Could you recommend an ideal type trainer?

A reader asks:

Hi. I have had a problem over the past couple of years with planter fascias on my right foot. I have quite high arches. I would also appear to supinate which has now been causing me alot of pain in my right ankle. I find when I try to bear weight on my big toe area the pai in my ankle is more severe. Could you recommend an ideal type trainer. Thanks, Sean.


Hello Sean. Have you tried the trainers of New Balance with Rollbar, Stability Web, and Stabilicore technologies? These designs are highly recommended for people with plantar fasciitis. Since training shoes are primarily built to support forward and lateral movements instead of impact on pavement, the New Balance trainers, having these technologies, can support both overpronation and supination. Cross trainers are known to be built-up more around the ankle to secure it so you’ll have that added support as you move forward and move from side to side. These shoes can encourage your lower leg muscles to strengthen. So go for stability trainer like the New Balance MX1211. Although, it’s best to try the shoe on before buying.

Other notable options are top neutral cross-training shoes. Best examples of these are New Balance MX626 Slip Resistant shoe and New Balance MX813V3. Although, these cross training shoes don’t have the recommended New Balance technologies for plantar fasciitis mentioned above, we’ve read great testimonials from people with plantar fasciitis who actually used them and were able to help relieve their heel pain. You can use a stabilizer insole in your right foot if support is not adequate.

Please note that cross training shoes are only good up to 5 miles of running on treadmill or pavement. If you run more than 5 miles, you’ll need to use a pair of running shoes. The neutral running shoes that are great for plantar fasciitis and supination are Asics Gel Contend 2, Asics Gel Nimbus 17, Asics Gel Kinsei 5, Nike Air Max 2015, Mizuno Wave Creation 16, New Balance M980V1 Fresh Foam, New Balance M890v4, Saucony Cohesion 8, and Saucony Kinvara 5 (if you want a more natural ride). These shoes can greatly minimize the pain in your plantar fascia and help heal your plantar fasciitis (naturally) over time.