Thinking About Getting a Running Shoe for Plantar Fasciitis? Read This First
If you’re like a lot of runners, then you’ve probably thought about getting a sneaker that will prevent heel pain.
A lot of people eventually narrow their choice down between the following two products:
•ASICS Men’s GEL Venture 5 Running Shoe
•New Balance Men’s M990v3 Running Shoe
They are both great products. However, I’ve discovered that one of these products actually holds a surprising advantage over the other. Read on to find out which one I think is best for runners concerned with heel pain.
Overview of ASICS Men’s GEL Venture 5 Running Shoe
This running shoe does a good job of providing support and comfort. That’s largely due to the following three features:
•There is a Rearfoot GEL cushioning pad that provides extra support for the heel, absorbing the landing impact. You won’t feel discomfort when striking the foot on the ground. The shoe is designed for long hours of wear on endless trails and helps the wearer to endure the ups and downs of rougher terrain. The cushioning system helps to reduce the shock that a runner experiences during the impact phase. It also allows for a much smoother transition to midstance.
•The inside of the shoe has removable foam soles so that they can be replaced with doctor recommended orthotics. This is a nice feature because some people just can’t manage, despite the well thought out technology, orthotics that are are not specifically made for them. They need orthotics that are custom made where a medical professional such as a chiropractor who specializes in making orthotics can cast a mold of the runner’s feet and in essence make a blue print that will grantee a perfect fit.
• The shoe has an enclosed shoot meaning that it supports a hold of the shoe and lace-ups coming up to the ankle.The soles of these shoes are made out of hard rubber. Because the rubber soles are designed for durability and strength, they are not as flexible as other running shoe models on the market. This means the shoe passes the “bend and twist test” as mentioned in the video above. What does this mean and why should you care? If a running shoe bends and twist that means it won’t have the support to absorb the landing impact when your heel hit the ground, and that’s bad news. It means that you have the wrong shoes for your planter fasciitis, and you’re going to make your condition worse.
Despite these great advantages, however, there is one problem with Asics Gel Venture 5 Namely, the outsoles rubber have been known to separate from the platform. That may not be a big deal to those who don’t use this running shoe for heavy milage like marathon training, but those who do use this running shoes that way will want to take note.
Overview of New Balance Men’s M990v3
This is also a great running shoe for runners with heel problems. In particular, this running shoe shines when you need to put high-milage in your runs. What’s more, it also comes with these neat features that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else:
•Comfortable to wear and feels sturdy. This goes even beyond the enclosed shoot of most running shoes. The shoe offers a snug fit because the collar foam and pigskin upper part wrap the foot perfectly. This means your foot is locked into the proper position and you lessen the chance of injury even with a long run. In fact, this sneaker offers a good fit for a wide range of foot sizes. This means you won’t have to go a half size bigger to accommodate toe room as it might be the case with other running shoes
•Crash Pad. The shoe has the ABZORB crash pad on the midsole. This means that your heel strikes will be smooth.
•Ndrance outsole. This is a durable carbon rubber that provides resistance to the wearing of the heel up to the outer sole’s lateral sides. In other words, the shoe won’t fall apart even after a grueling long run. This shoe is solid, well built, thorough, which means you’re not likely to find any glaring faults with it.
Despite the mentioned advantages, however, those who use the shoe for speed running or those who’re looking for some trail running ability may be disappointed. That’s because this shoe is much too heavy for speed running. It’s also limited when it come to running on uneven terrain as it does not have trail-specific outsoles.
[Gel Venture 5] vs. [M990v3]: Which One Wins?
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, both of these are solid products. However, overall I’d have to award the M990v3 as the best overall running sneaker for plantar fasciitis because the it offers more support, and good support is ultimately what a runner suffering from heel pain needs. In the interest of providing more balance—no pun intended—here are some things that a runner may want to consider before making a purchase.
- Some runners have reported that their shoes emit a terrible odor, especially if they get wet. I can confirm that. You need to keep the shoes dry.
- You’ll have to, for the most part, stick to smooth surfaces and avoid rough terrain if you want to make the best use of the shoes.
- It doesn’t offer the breathable inner lining technology like the Gel Venture 5. This adds to the odor problem. You can take care of the problem by using sneaker balls, but it’s still something to think about.
Bottom line, if you’re looking for running shoes that are good for heel pain and high milage, then you won’t go wrong by choosing the M990v3.
Update: New Balance has come up with the M990v4 which now has a breathable-mesh. This should go a long way in solving the odor problem. You can check the updated version here.