The best sandals for plantar fasciitis, according to an orthopedist

Buying shoes when you have a painful foot condition is a real pain. Trial and error is especially frustrating when you suffer from plantar fasciitis causing heel pain.

Dr. Gary Evansa New York orthopedist, explained that the condition occurs when the plantar fascia, the band of tissue that runs from the base of the heel to the base of the toes, is overused, leading to inflammation.

“The job of the plantar fascia is to support the arch and structure of the foot with every step you take. Overuse can be caused by a variety of reasons, such as an imbalance in the structure of the foot, tight muscles, high or low arches, improper footwear, over-activity, or direct injury,” Evans said. “Instead of being stretched and supported by smoothly functioning while standing and walking, the inflamed fascia pulls from the heel area, causing pain and discomfort.”

This pain can make walking and running almost unbearable, even in shoes that were very comfortable for you before you got sick. And when summer hits and you yearn for sandals that let your toes breathe and give your feet some sun, it can be hard to find a pair that provides real support and isn’t too flat. But all hope is not lost of finding sandals that we will Job.

“The ideal shoe or sandal for those dealing with plantar fasciitis is one that is biomechanically designed to wrap around the heel and support the arch of the foot,” Evans said.

When looking for a supportive sandal, Evans recommended looking for a model with a heel cup that you can sit in and a heel that is generally raised from the toe area.

“The arch area of ​​the sandal needs to be stiff with some cushioning,” Evans added. “Too soft can lead to excessive instability, so not too hard and not too soft. The goal is to promote proper alignment of the foot, thereby reducing stress on the plantar fascia.”

To make your sandal journey a little easier, we asked Evans for his selection of the best sandals to wear if you have plantar fasciitis. Check them out below.

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Hoka One Ora Recovery Slide men’s and women’s treadmills

These supportive flip flops feature a cushioned midsole, a comfortable slip-on design, and a grooved outsole for good traction while walking. Women’s sizes range from 6 to 11, men’s sizes from 8 to 14.

Suomi women’s sandals

With premium built-in arch support designed specifically for those with foot pain due to conditions like plantar fasciitis and arch prolapse, they’re perfect for the beach or vacation. They are made of soft brushed leather and are available in four colors: black, brown, white and blue. It comes in women’s 5-12.

Women’s Skechers Arch Fit City Catch Sandals

These slip-on sandals will keep you comfortable all day long and are machine washable! They are made from breathable stretch knit and a soft, contoured insole designed by an orthopedist for targeted arch support. They come in black, slate blue, brown, navy blue, and black and white for women ages 5-11.

Teva Hurricane Xlt2 Men’s and Women’s Sandals

These versatile sandals come in 22 colors and prints, including mustard, red, olive, black, and colorful diamonds. The lightweight midsole has extra cushioning for maximum support and comfort. You can also adjust the fit to your liking thanks to the Velcro closure at the back of the heel. Men’s sizes range from 5 to 17, while women’s sizes range from 5 to 14.

Vionic Tide II sandals for men and women

You can’t go wrong with sandals with orthopedic-designed insoles. They have targeted comfort zones that promote stability and alignment and help with plantar fasciitis, flat feet, high arches, underwire and heel spurs. The contoured arch, cushioned footbed and deep heel provide all-day support and comfort. Get it in multiple colors including purple, orange, black, white, red, charcoal and tawny for women 5-12 or men 7-14.

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