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I have plantar fasciitis, what should I consider when buying work boots?

Are you suffering from sore feet? You might find some tips below. 

When buying work boots or safety shoes when suffering from plantar fasciitis, there are several factors to consider to ensure maximum comfort and support for your condition. Here are some key considerations:

  1. Arch Support: Look for steel cap boots with good arch support to help alleviate the strain on your plantar fascia. Boots with built-in arch support or removable insoles that can accommodate orthotic inserts are ideal.

  2. Cushioning: Choose work boots with ample cushioning in the midsole such as Sensicare to provide shock absorption and reduce impact on your feet. This feature can help reduce discomfort and minimize strain on the plantar fascia.

  3. Heel Support: A sturdy and stable heel counter is crucial for proper support and alignment of your feet. Look for work boots with a firm and well-cushioned heel including Wellmaxx to minimize pressure on the plantar fascia.

  4. Fit and Sizing: Ensure that the steel caps fit properly and provide enough room for your feet, especially if you need to use orthotic inserts. Avoid narrow or tight-fitting boots that could exacerbate your condition.

  5. Arch Type: Consider your foot arch type when selecting comfy work boots. If you have high arches, look for boots with adequate arch support. If you have flat feet, boots with built-in arch support or the ability to accommodate custom orthotics can be beneficial.

  6. Sole Design: Look for work boots with a supportive and shock-absorbing outsole. A rubber or polyurethane sole with good traction and slip resistance can help reduce the strain on your feet and improve stability.

  7. Weight and Flexibility: Consider the weight and flexibility of the boots. Lightweight and flexible boots can reduce fatigue and provide greater comfort during long hours of work.

  8. Breathability: Choose safety footwear that offer good breathability (maybe a Gore-Tex membrane) to prevent excessive sweating and maintain a comfortable foot environment. Moisture-wicking materials or breathable linings can help in this regard.

  9. Break-in Period: Keep in mind that some work boots may require a break-in period. Ensure that you have enough time to wear and adapt to the boots before using them for extended periods at work.

It's important to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a podiatrist or orthopaedic specialist, to get personalized advice tailored to your specific condition and footwear needs.

If you have any further questions or require contact details to a qualified podiatrist in your area, please do not hesitate to contact our customer service team in Melbourne on 03 6161 3933 or

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