Best Slippers for Plantar Fasciitis
If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis, you know how much you’d give to make that pain go away, even for a few minutes. This debilitating condition affects millions of people, and in many cases, is a result of poor footwear choices. But those poor decisions are over – these are the most comfortable slippers that you can wear at home & around town to help treat & manage your plantar fasciitis pain. When walking barefoot or standing for long periods feels unbearable, slide into these slippers to melt your pain away.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes, becomes inflamed. This inflammation can cause intense pain in the heel, making it difficult to walk or stand.
The exact cause of plantar fasciitis is not always clear, but it is often associated with certain risk factors, such as:
- Overuse or repetitive strain on the feet, such as from running or standing for long periods.
- Having high arches or flat feet, which can put extra stress on the plantar fascia.
- Wearing improper footwear that lacks proper arch support or cushioning.
- Being overweight or obese, which increases the strain on the feet.
- Certain medical conditions, such as arthritis or diabetes, which can affect the health of the feet.
The symptoms of plantar fasciitis typically include:
- Sharp pain in the heel, especially with the first steps in the morning or after periods of rest.
- Pain that worsens with activity and improves with rest.
- Stiffness and limited range of motion in the foot.
- Tenderness and swelling in the heel area.
If you suspect you have plantar fasciitis, you should consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. Ignoring the condition will lead to further complications and prolonged discomfort. In many cases, your doctor may recommend that you upgrade your everyday footwear, including your slippers. Let’s see why.
How Slippers Can Help Treat & Manage Plantar Fasciitis
Though not widely regarded as a “foot-healthy” footwear choice, slippers can play a crucial role in managing & treating plantar fasciitis.
1. Arch Support
One of the key features to look for in slippers for plantar fasciitis is proper arch support. The arch of the foot needs to be properly supported to relieve the strain on the plantar fascia. Slippers with built-in arch support can help distribute weight evenly and provide stability to the foot.
Slippers with extra cushioning help absorb shock and reduce impact on the heel, so you won’t feel a sharp pain shoot through the plantar fascia whenever you take a step. Foamtreads slippers are designed with memory foam insoles that provide more than enough shock absorption. In fact, you’ll likely see a reduction in pain in your entire lower body after wearing them for a few days. With the right cushioning under your heels, you won’t have to alter your gait or posture just to make it bearable.
3. Heel Cup
The heel cup cradles the heel and reduces stress on the plantar fascia. Look for slippers that have a deep and supportive heel cup to ensure proper alignment and minimize heel pain. This is often an overlooked component of all types of footwear, not just slippers. But without the proper alignment or support, your heel can move around in the shoe, throwing off your balance.
4. Adjustable Straps
Slippers with adjustable straps can offer a customized fit and provide extra support for individuals with plantar fasciitis. We use a variety of strap types so that you can adjust the tightness around the foot to your liking. Whether it’s a hook-and-loop closure or Velcro strap, you can figure out which level of security & comfort work for you.
5. Breathable Materials
It’s common for feet to sweat, even when it’s not hot outside. But if it’s an excessive amount that causes moisture to build up, it can cause hygiene issues and exacerbate plantar fasciitis symptoms. Look for slippers with open-toe designs that allow for proper ventilation and choose a natural fiber that wicks moisture effectively.
6. Slip-Resistant Soles
The plantar fascia is weak when inflamed, meaning your strength & balance are negatively impacted. To pick up the slack, slip-resistant soles will keep you stable as you heal, preventing slip & falls as you move around the house and out for errands.
Best Slippers for Plantar Fasciitis
The Regal 2 is our top pick for men with plantar fasciitis. With a removable leather memory foam insole to provide extra cushioning and support, you’ll nearly forget your pain the moment you slip it on. The slipper is designed to be lightweight, ensuring minimal strain on the feet. Furthermore, the use of velour corduroy material and a nylex lining ensures comfort and breathability. The dual gore feature ensures a snug fit, while the availability in both medium and wide widths caters to various foot shapes.
The Debbie 2 is designed for women with plantar fasciitis. Our revamped version of the classic 'Debbie' slipper, it’s lighter in weight, making it easier to move around and reducing foot fatigue. It also features a removable leather memory foam insole that offers ample cushioning to alleviate foot pain, particularly throughout the heel. The slipper is crafted from embossed velour, ensuring a soft and plush feel. Additionally, the dual gore mesh ensures a snug fit, and the anti-bacterial nylex footbed promotes foot health. The non-marking rubber outsole provides stability and grip, giving you the confidence to walk anywhere, anytime.
The Jewel 2 is a lightweight women’s slipper that’s a stylish way to tackle plantar fasciitis. The revamped classic is lighter than the original Jewel, giving you added mobility as you navigate your day. The soft velour upper will hug your feet, but only as tight as you’d like, thanks to the adjustable hook-and-loop strap. Also lined with a non-marking, non-slip rubber sole, you won’t lose your footing around the house or as you step outside to take out the trash.
Though serious conditions may require medical intervention, many overlook the role of proper footwear in managing, treating, and even preventing plantar fasciitis. A simple pair of slippers can be the key to eliminating your foot pain. If you want to treat your plantar fasciitis and look good doing so, grab a pair of Foamtreads slippers, which feature built-in arch support, memory foam insoles, and adjustable straps for personalized comfort.