Flip-Flops for Plantar Fasciitis That Are Actually Cute

You no longer need to choose between style and comfort.

Ah, to be footloose and fancy-free. That’s an impossibility for the millions of people who suffer from plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue (or fascia) at the bottom of the foot, resulting in stabbing pain. Supportive and cushioning footwear helps. You can get a store-bought or prescription pair of orthotics for your close-toed shoes, but when it comes to flip-flops or in-the-house shoes, you’ll need a style with built-in technology to get a leg up on pain.

Soothe Your Soles

Anatomically contoured footbeds that provide medial and lateral reinforcement; a wide toe box so you can spread your toes wide; and a cradling heel cup to minimize pronation and supination and reduce pressure. LLSOARSS

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Pronation is when your feet roll inward. Supination is when your feet roll outward. Neither one is great! The correct position for your foot is not rolling at all, and the right pair of shoes can help you achieve that perfect, healthy position by keeping your feet in line with your ankles, knees and hips.

Beachy Look

These cuties feature a slight platform, foam padding and a slip-free bottom, and they come in a range of colors, including pink glitter and metallic silver. AEROTHOTIC

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Anything with a slight heel or wedge will automatically help alleviate the pain of plantar fasciitis, and a lot of the bells and whistles of orthopedically sound footwear (e.g. medial arch support) will also help with other common foot issues, like heel spurs, bunions and pain in the balls of the feet.

Leather Lift

This product features a biomechanical footbed and deep heel cup for maximum cushioning, along with an EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) midsole, which helps disperse weight and provide stability. Vionic

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It sounds dramatic, but for someone with plantar fasciitis or other painful foot issues, the right pair of shoes can be life-altering. When you find a pair of thongs that are comfortable and supportive (the ultimate test is whether you can walk for hours, pain-free), buy multiple colors and styles. You can never have too many pairs of a comfy shoe.