The Top 5 Basketball Shoes For Players with Plantar Fasciitis (2023)

Updated: April 13, 2023

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. Air Jordan 38

Air Jordan 38
  • Biting, dust-resistant traction is ideal for indoor courts, though lacks the durability for outdoor play.
  • Responsive midsole with a double-stacked forefront Zoom units that give them a ton of bounce and excellent jump height.
  • Great ankle support from the extended collar and neoprene ankle pillows.
Air Jordan 38

Fan Average

3.76
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Review Average

4.7

2. Adidas Harden Vol. 7

  • Combination of herringbone and radial traction patterns give consistent, multidirectional grip.
  • Dual-density foam, with Lightstrike forefoot cushioning and a BOOST midsole that balance firm support with a bouncy feel.
  • Wide base with a full-length bottom-loaded shank plate for excellent stability and foot containment.

Fan Average

3.79
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Review Average

4.8

3. Nike KD 15

Nike KD 15
  • Very grippy multidirectional pattern, working well indoors and outdoors.
  • Similar cushioning setup to the KD 14: soft, plush, good bounce.
  • Nice all-around support, improving on the already excellent support of the KD14.
Nike KD 15

Fan Average

3.82
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Review Average

4.4

4. Under Armour Curry Flow 10

  • Outstanding grippiness, especially on clean indoor courts.
  • The Flow cushioning is nice and stable, without being too heavy duty.
  • Support is decidedly improved from the Curry 9. A huge win here.

Fan Average

3.67
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Review Average

4.4

5. Nike LeBron 20

  • Traction is absolutely outstanding.
  • Cushion is bouncy with amazing court feel. Big upgrade over last year's LeBron.
  • Despite the lower profile of the shoe, stability remains rock solid.

Fan Average

3.74
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Review Average

4.6
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