It is summertime. Time for the beach, the pool and backyard BBQs. Time for flip flops! If you suffer from a condition called plantar fasciitis, you may feel limited on your choice of footwear because you’d rather avoid heel pain than wear a flimsy flip-flop. Are there any options for supportive sandals or flip flops that won’t trigger the pain?
Plantar fasciitis is a condition of the foot that is usually brought on by over activity such as running or playing a sport. It is also caused by wearing ill-fitting, unsupportive shoes. Everyone can suffer from plantar fasciitis but age and diabetes can predispose you to the condition.
The plantar fascia ligament does the job of a shock absorber that contracts and stretches with every step we take. This ligament can develop small micro tears which results in sharp stabbing pain in the heel or along the bottom of the foot. Treatment can range from resting, cold and heat therapy, to surgery in severe cases. Preventative measures include stretching exercises and wearing good supportive footwear, which can include sandals and flip-flops if you know what to look for.
Finding an adequate supportive sandal is not too hard to do. The internet is a great source with many retailers offering styles of sandals specially designed for plantar fasciitis. Prices range from $20 to over $100.
There are a few important features you should look for in any shoe.
- A deep heel cup can help control pronation
- Arch support designed to stretch the tendon
- Cushioned foot bed for stability and shock absorption
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) gives a seal of acceptance or approval to products that meet certain standards and criteria.
For more information on plantar fasciitis and heel pain, or if you would like more advice on types of shoes, the foot and ankle specialists here at Tucson Orthopaedic Institute are ready to help. Dr. Eric Anctil and Dr. Scott Evans will see you in the East Tucson, and Dr. Geoffrey Landis will see you in Northwest Tucson or Oro Valley.
Contact Tucson Orthopaedic Institute to make an appointment at a location close to you.
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