When you're on your feet all day for work, the last thing you want is to feel pain in your feet. Orthopedic shoes provide plenty of arch support and cushioning for the heel, along with support for overpronation, which Dan Michaels, DPM, also suggests for those with plantar fasciitis. The wider toe box makes a great choice for people with bunions, swollen feet, or hammertoes, as well.
Both soft and firm shoes can work for plantar fasciitis relief. "It matters less whether they are hard and soft and more whether they provide proper structure for the arch on the bottom of the foot," says Dr. Michaels.