Sandals for Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain is a top problem in every podiatrist's office. There are a variety of reasons why individuals develop this aggravating pain. And recently, there have been an increasing number of individuals whose idea of comfort has led to heel pain. These individuals prefer the "comfort" and ease of sandals and flip flops during the hot summer months. In the process, they actually neglect their feet and end up with heel pain.

Problems With Summer Shoes

While summer shoes may seem comfortable and easy to put on, they can cause a lot of problems for your feet. One of the biggest concerns about flip flops and sandals is their lack of support. Many times these shoes have little or no padding. In fact, sometimes they are paper-thin. This makes it impossible for them to support your arch or heel area.

This lack of support can lead to more serious problems, including plantar fasciitis. If you stand for a long time in sandals, your feet will suffer because the plantar fascia is not adequately supported. In addition, walking in sandals or flip flops is not recommended. These shoes do not help absorb the shock of hard surfaces. And the fat pad on the bottom of your foot can only take so much abuse. After a while, it is only natural that you might begin to experience heel pain.

Young Patients

Interesting, many younger patients are developing plantar fasciitis. Doctors are attributing it to the lack of proper footwear. These individuals are not typically at risk for this condition. They are young, healthy, and physically fit. However, they choose to wear sandals or flip flops that irritate their feet and lead to heel pain.


If you suffer from plantar fasciitis because you wear sandals or flip flops, treatment is simple. Stop wearing these shoes. Unfortunately, many individuals prefer these shoes. Therefore, it is recommended that you look into flip flop or sandal options that are more padded. These options will at least offer you a little more support. Also, whenever possible, wear other shoes. Lastly, stretch out your feet regularly. This will eliminate some of the heel pain you are experiencing.

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