Nurses spend a lot of time on their feet: standing, kneeling, and walking. It is imperative that nurses have shoes that both provide slip resistance, because floors often are wet, and support for both comfort and health. A shoe that will alleviate the symptoms of plantar fasciitis has a deep heel cup and a high arch. Here are some of the best shoes for nurses with plantar fasciitis.
Kuru Footwear uses medical-grade KURUSOLE technology to flex with the foot, cup the heel, and provide a secure fit to the arch. The Kinetic style is available in both men’s and women’s styles. It has an anti-slip sole that provides a level of safety to the medical field as well as a deep heel cup to provide a level of comfort to the heel and the arch. In addition, there are extra eyelets of the shoe that give the wearer multiple lacing options.
Therafit Shoes offer multiple styles of shoes that are appropriate for a nurse who also has plantar fasciitis. Unfortunately for men, Therafit focuses on women’s styles. They offer a slip-resistant mule, clog, and athletic shoe. The Laura mule, the Annie clog, and the Kathy athletic shoe provide a wide variety of options for female nurses. These three styles all feature personal comfort adapters in the heel of the shoe that includes interchangeable inserts to customize the impact resistance of the shoe.
New Balance shoes offers both men’s and women’s shoes and a number of them have slip-resistant soles. They offer a variety of styles and colors of athletic shoes, many of which are sold at major retailers nationwide. New Balance changes the style, therefore the style number, of their product line frequently. A quick perusal of their website indicates more than 10 slip-resistant styles that either have orthotic insoles or insoles that are removable.
Orthotic inserts are an excellent option for nurses who have a style of shoe they prefer to wear, but that style doesn’t come with the support needed for plantar fasciitis. Vionic Shoes offer orthotics for plantar fasciitis that have a high arch and deep heel cup and can be added to any shoe with a removable insole. It is not advised to add an insole on top of another insole, so as long as the shoe has an insole that comes out, Vionic orthotic inserts can be used.
Nurses are vital to the health and well-being of a community. To maintain high performance, nurses need to be comfortable and safe. Shoes that offer both slip resistance and support combine the best of both worlds for a nurse with plantar fasciitis.