Aren’t flipflops bad for plantar fasciitis?
Well, traditionally speaking, flip flops are very loose footwear, they don’t offer much support and generally could be considered a bad idea.
Then again, if you’ve read our PF Flare up guide then you’ll know toe alignment and tight toe box shoes could be a leading cause for some people with plantar fasciitis.
If you can find a pair of flip flops with good supporting features and a comfy heel pad you might be able to pull it off.
Flip flops with Good Arch Support
Flip flops are one of the most comfortable footwear anyone can here. I Below are the 3 orthotic sandals that can help alleviate flat foot discomfort.
1. Vionic Wave Flip Flops
Vionic designed these flip flops with a deep heel cup and an arch riser to correct flat feet and provide maximum comfort. The deep cups enable the footwear to look like a typical flip flop when worn as your heels land lower than the arch.
This also helps you gain your balance without overcompensating for your stance. The midsole is made of lightweight EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) that absorbs the downward force on your heels while landing your foot. The rubber sole is intricately designed with patterned treads for maximum traction over various terrains.
2. Vionic Tide Flip Flops (Unisex)
Orthaheel has made a stylish orthotic sandal called the “Tide Slide” you can comfortably wear with style in varying colors. The ergonomic design of the sole promotes comfort even for long walks. The heel sits perfectly in the heel cup and the arch is raised to a comfortable level.
The straps are made of sturdy woven polyurethane foam lined by neoprene for ultimate comfort. The midsole is made of EVA which absorbs downward force when you land. The rubber soles are made of TPR (thermoplastic rubber) which further lessens the shock of every stride.
3. Flipthotics Orthotic Sandals (Unisex)
Stridetek Flipthotics have creatively designed an orthotic sandal in the form of a stylish flip flop. This model has a arch riser to lift the arch of the feet. Wearing this will instantly add an arch to your feet as the toes and heels are designed to land lower on the surface of the footwear.
The heel is constructed as a cup and catch the heels perfectly in place. This additional feature gives more lateral stability giving you more balance.
Supportive Flip Flops for Plantar Fasciitis and Flat Feet
Flat feet is a normal phenomenon among infants up to school age. Typically, the arch of the feet gets fully developed around the age of six. The following Flip Flops will help you manage any discomfort, heel pain or plantar fasciitis you may suffer from.
Some adults, unfortunately, have not managed to develop a proper arch on their foot. It is not a rare condition for adults. In fact, around 20-30% of the general population has a unilateral or bilateral flat foot with varying degrees of affectation.
Managing Flat Feet
Most of the people who have flat foot are asymptomatic and have managed to compensate for their gait. Some have experienced pain, discomfort and inflammation of the plantar fascia. Some people engaged in physical activities find their gaits a little awkward.
There are various ways to correct flat footedness including surgery. But for those who are not in the severe need of surgery, some footwear can help alleviate discomfort and correct gait.
These three are among the best orthotic flip flops you can buy let alone flip flops specifically for plantar fasciitis. Even those who don’t suffer from foot pain find comfort in wearing these flip flops for everyday wear. If you’ve somehow made it down to here, but still aren’t convinced these are right for you, perhaps head on over to our popular guide to choosing the best plantar fasciitis shoes.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. I am someone who suffered from Plantar Fasciitis off and on for 3 years before my heel pain fully subsided. The following information is based off my own experience and research into what works best for plantar fasciitis.Jeremy