Improve lifestyle, strengthen foot and calf muscles, and ease heel pain by wearing the best shoes for heel spurs which have excellent heel cushioning and arch support
Featured shoe: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20 (Best for long runs, Runner’s World)
Heel spur (calcaneal spur) happens when calcium deposits build-up at the bottom of your heel bone. This foot condition is like plantar fasciitis where heel pain is most intense after a prolonged rest, especially in the morning. If you have heel spurs, your foot might not bear your body weight completely because of the pain, thus limiting your movement and ability to carry out your daily tasks.
The people who are vulnerable to heel spurs are those with daily activities that apply constant stress to their feet. Weight gain and fallen arches, which lead to overpronation, can also contribute to heel spurs since the heel absorbs much of the impact during foot landing if you’re an overpronator.
While icing your heel is one way of getting an immediate relief, strengthening your foot and calf muscles through exercise should be one of your long-term goals if you want to get rid of heel spurs because if your foot and calf muscles are strong, they will help take stress off your heel bone preventing calcium deposits from accumulating.
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What are the best shoes for heel spurs?
The best shoes for heel spurs have excellent heel cushioning that can subdue the pain at the bottom of your heel bone. These shoes can also give enough support on the arch tendon of the foot to help distribute your body weight evenly across the entire foot surface (not just the heel and forefoot) to soften the impact during foot landing until your foot pushes off to complete your step.
If you have tight calves and an aggressive heel strike, you may need a shoe with a higher heel-to-toe drop (10-12mm) to stay comfortable on your foot, ankle, Achilles, and calf. But having a higher drop shoe may direct more stress to your knees and hips. So, if you also have issues with your knees and hips, you may choose a heel-to-toe drop between 8mm and 10mm.
5 Best-Selling Running Shoes for Heel Spurs
Note: If your foot’s support type is neutral to underpronation (supination), your best shoes are neutral-cushioned shoes but if you have fallen arches or overpronation, your best shoes are stability/motion control shoes.
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Best Shoes for Heel Spurs
Here’s a list of the best shoes for heel spurs (in no particular order):
1. New Balance 990v5
2. New Balance 940v4
3. New Balance FF Vongo v4 (Best mild stability shoe, RW)
4. New Balance 840v4
5. New Balance FF Beacon v2 (Best lightweight cushioning, RW)
6. New Balance FF 1080v10
7. Brooks Ravenna 11
8. Brooks Levitate 3
9. Brooks Revel 3 (Best bargain buy, RW)
10. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20 (Best for long runs, RW)
The best New Balance walking shoes for heel spurs are:
The best New Balance running shoes for heel spurs have ENCAP PU ring (with EVA core) that enhances stability from mid-foot through the heel, ABZORB Crash Pad that enhances motion control and stability in the heel, and ROLLBAR technology that prevents rear foot movement and enhances smooth transition from heel-strike through toe-off which is great for overpronators.
11. Brooks Ariel 20
12. Brooks Glycerin 18 (Spring 2020 awardee, RW)
13. Brooks Ghost 12 (Editor’s choice, RW)
14. Brooks Addiction 14
15. Brooks Bedlam 2
16. Hoka One One Clifton 6 (Best for everyday runs, RW)
17. Hoka One One Bondi 6 (Most cushioned, RW)
18. Hoka One One Arahi 4
19. Hoka One One Elevon 2
20. Saucony Guide ISO 2 TR
Brooks’ best walking shoe for heel spurs is the Addiction Walker 2.
The best Brooks running shoes for heel spurs have BioMoGo DNA midsole that delivers long-lasting cushioning, Progressive Diagonal Rollbar that adds support and pronation control for overpronators, Heel Segmented Crash Pad that ensures smoother landings, Super DNA midsole that delivers maximum cushioning, and Deeper V-groove in the outsole that offers better release and smoother transitions.
The best Hoka running shoes for heel spurs have Meta-Rocker geometry that creates a smoother transition from heel-strike through toe-off, Flat-Waisted Geometry that offers dynamic stability, Molded Ortholite footbed which delivers high-performance cushioning, and Arch-Lock Wings that connect to the shoelaces for added mid-foot support.
The best Saucony walking shoes for heel spurs is the Grid Omni Walker.
The best Saucony running shoes for heel spurs have Extended SRC Impact Zone technology that delivers smoother transitions, POWERGRID technology that provides a more responsive ride, ISOFIT saddle that supplies structural support, EVERUN top sole that provides smoother landings in the heel and reduces pressure in the forefoot, and ISOFIT technology that creates a dynamic fit system.
21. Saucony Omni ISO 2 (Best stability shoe, RW)
22. Saucony Kinvara 11 (Most versatile, RW)
23. ASICS GEL-Kayano 26 (Best for stability, RW)
24. ASICS GT-2000 8 (Best for marathon training, RW)
25. ASICS GT-1000 9
26. ASICS GEL-Venture 7
27. ASICS GEL-Exalt 5
28. Altra Torin 4 Plush (Best for long runs, OUTSIDE)
29. Mizuno Wave Inspire 16
30. Mizuno Wave Horizon 3 (Best for stability, RW)
The best ASICS running shoes for heel spurs have Dual-density DuoMax Support System in the midsole that increases support and stability for overpronators, famous Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Systems that reduce impact from heel-strike through toe-off, Guidance Trusstic System that increases gait efficiency, Impact Guidance System that enhances the foot’s natural gait and FluidRide technology in the midsole that delivers superior energy return and cushioning.
The best Altra shoes for heel spurs have FootShape toe box which allows the toes to relax and splay naturally, fully cushioned Zero Drop platform–a famous technology that provides a low-impact landing, and Ultralight A-bound EVA foam midsole which offers impact protection.
The best Mizuno running shoes for heel spurs have Redesigned Stability Wave Plate that provides softer cushioning and enhanced response, Articulated U4icX heel wedge that supplies greater cushioning, Fan Wave technology that provides structural guidance and shock absorption, and SmoothRide Engineering that promotes a great transition from heel-to-toe.
In terms of orthopedic claims, most of these brands don’t state that their shoes are orthopedic (or they stay away from any orthopedic claim) but we have included their shoes in the list because of actual consumer reviews and testimonials. We hope that these shoes will work for you.
Best Shoe Inserts for Heel Spurs
Here’s a list of the best shoe inserts for heel spurs (in no particular order):
The best Superfeet insoles for heel spurs have maximum support, stability, and shock absorption, as well as, extra deep cup which cradles your heel and provides comfortable support by aligning the bones of your foot to prevent heel pain and plantar fasciitis.
The best Spenco insoles for heel spurs have advanced arch support and deep heel cup which absorb shock and control pronation, as well as, extra cushioning under the ball of the foot which provides a smoother transition.
The best Powerstep insoles for heel spurs have contoured heel cup which provides stability and effective relief for heel and arch pain.
The best SOLE insoles for heel spurs have heat and wear moldable feature which provides a customized fit, cushioned support which cradles the plantar fascia, improves balance and natural foot alignment, and Polygiene odor control technology which helps create a healthy foot.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the best shoes for heel spurs?
The best shoes for heel spurs have excellent heel cushioning that can subdue the pain at the bottom of your heel bone. These shoes can also give enough support on the arch tendon of the foot to help distribute your body weight evenly across the entire foot surface (not just the heel and forefoot) to soften the impact during foot landing until your foot pushes off to complete your step. Best examples of these shoes are New Balance 990v5, New Balance 940v4, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20, Hoka One One Bondi 6, and Hoka One One Clifton 6.
Will heel spurs go away on their own?
No. Since heel spurs happen when calcium deposits build-up at the bottom of your heel bone forming a bony protrusion along the plantar fascia, medical treatment is needed to get rid of them.