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Orthaheel Sandals And Flip Flops For Plantar Fasciitis

Updated on July 20, 2010

Finding the right shoes for plantar fasciitis is getting easier all the time.  Companies like New Balance, Brooks and Mizuno are internationally renowned for their extra supportive running shoes.  On the casual or formal side of things, Birkenstock's and Clark's are probably the most well known.  They offer comfort for folks who have to stay on their feet for long periods of time everyday.

With so many choices on the market, a solution can be found by simply matching the right shoe to your specific condition and needs.  Men and women have different types of arches you see.  Some are very high while some are almost non-existent.  The right shoe for you will have a sole that almost matches your arch.  If you're not sure what kind of arch you have, see a podiatrist.  A good doctor can figure it out in a hurry and recommend an appropriate sole-ution for your problem. 

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Are Sandals Supportive Enough For Folks With Plantar Fasciitis Though?

Unfortunately for the free spirited beach goers with this condition, sandals and flip flops are pretty unsupportive.  Think about a typical sandal for a second.  It's almost completely flat!  One cause of plantar fasciitis is overpronation - the continuous collapsing of the foot arch.  A flat sole actually forces the foot to go through this collapse with every step.  A shoe that has a contoured sole, on the other hand, doesn't allow this overpronation to happen.  Sandals and flip flops aren't as healthy for our feet as shoes but they're getting better.  One company that's really leading the way when it comes to plantar fasciitis sandals is Orthaheel.  So what are these guys all about?  Let's find out!

Orthaheel - Different Kind Of Company, Different Kind Of Flip Flop

Orthaheel is an Australian company founded by an Australian podiatrist. This is notable because the footwear industry is typically driven by style and aesthetics more than it is by health and comfort. Orthaheel has been able to combine both looks and comfort into a number of great looking shoes and sandals. They also make orthotic inserts that can be placed into your favorite set of kicks.

According to their website, Orthaheel's footwear products are good for people who deal with heal pain, plantar fasciitis, overpronation and various other hip and knee problems. If you don't believe the company itself, check out the recommendation by the Great Bearded Doctor Weil. Folks who really know health know that Dr. Weil doesn't put his name on something unless it's truly special.

Flip Flops For Plantar Fasciitis

The most popular Orthaheel sandals are the ones approved for use by the APMA - American Podiatric Medical Association. These include the Wave, the Tide and the Ryder. All these are about as close to a comfortable flip flop as you'll find. They feature soft, yet supportive contoured soles and deep heel cups that keep your foot in place.

They're made out of a material called EVA which is essentially a type of rubber. This is great because some shoes and sandals for plantar fasciitis use a hard plastic sole to keep your foot from flattening out. EVA is both soft and supportive at the same time - Perfect!

Orthaheel makes proper sandals as well. While these aren't specifically recommended by the APMA, they're still a safe bet if you're looking for a comfortable supportive sandal. Models like the Kiwi Slide and the Trek Sandal feature adjustable straps and nice thick outer soles for walking on tougher materials.

Hey You!  Yeah You!  What's Your Favorite Sandal?


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