered from this as well. But a good pair of high end boots can truly help you fight this. Please have a look at my personal selection of boots against heel pain!
Conquer changing terrain in the KEEN Targhee II Mid hiking boot. The mid-level height of this women’s trail boot protects your ankle from debris and rocks. Waterproof leather and an eVent membrane keep you dry while offering breathability. Supportive and strong, the S3 heel structure absorbs shock for a stress-free hike, every time you hit the trail in the KEEN Targhee II Mid hiking boot. Fit tip: This style run… read more
Hi – Tec Bandera WATERPROOF Hikers are perky, protective go – getters with style. These well-made Hikers are 100% waterproof to ensure your feet stay bone-dry and happy as a clam. Stylish suede and breathable nylon mesh uppers; EVA midsole absorbs impact; Carbon rubber outsole offers non-marking, multi-directional traction; Removable, padded insole for airing out; Padded tongue and collar.
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Combat Lace Up Padded Cuff Waterproof Hiking Outdoor Work Ankle Boots
A vibrant color scheme sets this hiker apart, while still offering Ahnu’s signature performance features.
These Timberland White Ledge Boots have a rubber outsole for excellent traction on the trail.
Hiking, vacationing or just trekking to work, the KEEN Voyageur Mid trail boot is a rugged cruiser with its windows down for ventilation. Breathable and flexible, the waterproof nubuck and mesh upper and woven textile lining of this lightweight women’s hiking boot offer built-in climate control for hot and cool days alike. The mid-level height and gusseted tongue protect your ankle from debris and rocks, while S… read more
Generous mesh panels and moisture-management technology offer a refreshing climate in this rugged boot.
The Ahnu Montara Boot is a mid-cut hiker designed to take you from the trails to city streets. This women’s outdoor boot features a nubuck upper with an eVent waterproof, breathable membrane and NumentumTM neutral positioning technology for stability and comfort every step of the way. The Vibram outsole of the Ahnu Montara Boot offers enhanced traction on rugged terrain.
NORTHSIDE Women’s Pioneer hiking boots feature a suede and mesh upper. A mid-cut cuff lends ankle stability. Speed Lacing System for secure fit and easy on-and-off. Contoured cushioned insole for comfort and support; Insole is breathable and washable. Molded PVC Heel Stabilizer for support. Rubber outsole for durable traction.
The relentless epidemic of morbid obesity in the US hasn’t done our feet any good. More and more people are starting to suffer from a condition known as plantar fasciitis, which is also referred to as policeman’s heel. Not too many people have heard of this condition, but believe me when I tell you this is no joke. It’s a condition you need to take serious.
It’s best if you are able to prevent it completely. But that’s not always possible. If you’ve already contracted this affliction, then you must do anything you can to keep it from escalating. If there’s one thing you don’t want, it’s a nasty case of ‘plantar’ that grows worse and worse every year. If you plan on going backpacking along the trails with this condition, you’ll have to get the best hiking shoes for plantar fasciitis.
So What Is This Plantar Fasciitis?
At the bottom of your foot, you have a tissue band known as the plantar fascia. It connects your toes with your heels. Some activities, such as climbing rocks, can make it so that this ligament is repeatedly stretched abnormally. This will especially be the case when you are hiking on rocky paths that do not provide any cushioning effect with every step you take.
When you suffer from policeman’s heel, it means your plantar fascia tendon is growing thicker and gets inflamed. It can be tremendously painful. Policeman’s heel comes in two sorts of pains, generally speaking:
- A consistent, dull type of aching.
- A sharp jab with every step you take.
No matter which type of pain you are suffering from, this condition is always tough to deal with. It can get worse when you are walking long distances. It can be made even worse when you are burdening yourself with a heavy backpack, placing even more weight on your feet than was already the case.
Policeman’s heel can also cause (or accompany) heel spurs. These are tiny calcium deposits in your heels. These will cause sharp pains while walking, usually at the center of your heel and along the inner sides.
How Badly Will This Affect My Quality Of Life?
Pretty badly. Especially if you don’t take it serious and just let it get worse.
It’s a very painful condition. Often you’ll have ‘first step’ pain in the morning. But when your feet are in this condition, you can have foot pain at any time of the day.
It will drastically reduce the quality of your life.
What Causes Policeman’s Heel?
The thickening and inflammation of the plantar fascia has a number of possible causes. Most of the time, it’s never just one single cause. It’s usually a combination of causes. This is actually good news, because this means there’s a big chance you’ll be able to tackle at least one of the causes.
The most common causes of policeman’s heel are:
- You are significantly overweight and are therefore exerting too much pressure on your own feet.
- You have to stand up straight for many hours a day. If you’ve got a job that requires lots of standing, you are at high risk.
- You’ve taken up a completely new type of physical exercise. Or you’ve greatly increased the intensity of an existing type of physical exercise routine.
- You switch from flat shoes to high heeled ones and back. A lot. Pretty much only applies to females.
- You suffer from other conditions. Lupus and arthritis are two afflictions known to be related.
- Your feet are either very flat, or have a very high arch. The golden mean is best, but people at the extreme ends of the spectrum are at higher risk.
- Your current shoes are worn out and do not provide proper support. Your soles are thin and your archs are suffering badly.
- Your heel cords, also known as the achilles tendons, are very tight.
- Your legs are of uneven lengths.
Ofcourse, if you are a hiker, you stand an increased chance of developing this condition. For hikers, it is of the utmost importance that they wear the best plantar fasciitis hiking boots you can find. Make sure to go for boots that give you plenty of support.
You have to have boots that are flexible in their midsole, so that they will bend along when you take a step. The rolling motion of your foot must be supported by your hiking boots and not be made harder. You also need a good heel cup, as policeman’s heel pain is usually located in the (ayup, you guessed it) heel.
What Can Be Done To Prevent Or Cure Plantar Fasciitis?
If you want to learn what you can do to cure this affliction, then click the WebMD link I’ve created above. This website is about boots and I ain’t no doctor. All possible treatments for this condition are out of the scope of this website. Many things can be done to improve a severe case of this horrible condition. But in the end, it all starts with getting good policeman’s heel hiking boots.
The Solution Lies In The Right Footwear
However… the prevention and/or treatment of ‘plantar’ lies partly in your footwear. There is not any single one pair of best hiking boots for plantar fasciitis. However, there are insoles which are dedicated to preventing and treating your condition. The best types of insoles for treatment, will offer you pretty darn good heel support. Because that’s what you need in order to prevent this condition, or improve on it if you already have it.
Another option at your disposal is a night splint. You have to think of a night splint as some sort of exoskeleton for your foot. Like the name suggests, you wear this at night. It holds your foot at a certain angle, which prevents your plantar fascia tissue band from contracting. Instead, it just stays stretched all the time. This prevents the bands from growing thicker. So this will at least prevent the condition from getting worse.
What Are My Other Options?
It is possible that the condition is due to hereditary causes. You can’t help it if you have very flat or high arched feet. You can help being overweight, in most cases. And if your job requires standing up straight all day, then there’s a good chance you do something about that too. Assuming you’re not suffering from an affliction that causes you to be overweight, ofcourse.
Granted… you might not be able to turn your standing job into a sitting job. But it might be possible that you are willing to switch careers and get a sitting job. In this economy, I understand this isn’t possible for everybody. But you just have to outweight the advantages and the disadvantages. It’s all a matter of priorities… how bad do you want to rid yourself of your plantar fasciitis?