Plantar fasciitis, also known as plantar heel pain, is an inflammatory condition that affects the thick band running along the bottom of the foot. This condition can be extremely debilitating to whomever it affects with symptoms including intense pain at the base of the heel, difficulty walking, and painful steps in the morning. It can be extremely frustrating to not be able to get around efficiently.
People with plantar fasciitis often complain that they just want to get back to their normal, daily pain-free life. As a physiotherapist, one of my top recommendations to patients with plantar fasciitis is to change their footwear to a more high quality shoe. This can make a huge difference in their pain management! Since the plantar fascia (the thick band that becomes inflamed during plantar fasciitis) runs along the bottom of the foot, it makes sense to think that there should be a variety of footwear options to help decrease the amount of pain.
And it’s true! Here’s my list of the best shoes for plantar fasciitis…
Flip Flops with Arch Support
Shoes are an easy change to make after being diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. Most people spend a lot of time walking around barefoot or with socks, but when the plantar fascia band is inflamed, walking around unsupported like this will only aggravate the injury.
You don’t often find flip flops on lists about supportive footwear, but in this case the Orthotic Recovery Sandals have arch support which is important for plantar fasciitis. Arch support and some added cushion will make walking around the house much more comfortable.