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Plantar Fasciitis & MBT
Started by Terry
Posted: April 28, 2008 at 15:45
I was just curious if anyone here has plantar fasciitis
and if MBT shoes helped them with the condition. I have tried the inserts with gel and walkfit inserts from TV and
still am plagued with the pain. Do you have a particular
MBT shoes model that you'd recommend for this?

Thanks, Terry
Re: Plantar Fasciitis & MBT
Reply #1 by Alex Castner
Posted: May 14, 2008 at 02:39
After years of dealing with PF, I took a chance with MBT. They are the only shoe that has ever made my left foot feel normal. I was very skeptical and when I look at them I still giggle a little bit, they are hands down the silliest looking shoe around. Go try on a pair, the Walking Company stocks them. I tried them on and felt my foot relax in the 1st 3 steps in them.


Alex C.
Re: Plantar Fasciitis & MBT
Reply #2 by Birdie26
Posted: July 19, 2008 at 15:54
I had Plantar Faciitis a few years ago and my doctor did a series of tiny injections into my heel and it worked wonders for me. Ask you doc if he can do the injections.
Re: Plantar Fasciitis & MBT
Reply #3 by Brian
Posted: September 6, 2008 at 11:03
Like you we sell shoes but with medical issues refer to the medics and stop wearing MBTs for a while.
Though its ONLY a pair of shoes that somebody sells you, it can harm people if we get our advice wrong so caution above all else
All medics, podios, walking technique specialists etc would agree with me, we have worked with plenty of them in the last 3 years
As shoe retailers we shouldnt overstep the mark from selling shoes to being part-time medics.
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Reply #4 by sue
Posted: September 7, 2008 at 19:40
just wondering if you tried mbt eventually as i have a similar problem to yours. Im in agony most days with PF and am about to undergo injections in my heels for the problem. Im also having great difficulty finding comfy shoes to wear so am interested to find out if you had any success with mbt?
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Reply #5 by Linda
Posted: September 14, 2008 at 10:25
Hi all
I thought I'd share my experience of PF and MBT's, and as I do not have any commercial link with the shoes it is a totally unbiased view. I have had PF since March and have spent most of that time in agony. I've tried the usual 'treatments' - anti inflammatory medication and custom made orthotics (via a podiatrist) with no real relief. I'm too much of a coward for the heel injections (and the evidence suggests that they are of limited efficacy anyway)
I bought a pair of MBT's a week ago, and it is fair to say that they have changed my life. Of course, I know that it is early days, but the pain relief is fantastic and for the first time I can feel a real improvement. So, I would give them a whirl - I REALLY hope they work for you as I know how miserable PF is. Good luck!
Re: Plantar Fasciitis & MBT
Reply #6 by Linda
Posted: September 23, 2008 at 21:04
Just to give you an update - I am still experiencing fantastic pain relief! I even managed to wear a pair of 'normal' boots for work today, and although I've got a bit of a twinge now, it is nothing compared to how it was 3 weeks ago.
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Reply #7 by Karen
Posted: September 27, 2008 at 07:08
Just read your experience and you have given me hope as I've had PF and a heel spur since February and tried everthing. Can you tell me which style of MBT's you bought?
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Reply #8 by John
Posted: November 13, 2008 at 20:15
I am just waiting for linda to reply to Karen. Which style of MBT's have helped Linda or anyone else with PF??
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Reply #9 by Steen
Posted: December 29, 2008 at 16:46
I have used MBT for two years without any PF problems but a week ago I got the PF syndrome. I do not know if it is because of the MBT or because I use ordinary ECCO shoes with shock absorbers some few days before the PF? Now I use the PF heel gel pads in my ECCO City shoes with " higher heels and shock absorbers in the heels. My PF syndrome started a week ago.
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Reply #10 by denae
Posted: January 7, 2009 at 21:53
I was diagnosed with PF last year (2008) and had to find a comfortable pair of shoes. MBT's were suggested..so checked them out. They are the most comfortable pair of shoes and I do a lot of walking and hiking. They were "strange" to wear at first-sort of clunky looking but my feet love them.
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Reply #11 by Christina Pomponio
Posted: February 5, 2009 at 02:55
I tried on some MBTs at a shoe store today at lunch and my feet felt better all afternoon.
I am really excited to buy some and hope they help. I've had plantar fasciitis for 5 years,
tried everything and I am so ready for a solution.
Re: Plantar Fasciitis & MBT
Reply #12 by Lynnykins
Posted: February 28, 2009 at 14:04
I have PF and have also had problems with tendonitis both on my left heel and foot. I want to be able to walk further to get fit and loose weight too, would MBT's be a good idea?
Re: Plantar Fasciitis & MBT
Reply #13 by sarah
Posted: March 20, 2009 at 09:08
My friend also faces the same problem, now he wears bacco bucci ramo, it is quite comfortable, you can also try it.
Re: Plantar Fasciitis & MBT
Reply #14 by Jan
Posted: April 1, 2009 at 11:58
PF is caused by hamstring tendons in your legs not stretching. Try yoga and do hamstring exercises daily. Doctors are so not switched on to this they always suggest injections....try shiatusu massage and acupuncture first.
I've been told MBT shoes are great but I'm waiting for my order from my local shoe shop 3 weeks and counting...that's why we use the net!

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Reply #15 by Linda Clennell
Posted: April 6, 2009 at 20:05
Hi will share my experiance with MBT and P F the shoes have cured my P F, I have a pair of the sandals and a pair of shoes, and I rarely wear any other shoes. they are amazing and have changed my life I had P F for 2 years and had done everything but injections, didnt want to go down that road, but did try acupuncture. As soon as I put the MBT sandals on I had no more pain until I took them off. It took a year to cure with the MBTs but it was a painless year so long as you wear them all the time go for them they are worth every penny
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Reply #16 by Nancy
Posted: April 8, 2009 at 05:51
hi Linda
will you please be kind tell me which type of MBT soes and sandal that helped you from PF pain?
Re: Plantar Fasciitis & MBT
Reply #17 by JE
Posted: April 8, 2009 at 22:12
Started feeling PF symptoms several months ago -- REALLY painful. I walk for exercise - @ 3 miles, 4x a week. Some women at work have been raving about these shoes, so I gave them a try. Have noticed a huge improvement. They seem to stretch all the right muscles and take ALL the pressure off the heels and the plantar fasciia. I got one pair to work in, and then a second pair to exercise in. I wear other shoes too, but they feel so good I end up going back to them all the time. And the PF seems to be much improved. I don't hobble out of bed like a little old lady anymore.
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Reply #18 by Nicole
Posted: April 16, 2009 at 20:21
Hi Nancy,

Thought I would tell you that MBT's have helped my PF as well. They haven't totally cured it... but I don't wear them all the time. I am considering trying to wear them more. The type that has worked for me is the Sport 041. It is a bit chunky and they look a little silly, so for work I wear the Tunisha Mary Jane style. Hope that helps. Nicole
Re: Plantar Fasciitis & MBT
Reply #19 by JFH
Posted: April 21, 2009 at 16:02
I deveoped PF in October 2008 and none of the conventional exercises and sttetches seemed to have any permanent benefit because the effect of walking and running and gym seemed to undo all the benefits. A month ago I bought myself a pair of MBTs and it is a painless pleasure to walk in them. I believe my PF stands a much better chance of recovering now. The shoes give a kind of 'walking massage' to the instep. Highly recommended.

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