Can wearing flip-flops cause heel pain?

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis, involves the thick band of tissue that runs from your heel, along the bottom of your arch to your toes. It is called the plantar fascia and it supports the arch of your foot. It is designed to withstand a great amount of pressure but repeated stress can cause it to become stretched, torn and inflamed. This is what is then called plantar fasciitis.

Are my flip-flops the cause of my heel pain?

There are many factors that contribute to this painful condition and flip-flops can be a culprit. Normal footwear has a good amount of cushioning and often a raised insole that supports the arch. Flip-flops are usually a flat pieces of foam or rubber that provide little to no support for your feet. The impact on your feet with each step in flip flops can lead to plantar fasciitis or worsen an existing condition.

If a summer of wearing flip-flops has brought on intense heel and arch pain, you may have already fallen victim to plantar fasciitis. Dr. Danciger, podiatrist in Coachella Valley, can provide excellent treatment options to help you find relief. Call our office today at (760) 568 0108 to make an appointment or schedule an appointment with Dr. Danciger online.

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle