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  1. MattyB

    I never knew how much shoes could affect your back. Thank you for this helpful information that is going to influence my shoe purchases in the future. I have a bad back and anyone with one knows that it interrupts our lives. Anything that can help with back pain is a welcome information to have. Thanks for providing this about New Balance shoes and I will consider buying them. Are there other shoes that are good for bad backs? – Matt B.

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Matt,

      I have heard really good things about Orthofeet Coral Women’s Comfort orthopedic sneakers. http://amzn.to/2onxZEo They are especially designed to alleviate heel and back pain. However, they are pricy at about $120.00. That said, they have been well reviewed. You might also consider Asics Gel Kayano 21 as they are known to have good support. Good luck.

  2. Vertical Veloxity

    Wow thanks for the great information and illustration on why some people have problem with their feet. My wife just went to the Dr. for feet problems. I am going to show her your post.

    I told her to get some Dr. Scholls foot protection thingys. I forgot the name. But I love they are so comfortable. This is even better!!!!

    We really need to take care of our feet. They are the last things that we think about sometimes. Poor things. lol

    • Thabo Nkomo

      I am glad I was able to provide helpful information as the mission of my website is to provide solutions and tips for people suffering from back or feet related pain.

  3. Heather

    Thank you so much for this informative article. I have suffered from plantar faciitis on multiple occasions and know first hand how unpleasant it can be. I am always looking for good footwear. Anything to prevent flare up, I am grateful. I am thinking I might get those cute ones with hot pink soles. Great information.
    Take Care,
    Heather

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Heather,

      I’m glad you found the post useful. Let me know which shoe you go with and how it works out. Your feedback will help me better guide others. I wish you well and continued good health.

  4. jeffrey16201

    Very helpful article on New Balance shoes for women with plantar fascitis, shoes can play a big part in how well we get by with health problems.

    It is amazing all the shoes available for people with all types of health problems, I really like the appearance and style of these shoes. In the past shoes for health problems were not very stylish, you could tell they were for people with health problems.

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Jeffrey,

      It’s always nice to hear from you. I hope all is well. You insight about the shoes is on target. I think more and more companies realize that people not only want shoes that are good for them, but also want shoes that look good. Take care.

  5. Jim

    Excellent article about my wife’s favorite walking shoes.

    My wife and I both wear New Balance shoes. We have tried Nike, Asics. Adidas, Brooks, and some others, but we have both found that New Balance offers us the most comfort and back protection of any of the competitor shoes.

    New Balance seems to have better and longer lasting arch support and the construction quality keeps them usable much longer than other brands!

    We would never buy anything else!

    Jim

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Jim,

      I’m also very big on New Balance when it comes to support. If you haven’t already, you might want to look at the M990v4. It’s an update of the excellent M990v3.The big improvement is better breathing technology that makes you sweat less and thus lessens any odor problem.

  6. Chris

    I have always be hesitant when buying new running shoes. It seems like a simple exercise but can be so confusing when you look at it in depth. I have had a bad back for a while and my wife is now starting to suffer with back problems too. After reading this I am going to check her shoes and look at replacing them with some proper shoes for support and hopefully help her back.
    Do you need to look at inserts with these shoes as well?

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Chris,

      Most of the shoes have enough cushioning so inserts are usually not needed. However, where that is the case a shoe like 990v4 might be useful. The arch support that come in the shoes are removable. The shoes also has a deep heel box that will accommodate most orthotics and even correct for stability. I hope this helps. Let me know if I can be of any more assistance.

  7. Chays

    Your article could not have come at a better time for me! I recently threw out my back, I’ve had issues with it for a few years now. Doctors have given me muscle relaxers and sent me on my way. This last incident, a doctor I saw told me that I needed to start with the shoes, the shoes are usually one of the biggest causes of back problems. I’m not a runner but I am an avid walker and this article is VERY helpful to me in determining if the shoe is a proper fit. Really appreciate this info.. Thank you!

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Chays,

      I’m so glad that you found the article helpful. My aim is to provide valuable information to both runners and avid walkers. Feel free to let me know which shoes you try and how well they meet your expectations. This will allow me to better help others.

  8. admin

    Hi Thabo it is nice to meet you. i reviewed your website and i actually have plantar fascists and this was very good information but if i may suggest to correct the spelling on the word fasciitis i think you meant fascists also i dont not have a flat foot so i would like to see other examples of the causes of plantar,s fascitis

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Thanks for the heads-up. I use that spelling because that’s the way it’s spelled in all the research I have done. Anyway, other factors besides flat feet that may indicate a risk for the condition include a recent increase in weight-bearing activity, increased intensity of physical activity, walking or running on hard surfaces, and old or improper footwear. Early recognition of these factors increases the likelihood of success with treating the condition. I will strive to address your question in more details in a future post.

  9. S. Martin

    Wow! I never knew I don’t have to pick shoes at random. Now I think I should look more into the type of shoes I buy. Thanks for the information. I will pass it on to my friends too.

    • Hi S. Martin,

      As I said, Plantar fasciitis is a common injury for those who enjoy their morning/evening run on a routine basis. It causes a pain in the heel and this happens due to wearing the wrong running shoes with very little cushioning and support. To reduce this pain, you will require a good pair of running shoes that have a thick sole for shock absorption to allow you to get back out there. There are shoes designed specifically for people with plantar fasciitis because they help speed up the recovery process.

  10. Anita Ayela

    I was reading up about Plantar Fasciitis as I am suffering from it right now. I chanced upon your website and was amazed about the info I got here. Thanks Thabo for making me decide about the kind of shoes I should buy.

    • Hi Anita,
      Deciding which shoes to buy when you have Plantar Fasciitis can be a very tricky thing. The wrong shoes, with not enough support,can worsen the situation. Fortunately, all the New Balance Shoes mentioned in the post do a superb job of providing cushioning to absorb the stress of your foot strike against the ground. It’s just a matter of choosing which one is best suited for you. Let me know how everything turned out.

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