Yes, you can treat plantar fasciitis with a flip flop.
BUT NOT JUST ANY FLIP-FLOP. You wouldn’t want to walk for miles in dollar-store throwaway flops, for sure.
So why are some flip-flops good and others bad? Is there something about the design of the shoe that hurts the feet, or is it something else?
It’s All About the Sole
Did your orthopedist tell you to avoid flip-flops? She’s probably right... about some of the shoes.
This is because most of the shoes are designed to provide minimal support to the foot. Most of the time, people buy flip-flops for short trips: to frolick on the beach, to take to the pool, to walk across the yard.
Problems occur, however, when your pool flops become your walking shoes. If you start to grow fond of your thong sandals and start wearing them to the mall every week, the miles will add up and your feet will ache.
Here’s how most feet-hurting flip flops are designed:
- Completely flat sole. Just enough to keep your feet off the pavement.
- Little material as possible. Helps to keep costs down.
- Inexpensive materials. Sturdy enough to make it through one summer, but not much longer.
- No bend. Not only is the sole flat, but it’s also rigid where it needs to curve.
What to Look For in a Good Flip-Flop
If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis or foot pain in general, then you don’t need to shun flip-flops. There’s nothing built into the design that hurts your feet.
For example, our flip-flop model, The Healing Sole, was designed by an Orthopedic Surgeon, evaluated in clinical trials, and used successfully by hundreds of thousands of people! That’s a lot of effort in one product, so you can be sure it really works.
In contrast to the foot-hurting flip flop, the Healing Sole has:
- Arch Support. Not flat like a typical beach flip-flop.
- Rocker bottom sole. A unique tension-reducing innovation.
- Compressible inner heel. Where most flip-flops are just single pieces of felt, ours has complex design features where pain is the worst.
- Non-compressible outer heel. Our heel is a two-in-one innovation, both comforting the ball of the foot and facilitating a normal heel strike.
So What Should You Buy?
There are many good thong sandals available that won’t hurt your feet. You may have to pay a little extra, but it’ll be worth it to spend $40-70 dollars on a pair of shoes that won’t wreck your feet after a jaunt around Disneyland.
Get a thicker sole, make sure it has arches that fit your feet, and get a feel for overall construction and quality.
However, if you’re already experiencing heel pain and want to get better--not worse--with every step, read up on Healing Sole technology.