What is the Best Flip Flop for Heel Pain? A Review by Seattle Podiatrist Larry Huppin


So as I film this, summer is coming, and so
I’ve been getting a question quite a bit lately on whether or not there are flip flops that
patients can wear who have heel pain. And there actually are. So I’m going to go over
why in a second, but this is the brand that I usually recommend. It’s called Vionic. This
one’s kind of ugly because it’s mine. I’ve been wearing it for the past three years.
But there’s much better looking ones out there. But I really like these products. And first
of all, I do want to say I have no connection financially to this company. I just really
love their products. So first let’s look at what causes heel pain.
The most common cause is plantar fasciitis. The most common cause of the plantar fasciitis
is the foot flattening out too much, because as the foot flattens out, it stretches this
ligament here, the plantar fascia. So the foot goes from here, to here, to here, and
as that occurs it gets tighter and tighter in the plantar fascia. So researchers have actually looked at how
do you take tension off the plantar fascia? In fact, some of the research they’ve done,
they’ve taken cadaver legs, put them in a machine that would load them down, forcing
them to get flatter, causing the plantar fascia to get tight. They put a strain gauge within
the plantar fascia, and they put different types of orthotics underneath there to see
which ones take the most tension off the fascia. And essentially what they find is orthotics
that conformed very close to the arch of the foot do the best job at taking tension off
of that area. And that’s why I like these Vionic flip flops
so much. They have some really good arch support. Now it’s not as good as a custom orthotic,
it’s not as good as some over-the-counter orthotics, but it is the best you’re ever
going to find in a flip flop. So I’m not saying flip flops are the best shoes in the world.
You’re not going to get as much support here as you would in a stable athletic shoe with
either a really good over-the-counter orthotic or with a custom orthotic. But as far as flip
flops go, these are the best on the market. So if you want more information on these,
you can go to our website. Just do a search for “best flip flops for heel pain.” You’ll
find plenty of information and connection to where you can get some of these. And like
I said, most of them look a lot better than the ones I’ve been wearing for the last three
years.

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