Updated: Nov 13, 2018
So you have heel or arch pain? What you wear when you aren’t in your runners or work shoes can also make a huge difference to getting rid of your pain once and for all!
I’ve been recommending these thong and sandal options for many of my patients lately with plantar fasciitis, plantar fat pad inflammation and related issues.
Four great options to consider:
Orthaheel – The most corrective of pre-made arch support thongs. Great for those with a moderate to high arch height (if you have very flat feet the arch height of these thongs can be hard to get used to!). Most good pharmacies stock these, as well as The Athletes Foot stores, find your local stockist at https://schollfootwear.com.au
FitFlop – Very well cushioned with a small contoured built-in arch support. These are probably my favourite all round 'go to' thong for those with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon issues. The Athletes Foot stores stock these. See the full range and find your local stockist at https://fitflop.com.au
Crocs – Yes, the look of these may not be everyone’s cup of tea but for fat pad inflammation (which can be mistaken for plantar fasciitis), they can work wonders due to the high level of cushioning provided. Find your local stockist at https://www.crocsaustralia.com.au
Birkenstock – These German made thongs/sandals have been around for a very long time! They provide an effective contoured ‘foot bed’, as the Germans call it. They are suited to those with very low arches that can’t accommodate or get used to the amount of arch support provided in other brands like Orthaheel. There are two stores in Sydney at this website; https://www.birkenstockjunction.com.au in Paddington and Mosman. Then you have http://www.birkenstocksoul.com.au/ in Petersham.
I hope this is helpful for some of you! Always remember to spend plenty of time in store trying them on and walking around. Your subjective feeling of comfort and pain reduction with these is paramount.