A diagnosis of plantar fasciitis doesn’t have to go hand in hand with a pair of boring, expensive heavy orthotic shoes. With light, reusable orthotics inserts, almost any pair of shoes can be transformed into a plantar-fasciitis-fighting machine!
But what about when summertime rolls around, and those toes need some sunlight?
We think your pedicure deserves to be seen too.
Which is why we’re exploring your options for sandals that are compatible with healing from plantar fasciitis.
Can I Really Wear Sandals If I Have Heel Pain?
The short answer? Absolutely yes!
The longer answer? You need to find the right sandal. Cost, effectiveness at healing plantar fasciitis, and style are top considerations when it comes to summertime, sandals, and plantar fasciitis.
The Best Sandals for Plantar Fasciitis
Specialty Supportive Sandals
Specialty sandals provide more support and cushioning than the average sandal, but aren’t specifically made to treat plantar fasciitis.
Cost: The cost for specialty supportive sandals is higher than your average, running between $40 and $100 for a good pair (of course, the sky’s the limit when it comes to shoes!)
Effectiveness: For max effectiveness, look for sandals that have a thick, cushioned sole, at least some arch support (read: not pancake flat!) and straps that keep your foot from sliding around while you walk. While these sandals won’t do much to heal your plantar fasciitis, they are much less likely to exacerbate or cause the condition.
Style: Birkenstocks are the classic supportive sandals–wide straps, thick soles, and support for your heels. However, many manufacturers and brands make more supportive sandals now, so style options are growing!
Orthopedic sandals are made especially to support plantar fasciitis:
Cost: The cost for most orthotic sandals can be pretty steep and will set you back between $100 and $150 per pair. Luckily, you can get sandals with Fascia Bar Technology for only $54.95.
Effectiveness: Heel Seat Sandals are guaranteed to reduce pain from plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. However on the lower end, sandals branded as “orthopedic” are simply a cushioned, supportive sandal. Higher end orthopedic sandals help with heel and foot alignment to reduce the pressure on the plantar fascia while adding cushioning and support for painful feet.
Style: While there are more styles available than ever, the world of orthopedic sandals is still quite limited. It may be difficult to find a pair of orthopedic sandals that fit your unique style.
Regular Sandals With Heel Seat Wraps
Heel Seat Wraps are neoprene, lightweight wraps that are specifically made for healing plantar fasciitis. They can be worn with virtually any type of footwear–including sandals!
Cost: A pair of heel wraps are $34.95 and can be easily washed and reused. Best of all they can be worn with your favorite pair of sandals.
Effectiveness: Heel Wraps turn almost any pair of sandals into orthopedic footwear that’s both lightweight and inexpensive. Fascia-Bar Technology supports your feet and allows you to free your toes while supporting your heels.
Style: Style options are essentially limitless with Heel Wraps. Wear them with your favorite pair of sandals, or even wear them barefoot (the non-slip neoprene means that you can wear these handy wraps even on slick hardwood.)
Are your feet feeling happy yet? Make this the best summer yet by giving your toes a chance to enjoy those summer nights as much as you do this year–and in style to boot (no boot needed!)