If you experience that very painful, stabbing feeling as if something is ripping under your feet, chances are you have Plantar Fasciitis. It is a common injury for people who work while standing for hours, for those who walk too far, for athletes who do not do proper stretching, for those who are just too heavy, and for those who wear foot apparel that do not properly support their feet.
We know what you’re going through, and even if all you want to do is to lie on your bed and relax your feet, your work – and your boss – just won’t let you, and even more irritating is when you know your crappy work boots do not help; they just make the pain worse!
Plantar fasciitis is a foot injury wherein the fascia, a tissue that runs from your heel to the balls of your feet, is either stretched or contracted beyond their capacity. It is the area in your feet where your weight is centralized, so without proper foot support and cushioning, plantar fasciitis may progress, which may require surgery to cure.
But the good news is: a good pair of working boots will greatly help you in avoiding plantar fasciitis!
Best Working Boots to Avoid Plantar Fasciitis
Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift 6″ Steel Toe Boot
If you’re looking for a boot that you can wear all day long while prioritizing both protection and comfort, consider this boot from Caterpillar. Equipped with Goodyear Welt Construction for durability and breathable leather, this almost works like magic. Plus, you have the choice if you want it to be soft toe or steel toe!
Pros: Durable, full-grain leather, nylon lining and Climasphere sock liner to keep moisture away, slip-resistant
Cons: some people who bought these complain about the size. They suggest getting a size ½ smaller than your actual shoe size, but also consider the thickness of your socks.
Timberland PRO Men’s Hyperion Waterproof XL ST Work Boot
This boot can be considered as one of the most multi-purpose designs of the Timberland Hyperion series. Waterproof, lightweight, with alloy safety toe, and with a design that can be worn from casual, rugged, to work clothes, this boot is a must-have!
Pros: Waterproof, versatile style and design, alloy safety toe, lightweight, equipped with anti-foot fatigue technology for comfort, high quality leather resistant to extreme abrasion, no break-in period
Cons: According to buyers of this boot, the nylon mesh on the sides is not that durable. It frays too soon, and then rips apart, allowing water to enter the boot.
Wolverine Men’s W02429 Raider Boot
This is superior comfort, protection, and style all rolled into one. The Raider boot is built with full grain leather and shock absorptions system to help your feet take on the work you subject them to. It has also an anti-slip rubber sole and mesh linings to help absorb moisture.
Pros: Full grain leather, mesh linings to manage moisture, removable cushion footbed, multishock absorbing compression pads
Cons: Not waterproof but can be treated with waterproof wax, not insulated, which is not highly preferable in winter but can be great during summer or when the boot is used in tropical climate.
Caterpillar Men’s Revolver Pull-On Steel Toe Boot
It may look like an ordinary boot, but Cat’s Revolver Boot has everything a work boot must have. Casually designed and meticulously engineered, this is an all-around boot that performs well even in the toughest jobs.
Pros: Goodyear Welt construction, electric hazard and slip resistant outsole, full grain outsole, good quality leather until the shaft
Cons: The boots are larger than the actual shoe sizes; it takes a while to break in especially in the ankle part, not waterproof but can be treated with wax, issues on narrow shaft but otherwise works fine and fits well after the break-in period
But although good quality work boots are available, an added support to avoid plantar fasciitis is always welcome. After all, people who mostly have plantar injuries are those who good boots too and whose feet are overly strained. Even a good working boot is sometimes sadly not enough, but Timberland’s got you covered!
Timberland PRO Men’s Anti Fatigue Technology Replacement Insole
This insole boasts features that rival the original insoles that came with your Timberland boots. With the anti-microbial and odor control feature, arched design for support, temperature regulation and anti-fatigue technology, the chance for having injured fascia is greatly lessened.
Pros: lightweight, microbial and odor control embedded on the Ortholite top layer, has arched design for support, temperature and moisture regulation, anti-fatigue technology to help your feet last through the day, shock absorber
Cons: Has to be cut to perfectly fit your boots, they are thinner than the usual Timberland insoles, and don’t last as long as the original insoles.