My podiatrist recommended a particular brand of shoes to help with my plantar fasciitis. He also formed insoles for me, but they are not working out too well. I still ache a lot!
My husband called around for me today until he found a store that had the shoes in my size. I put them on and they have enough arch support and I don't have to wear the insoles. They are super cushy inside, which gives me happy feet.
She also told me some good toe stretches to do before I get out of bed in the morning, and sold me on a special compression sock that is supposed to help. For $25 for one sock, it better! So far tonight my foot hurts less than it has, but we'll see how it all works out. The foot without the special sock is hurting almost as much as the other one does, so I think I might need one for each foot. Maybe my feet are just tired, though, as we did another 3 mile walk today, and then did laundry and shoe shopping.
The shoes recommended are Brooks Ariel. Kind of pricey, but if they help my foot heal, they'll be well worth it. The sock is made by Feetures!
I was happy with this shoe store, because the shoes were the same price as on Zappos.com or Brooks' own site. Often shoes cost more locally. The owner seemed very knowledgeable, which made it worth the extra cost of the sales tax I ended up paying, and the drive down there.