Plantar fasciitis, that unwelcome, annoying, and all-too-common foot malady that causes severe heel pain, can sure bring your active lifestyle to a screeching halt in a hurry. One day you’re walking the beach in a pair of flip flops without a care in the world while enjoying your vacation. By the next day, your heels hurt so much when you stand up and walk that you resign yourself to sitting in one spot all day reading a book. This isn’t exactly how you envisioned your vacation.
What is Plantar Fasciitis, Anyway?
You already know the most basic thing about plantar fasciitis, which is that it can cause intense pain in the heel area. To understand how people develop plantar fasciitis in the first place, you first need basic knowledge about the anatomy of the foot. Your plantar fascia is a thick, interconnected set of ligaments that make it possible for you to walk by providing support to the arch of your foot. If you could view the ligaments inside of your foot, they would probably remind you of a spider web.
When your plantar fascia is behaving as it should, it acts as a shock absorber so every step you take doesn’t cause you intense pain. Like every other part of the body, it can malfunction when subjected to a lot of wear and tear and cause the condition known as plantar fasciitis. This tears the ligaments in your heel, something that doesn’t sound pleasant at all. That leads to inflammation and eventual pain and stiffness in the heel if you do so much as try to stand up from a seated position.
How to Know When You Have Plantar Fasciitis
Most people with this condition experience shooting or aching pain in one or both of their heels. For a smaller percentage, the pain shows up in the arch in the middle of the foot. If you develop this condition, you will know it when you first put your feet on the ground after getting out of bed in the morning. That is because the pain of plantar fasciitis is typically strongest after you have rested for the past eight hours.
A reminder that you have plantar fasciitis will also come when you try to climb stairs or when you get up after having sat at your desk for the past few hours. After your first few painful steps, the pain usually goes away until you sit down again and your heels start throbbing or burning.
Are Flip Flops a Thing of the Past for You?
Flip flops tend to be the shoe of choice for people who enjoy an active lifestyle, including those who travel frequently. If you suddenly have plantar fasciitis, you may wonder if you will ever be able to wear a pair of flip flops again. You certainly will when you’re a customer of Savanna Sandals. This is due to the design process we chose for this casual type of shoe.
Although not designed with the pain of plantar fasciitis in mind, our flip flops provide ample shock absorption and mold to support the shape of your foot with wear. These two factors can make a big difference in your ability to wear a pair of flip flops after you have developed plantar fasciitis.
Sustainable Flip Flops? Yes.
Our flip flops are comfortable, but they are so much more than that. We create them using recycled materials such as tires and plastic, which means they are biodegradable when your years of wearing a pair of Savanna Sandals comes to an end. Since we all live on this planet together, we figure this is the least we can do to make sure it stays as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Whether you have plantar fasciitis or not, you contribute to our cause every time you buy a pair of flip flops from our company.