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Best shoes for Men with achilles pain and plantar fascitis

Achilles pain, which often stems from achilles tendinitis, can linger and derail a training season and even a running career. When the Achilles tendon comes under too much stress, it can become inflamed (the tendinitis) or even rupture. To prevent the debilitating issue, it's important to stretch the calves, not build up mileage too quickly, and avoid excessive hill work or speedwork. It's also important to buy the right running shoes. Wearing inflexible shoes, shoes that don't fit your stride (for pronators especially), and shoes with a low heel-to-drop can all cause Achilles issues.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by an overloading of the connective tissue that runs from top of the foot to the heel. Although overuse and poor foot structure can lead to the issue, wearing the wrong shoe for your foot type and gait can cause pain in the plantar fascia. A super cushioned sneaker can often ease the problem, as can simply replacing a shoe that's already well-trodden.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Responsive and fast
  • the lightness of the shoe
  • The comfort but also responsiveness

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with runner's knee/patellar tendinitis and shin splints.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Hoka One One Clifton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The comfort and support of the sole while keeping it very light.
  • Less pain
  • Cushion

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with a bad back and achilles pain.

Hoka One One Clifton

Saucony Ride 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • the cushioning, as I transferred to this shoe from a shoe with much less cushioning.
  • easy to break in
  • Price, weight

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis.

Saucony Ride 9

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Max cushioning with good responsiveness
  • Cushioning and response of the sole
  • Rocker and cushioning. Very light

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and achilles pain.

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Where I bought it
  • The support for running higher mileage
  • It's one mesh

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and achilles pain.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfort
  • Lightweight and fast
  • It's cheap and does its job very well

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and runner's knee/patellar tendinitis.

Saucony Kinvara 7

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