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Best Hoka Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

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Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition of the heel that should be managed under the guidance of a Physiotherapist. Treatment for this condition includes strengthening exercises, stretches, footwear management, taping and insoles.

This article will provide our Foot and Ankle Specialists’ recommendations for the best Hoka Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis. We have purchased all these shoes for testing and taken our own photos and videos to provide genuine recommendations as experts in this condition.

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Best Hoka Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Hoka Clifton 9

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The first shoe we recommend is the Hoka Clifton 9 due to its neutral footbed, responsive cushioning and 4mm heel drop. The Clifton 9 is a shoe that we recommend to our patients with a normal arch height and no outstanding issues with their gait when walking or running.

The Clifton 9 has responsive cushioning, which means it doesn’t sink too much when you apply force and provides a little pushback when walking or running.

The 4mm heel drop helps by providing an even distribution of force across the forefoot, reducing the stretch on the plantar fascia. The neutral sole means there is no tilt on the shoe, which one might need if one has a flatter foot.

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Hoka Arahi 6

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The Hoka Arahi 6 is one of Hoka’s most stable shoes due to its J-Frame and CMEVA cushioning. We recommend this shoe to patients with flatter feet or poor pronation control when they walk or run.

The J-Frame runs around the front and inner aspect of the shoe’s sole to provide stability throughout the gait cycle, whereas most other shoes provide traditional medial arch support.

The CMEVA cushioning provides ample support without the added weight expected from such supportive shoes. The Arahi 6 has a slightly higher heel drop of 5mm compared to the Clifton 9 but is still significantly low for a support shoe.

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Hoka Bondi 8

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We recommend the Hoka Bondi 8 to patients with high arches due to their plush cushioning, 4mm heel drop and lightweight. Patients with a rigid high arch often have a two-prong walking gait, creating high-pressure points on the heel and the forefoot.

The plush cushioning of the Bondi 8 creates the feeling of walking on a cloud, and patients with a sensitive heel from Plantar Fasciitis can get immediate relief.

The midsole stack is considerable, but it is another very lightweight shoe, so don’t let this put you off. The 4mm heel drop matches that of the Clifton 9 and it is the most cushioned of the 3 trainers.

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We are experts in treating Plantar Fasciitis and run a specialist foot and ankle clinic based in Fulham, London.

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