Ball of foot pain can be a troubling problem. Since pressure on this area of the foot can cause soreness, having proper footwear can help speed the healing process. If your favorite pair of shoes is flip flops (or if you’re a snowbird who goes to places like Phoenix or Palm Springs in the winter months), wearing a podiatrist recommended flip flop gives your arches extra support.

Pain in the ball of the foot is usually related to one or more of the following conditions:

  • Metatarsalgia: Pain under the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th toes or isolated under the big toe
  • Neuroma: Shooting, stabbing, radiating pain, or an odd feeling under the 3rd and 4th toes
  • Sesamoiditis: Inflammation below the big toe from tendons that are irritated and overused
  • Callus: Hard, bumpy skin that forms when friction or pressure is applied (calluses are also common on the tops of toes)

A podiatrist recommended flip flop helps to stabilize and support the foot to decrease the pressure that causes pain. In addition, if you have pain in your feet, ankles or knees as you walk, reducing the stress on the foot area can realign the body. While wearing shoes gives your feet the most support, if you’re going to wear sandals, choose ones with built-in orthotics, such as the Orthoheel Kiwi Slide sandal or any of the Orthaheel flip flop styles.

The Orthoheel Kiwi Slide sandal is a flip flop without the confines of a toe strap. People with sensitive feet will appreciate a sandal that has an adjustable, padded upper strap and the comfort of orthotics in a very breathable shoe. Our patients tell us they love this sporty flip flop and look forward to slipping it on their feet.

The extra cushioning is also good for reducing heel pain, big toe joint pain, tendonitis and overall tired feet.

View podiatrist recommended Flip Flops for men and women

Dr. Douglas S. Hale

Dr. Douglas S. Hale

Specialist in foot and ankle biomechanics/orthotics and reconstructive surgery at Foot and Ankle Center of Washington
Douglas S. Hale, DPM, is an advisor for the International Foot & Ankle Foundation for Education and Research. He graduated with honors from both Tulane University School of Engineering and the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. His engineering background gives him a unique perspective treating your problem biomechanically or surgically and believes in doing what is best for your medical condition. If all options for treating your problem “biomechanically” are exhausted, he provides the same level of capability and experience with surgical solutions.
Dr. Douglas S. Hale

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