The Top 5 Basketball Shoes For Players with Plantar Fasciitis (2021)

Updated: October 22, 2021
A diagnosis of plantar fasciitis can be a bad situation for any basketball player, casual or serious. This condition causes pain in the heel and bottom of the foot that makes playing basketball an impossibility. While the exact cause of this condition is not known, there are multiple lines of evidence that suggest that the repetitive movements of a basketball player make them more susceptible than the general population.

So your doctor tells you have plantar fasciitis but you want to keep playing. What should you do to avoid the pain? Make sure you get the right sneaker for the job. You need to look for shoes that offer the following features:

  • Sole support – Since most of the pain of plantar fasciitis is caused by stepping directly on the bottom of your foot, you want a shoe that offers good support of the sole. You may find that you need to buy removable insoles to get the right level of support.
  • Ankle support – When you have plantar fasciitis, you tend to modify your gait to avoid causing pain. This can leave you walking in unnatural positions, especially if you’re wearing shoes that allow you to modify your gait too much. Find a pair of shoes that keep your ankle locked in.
  • Proper fit – When your toe box is too tight, your toes will be squeezed, exacerbating the pain of this debilitating condition. Make sure you find a shoe that fits just right – not too tight but also not too loose.

The shoes below are those that have been reviewed and rated as the best basketball shoes for players suffering from plantar fasciitis.

1. Adidas Pro Boost

  • Excellent, reliable herringbone outsole grips the floor like crazy, and should also hold up well outdoors.
  • Stable, soft and responsive cushioning should work for all types of playing styles.
  • Nice wide, stable shoe that has all the support you would need.

Fan Average

3.59
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4.4

2. Adidas Harden Vol. 4

Adidas Harden Vol 4
  • Despite missing the herringbone pattern of the Vol. 3, this shoe offers elite traction.
  • The Lightstrike cushioning is lighter than the Boost cushioning used in Vol. 3 while still offering a smooth ride.
  • The support in this shoe is top of its class and will allow you to safely make quick cuts.
Adidas Harden Vol 4

Fan Average

3.79
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Review Average

4.6

3. Nike KD 14

  • Super reliable grip, both on indoor and outdoor courts.
  • Soft and bouncy, the KD 14's cushioning does a good job protecting from impact and springing right back up.
  • Reliable support and lockdown, with a nice wide base.

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3.76
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Review Average

4.4

4. Puma Clyde All-Pro

  • Perhaps the best traction of any shoe this year. Multidirectional pattern helps you grip, stop on a dime, and cut all over the court.
  • A very nice cushioning upgrade over Puma's previous basketball shoes provides good responsiveness and feedback.
  • Support is excellent for a low-cut silhouette.

Fan Average

3.55
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4.6

5. Air Jordan 36

Air Jordan 36
  • Consistently excellent herringbone traction, indoor or outdoors, though the rubber can wear out on grittier outdoor courts.
  • Full-length Zoom Air provides substantial cushioning, but not quite as good as previous iterations.
  • Good fit and solid support, with a nice, wide base.
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3.44
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