Orthaheel technology is the phrase that many Plantar Fasciitis sufferers look for when trying to find a sturdy, comfortable shoe that will support their feet in all the right places and ease the pain. As a result, this specialized heel cushioning can be found in a wide range of shoes from different brands.
A Guide to the Best Theraputic Sandals for Plantar Fasciitis and other Foot Problems
Consumers are no longer limited to substantial lace-up shoes when trying to find relief for their foot complaint – welcome news to everyone considering a new pair of shoes for the summer. The following five products are examples of some of the best supportive, therapeutic sandals or flip flops that include this brilliant Orthaheel heel support – or at least a close approximation – while tackling other issues like flat feet and arch support and providing style and comfort.
1. Vionic Unisex Wave Orthatic Sandal
When looking for shoes to aid conditions like Plantar Fasciitis, many consumers instantly turn to Vionic because they are a brand that can be trusted to deliver on a supportive specification and have a wide range of models on offer to give loyal customers precisely what they are looking for. The first product of theirs to be discussed in this guide is the Vionic Unisex Wave Orthatic Sandal.
Unisex is definitely the correct term because this flip flop style is incredibly neutral with its choice of black, brown or khaki uppers, it comes in a range of male and female sizes and focuses on supportive features rather than looks. This shoe is promoted as aiding heel pain, knee pain and flat feet and does so via its shock-absorbing EVA midsole and biometric footbed.
2. Orthaheel Mojave Women’s Orthotic Sandals
Vionic are often seen as the go-to brand for Orthotic shoes but if you are specifically looking for a model with Orthaheel technology for support for a range of foot conditions, you could go straight to the source at Orthaheel themselves. They offer the sporty-looking Mojave Women’s Orthotic Sandals, in a range of interesting color choices, with the promise of all the features and support that sufferers of flat feet are looking for.
This shoe has a biomechanical EVA footbed, Vibram sole and plenty of support for after-sport recovery and other foot complaints; however, it is the design on the top that is interesting with the intricate two-tone webbing adjustable straps and elasticated toe ring, both of with mean extra comfort and a personalized fit.
3. Neat Zori Orthotic Sandal
The curvy, beach-ready Neat Zori Orthotic Sandal may not come in many colours or sizes but it is the “proven orthotic benefits” that attract most buyers that are in need of something more supportive over the summer. Neat promise that these flip flops offer good arch support as well as support for the metatarsals and the heel – the latter not claiming to be Orthaheel technology but still beneficial – with the aim of aiding foot, leg and back problems.
The odd shape is derived from a Japanese style, apparently, but has the ergonomics and comfortable features that buyers need through high-quality rubber and padded straps. Like the Vionic model above, these shoes are also unisex and promise to be beneficial to all that wear them.
4. Vionic by Orthaheel Sharon Patent Thong Sandals
The final two shoes to be discussed here today offer a more feminine approach to the look and style and are perhaps a little more subtle in their attempts to be therapeutic to foot conditions. Unsurprisingly, we turn back to the ever-reliable Vionic and their Sharon Patent Thong Sandals.
These sandals look more elegant with their shape and the crystal flower on the toe post but they retain the crucial features that make the brands shoes so beneficial against foot conditions like Plantar Fasciitis, such as that clever EVA midsole. The shoes are available in a range of stylish colors and look great on the beach but the key selling point is the fact that buyers can do so with surprising comfort and arch support.
5. Vionic Tide Floral Sandal
The final Vionic that concludes this list is the Women’s Tide Floral Sandal, a simple looking shoe that hides the work going on under the surface with pastel colored straps, floral patterns and a basic white foot bed. Once again, that all-important Orthaheel technology is at work here to give users extra comfort, cushioning and support and aid their foot conditions.
The aim of the shoe is not to be a casual beach flip flop but a therapeutic shoe that realigns feet, ankles and knees. This makes these shoes an unusual looking option for Plantar Fasciitis sufferers and those with flat feet, especially compared to the unisex, blatant-looking options above, but they do work and there are many happy women claiming to practically live in them because of the pain relief and comfort.