Sandals and Heel PainFinding summer shoes that you--and your feet--love!
Sandals: Is there any better symbol for carefree summer days? Unfortunately, if you suffer from heel spurs or plantar fasciitis, your relationship with summer footwear isn’t quite so breezy.
The wrong pair of sandals can exacerbate or cause heel pain, putting a quick stop to those long walks down the beach.
In this article, we’ll explore the drawbacks of certain popular sandal styles, how to find a good pair of sandals, and how to enjoy you favorite pair of sandals if you have plantar fasciitis!
Sandals 101: What to Avoid
Each spring, department stores fill their shelves with a rainbow array of fashion sandals. But buyer beware! Behind the buckles and jewels lurk some of the worst offenders of heel pain and plantar fasciitis.
The biggest hallmark of poorly made sandal is soles that are thin, flat and unsupportive. Thin soles offer zero support to the arch of your foot, leaving your plantar fascia to absorb the full impact of every step you take and drastically increasing your odds of developing heel pain, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Achilles tendonitis, and Morton’s Neuroma.
Whether you call them “flip flops,” “zoris” or “thongs,” this summer staple is easy on your wallet and hard on your feet. Flip flops are usually made of cheap material like foam or straw, and offer zero arch support or padding. Over time, this lack of support affects not only your feet but the connecting muscles and tissue. Flip flops are also prone to slipping and sliding as you walk, increasing your risk for tripping or spraining an ankle.
Popular jelly sandals are made of flexible plastic and nothing more. Not only do they earn an F in arch support and cushioning, but they are notorious for causing blisters as the plastic rubs against your heel. Don’t be tempted by the fun colors or low price tags – jelly sandals aren’t worth it!
How to Find the Perfect Pair of Sandals
Summer-worthy, supportive sandals might sound like an oxymoron, but don’t despair! These tips will help you score a pair of sandals that make your feet happy all summer long.
Arch and Heel Support
For many people, summer is a season of activity–at the beach, the park, the pool, hiking, running, and playing. Your feet need more backup than ever, which is why you should make sure you insist on the same arch support you’d look for in a closed-toe shoe. Look for sandals that have contoured arch support and keep your heel from sliding around.
Don’t Forget Those Toes!
Look for sandals and summer shoes that give your toes ample room to bend and move as you walk. Don’t settle for a strappy number with a peep-toe that squishes your toes together, putting you at risk for hammer toe, ingrown toenails, and an unnatural gait.
Well-made sandals will have adequate cushioning that helps your feet absorb the impact of all that summer fun. A thick, flexible sole is ideal and will keep heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and other foot conditions at bay!
Sandals for Heel Pain and Heel Spurs
For many people, finding a good, supportive sandal is enough to ensure a pain-free summer, but if you’re prone to heel pain or have a condition like plantar fasciitis or heel spurs, you’ll want to take extra steps to protect your feet!
HTP Heel Seats Sandals
If your suffer from chronic heel pain but still want the fun and freedom only a pair of sandals can offer, there’s good news: HTP Heel Seat Sandals are soft, stylish, lightweight–and made especially to combat heel pain. Our famous HTP Heel Seat Sandals are one of a kind on the market, and have helped thousands recover from painful foot ailments with the clinically-proven Fascia-Bar, a technology specifically designed to treat the underlying causes of heel pain, plantar fasciitis and heel spurs
Can’t bear to part with your favorite pair of sandals–but need a little extra support to combat heel pain or plantar fasciitis? Barefoot wraps are the perfect solution! Lightweight and compatible with almost any style of sandal, Barefoot wraps lift your arch to to optimal position with minimal, lightweight support.
At Heel That Pain, we’re here to give you the support you need for a pain-free summer!
Originally published August 14, 2015.