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Best shoes for Women with IT band syndrome and plantar fascitis

Many runners know the dangers of IT Band Syndrome; it can linger for months if not years, rearing its ugly head right before a race. IT band syndrome, or Iliotibial Band Syndrome, is caused when the ligament that runs outside the leg becomes tight, inflamed, and just downright painful to move. This problem can arise from weaknesses in certain muscles or running's repetitive motions. Luckily, the right shoe can make a difference, both in terms of preventing and treating IT band 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.

Brooks Pureflow 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Doesn't get in my way + has enough support. Just right!
  • light weight, connection with ground
  • Lightweight but still has support

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with bad blisters.

Brooks Pureflow 5

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The comfort
  • Cushion with support
  • The cushioning in the shoe.

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The cushion
  • The wave plate and stiffness of the shoe
  • Cushion

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and IT band syndrome.

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Brooks Transcend 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Gentle stability
  • Just enough support without being too heavy or restrictive
  • Support

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

Brooks Transcend 3

Brooks Ravenna 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The cushioning without feeling like I'm stomping around
  • Has a wide toe box and fits my feet well
  • Comfortable design with foot support for my arches.

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

Brooks Ravenna 7

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