One of the most common causes of foot pain is Plantar Fasciitis. The pain is caused by inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called Plantar Fascia, which runs across the bottom of you foot. It connects you heel bone to your toes. The pain of the inflammation is usually at it’s peak in the morning, and once the foot limbers up pain will lessen. However, it can return if standing or sitting for too long. This condition is common for many runners. Some people that are at a higher risk of acquiring this condition are pregnant women, overweight people, and people who wear shoes with inadequate support for the feet.
The treatment for Plantar Fasciitis vary but often involve the use of splints, special bandages, sprays, and exercises. Some of the most effective treatment is special shoes. These shoes work by protecting the heel from stress, and are specially designed for people with heel pain. The right shoes for Planter Fasciitis will give your feet the proper arch support they need. It is also important to remember what kinds of shoes you will need. For example, will may need walking shoes, running shoes, dress shoes, or all of these.
If you are active in sports, it would be a good idea to look for a pair of orthopedic shoes that have high shock absorption and proper arch support for your feet. There are several things to consider when looking for the right shoes. The arch of your feet for one thing. Do you have a high arch or flat feet? Also, do you pronate (inner feet turning inward) or supinate (inner feet turning outward) when you run or walk? How you walk determines the type of shoe you will need. If you are not sure what your feet are like when you walk, it is best to visit a Podiatrist to find out exactly what your feet need.
When looking for running or walking shoes, it is important to have proper control of the motion of your feet. You will need a shoe that forces you to walk or run in a way that heels are not stressed. Each person varies on the amount of motion control they need in their shoes. There are shoes for extreme motion control and shoes for moderate motion control. Find out what works best for your feet. There are many brands of shoes that not only look good but also have the proper amount of support.
When looking for sandals or flip flops. Make sure that you find shoes with the proper support for the arches of your feet and a good amount of cushioning as well. Flip flops are often flat and have little or no arch support. This can cause a lot of pain for someone with Plantar Fasciitis. However, there are many brands that have the APMA seal of acceptance to indicate that the model of sandal or flip flop has been approved by a professional team of podiatrist for providing optimal support for the feet. Some of these flip flops with that seal of approval are as follows:
* Sole Platinum Sandals
* Orthaheel flip flops
* Chaco Flip (Webbing, Leather, Fuse, Latitude, Eclipse, and Intersect sandals)
* Wolky (Serenity sandals)
Any of these flip flops are pretty much the best sandals for plantar fasciitis that I’ve found. You might have to try a few different ones to find the flip flop that best suites your needs, however. Getting shoes for plantar fasciitis (or in this case, flip flops) is not an exact science. What works for you might not work as well for me, in terms of comfort. So don’t be afraid to try a few different pairs — it might take you a few before you find the “perfect fit.”
Now a few general flip flop tips. When buying flip flops or any shoes make sure you pay attention to the cushioning and support of the arch, heel, and ball of your feet. Another tip when buying new shoes is too try them on late in the day. At the end of every day, our feet become slightly larger then they were in the morning. Also, many people have one foot that is wider then the other. Make sure to buy a shoe that fits your largest foot. Shoes that are too small are likely to aggravate the symptoms of Planter Fasciitis. The most important thing to remember when shopping for shoes is to remember that support and cushioning are the highest priority in finding shoes for Planter Fasciitis.