Everyone looks for cool and comfortable sandals. Don’t let plantar fasciitis hold you back from comfortably wearing sandals. You can stay pain-free and comfy all summer long with just a few modifications to your shoe style. When you experience foot pain related to plantar fasciitis you think the only shoes that will provide heel pain relief are sneakers or shoes that accommodate orthotic inserts. It’s possible that you give up all hope of wearing sandals because they don’t offer the support and stability that you need for foot pain relief. Think again. You can be stylish and cool with all the support and stability your feet need. No need for plantar fasciitis, heel spurs or fallen arches to hold you back from trendy summer footwear.
Consider three critical features when shoe shopping that will make wearing sandals without pain entirely possible.
Sandals for plantar fasciitis soles
Flexible yet firm shoes are needed to protect against unnecessary stress on knees, feet, and ankles. Typically thick rubber-soled shoes will accommodate this requirement. You are going to want to pay close attention that shoes have some tread on the bottom to provide traction and prevent your foot from tensing up as you try to grip to keep your feet from sliding around.
Supported plantar fasciitis sandals
Be sure that your sandal selection has sufficient arch and heel support. Support is ideal to promote proper alignment and to keep you walking pain-free. The insole should cup around the heel area to keep the foot from sliding around. Inadequate support can lead to unnecessary heel, joint and back pain. Having a contoured arch area will also give your foot just the right amount of support and keep your arch from collapsing. Sandals with no arch support will only aggravate the plantar fascia and cause unnecessary heel pain.
You should look for sandals that have a thick but firm insole to absorb the foot pressure that comes along with standing and walking. It is essential that your shoes have enough cushion that will adapt to your foot as you walk. This cushioning should be firm, but still flexible enough to bend when walking. The inside sole of the shoe should not be slick; this will also contribute to unnecessary tension in the foot to keep your feet steady. Ideally, you will want a sandal that has a textured inside sole keep you walking with ease.
Wearing sandals shouldn’t be considered a luxury just because you have foot pain. Its great to be able to keep up with fashion trends and still be able to maintain healthy pain-free feet. Finding shoes with well-defined arch support and well-padded heel area is not as difficult as one might think. Shoes with these characteristics are becoming ever so popular as people are paying more attention to their health and looking to maintain active and pain-free lifestyles.
So take off those clunky sneakers are put on a pair of fresh and comfy pair of sandals this summer.