The Healing Sole was invented by Dr. Meredith Warner. She realized that she wanted to provide her family, friends, and clinical patients with a healthy and structural flip flop option. Too often, they were told by other doctors that they could never wear flip flops again after receiving a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis (among other foot conditions). Dr. Warner wanted to make the ‘problem’ (flip flops) become the solution.
Most flip flops are simply a piece of rubber with a thong attached, designed just to protect the skin from the ground. She had a vision of creating a flip flop that incorporated multiple physical methods of reducing foot pain in a single shoe.
Using her experience over years of treating people with foot pain successfully with nonsurgical methods, she did just that. The Healing Sole footwear features a gently raised arch support, rocker bottom sole, compressible inner heel, non-compressible outer heel, and raised toe lift (Cluffy wedge) that work in conjunction to stretch, strengthen and offload pain with every step.
In addition, the arch support allows the ball of the foot to be offloaded and the shoe’s structure is designed to allow foot muscle use. Dr. Warner designed each feature to work synergistically with the others.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It is believed that 1 in 10 Americans suffer from the condition. Plantar fasciitis is a degenerative condition where the plantar fascia (the fascial structure that connects the ball of the foot to the heel) is chronically inflamed and/or has microtears due to excessive stress and strain on the tendon, or due to chronic low-grade inflammation.
The fascia is also a favored place for monster proteins to form over time; these are called advanced glycation end products and happen with consumption of too many processed foods. Pain associated with plantar fasciitis is most noticeable in the morning when getting out of bed. Classically, the pain usually subsides as the fascia stretches throughout the day.
Dr. Warner designed The Healing Sole to help stretch and strengthen the muscles in the foot therefore reducing the pain associated with plantar fasciitis and reducing the frequency of pain. Dr. Warner designed the shoe to perform while the body engages its amazing capacity to heal and repair tissues. In fact, the whole purpose of The Healing Sole is to simply provide a platform for natural healing.
Heel spurs are bony growths caused by calcium deposits that grow on the underside of the heel at the attachment of the plantar fascia. Heel spurs are often painless but are frequently associated with plantar fasciitis. Heel spurs are thought to increase strain on the muscles of the foot.
The rocker bottom sole and compressible inner sole of the Healing Sole footwear help reduce pressure on the heel at the spot where heel spurs most commonly form and cause pain.
‘Morton’s neuroma’ is a thickening of the tissue around the nerves in the ball of the foot. There is typically no visual indication of Morton’s neuroma like a bump or swelling. Morton’s neuroma pain can feel like stepping on a pebble, toe numbness, and burning pain in the ball of the foot. Many people use the term ‘balled up sock’ to denote the sensation they feel constantly with this condition.
The design of The Healing Sole footwear seeks to offload stress from the entire foot and relieve pressure placed on the ball of the foot. The design allows the metatarsal bar to offload the ball of the foot while the forefoot rocker reduces stress there as well. These features synergize with each other.
The foot contains many joints that can be affected by arthritis. Arthritis is considered as swelling, tenderness, or stiffness in a joint. Arthritis can be caused by long-term low-grade inflammation and oxidative stress; many believe a component of wear and tear, infections, and other underlying diseases is also causal.
However, recent scientific work has clearly demonstrated that most arthritis is due to oxidative stress, poor mitochondrial health and chronic inflammation. Arthritis can be very debilitating for the feet as they are under the stress of the entire weight of the body and generally used constantly.
The Healing Sole’s design promotes overall foot health while evenly distributing stress across the foot with its patented design. It was designed to diminish stress at any given point of the foot during its use.
Tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon, the thick fibrous cord that attaches a muscle to a bone. Tendons are what allows a muscle to move a bone. There are many painful tendons in the foot that the Healing Sole can help to relieve. The Healing Sole’s rocker bottom sole helps stretch and strengthen tendons in the foot to help relieve pain.
One of the best ways to relieve pain from conditions like arthritis or connective tissue disorders is through movement. Remember, Dr. Warner’s goal is to simply harness the healing power of your own body. The design of The Healing Sole allows stress reduction, stretching and muscle use in a way that promotes that natural healing.