People finding themselves struggling with pain associated with plantar fasciitis likely won’t be keen on the idea of going for a run. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain in adults and children worldwide, and this commonality goes double for runners.
Many who suffer from plantar fasciitis know that the hot spot for heel pain comes after long periods of prone activity, such as sleeping, flying, and extended sitting. However, sharper pains are common both during and after runs, especially when wearing incorrect or ill-fitting running shoes.
Plantar fasciitis treatment typically will involve routine stretching and plyometric exercises. But, one of the easiest methods to immediately notice easing of pain is to wear shoes that support the heel and arch properly.
The Hoka One One Bondi, while probably the least known of the shoes on our list, is an example of a shoe built specifically for the purpose of alleviating plantar fasciitis pain.
About the Hoka One One Bondi
The Bondi 6 features a full EVA midsole and early stage meta rocker geometry. This is Hoka One One’s most cushioned shoe.
The outsole has seen a slight change to previous models, with more high-abrasion rubber being placed along the entire length of the side of the shoe, which is where most of the impact typically occurs.
Advantages and Disadvantages
It’s impossible to find an absolutely perfect running shoe for plantar fasciitis. Regardless of the miles you plan to put on your running shoes, and regardless of the brand recognition that the shoe manufacturer may come with. This is the case with the Hoka One One Bondi as well. Here are some of the pros and cons that we came across when testing and researching these shoes.
Advantages of the Hoka One One Bondi 6
- The fit is the most accurate to the sizes that are listed online of any of the shoes that we tested in our plantar fasciitis research.
- These running shoes, with their advanced and super thick cushioning, provided the strongest support of any of the shoes that we tested.
Disadvantages of the Hoka One One Bondi 6
- Some have said that the Bondi goes a little too far in cushioning. In fact, this is their most heavily cushioned running shoe, from a brand that is already well known for going to the extreme when it comes to cushioning.
- These wear out far faster than any other running shoes for plantar fasciitis that we have tried. If you run a lot you will need to replace these every six to eight months.