Best thongs with arch support recommended for foot pain

Foot pain

Best arch support thongs for foot pain?

If you suffer from heel pain, foot pain, knee or calf issues, you’ll know all too well how debilitating poor foot support can be. Unfortunately, many common brands of thongs do not accommodate to users with regular foot pain and associated conditions.

When the time comes to select new footwear, your best pathway is to opt for thongs for foot pain that are directly endorsed by podiatrists and physiotherapists. Arch support footwear is also a great alternative for those without existing foot pain and conditions.

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The Importance of Arch Support

Feet are not all the same. On the whole, there are three main arch variations – a normal arch, a flat arch or a high arch. As a result, the level of tailored foot support required will vary from individual to individual.

Proper arch support can have a major impact on your day-to-day life. Arch support is particularly crucial for foot alignment and the reduction of pain or swelling. If your doctor has recommended thongs for foot pain, it is vital that you look for styles that specifically accommodate to your distinct arch support requirements.

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No Compromise on Style

You no longer have to rely on flimsy rubber soles. Over recent years, the orthopaedic footwear industry has taken a number of significant strides. Purpose designed thongs for foot pain not only serve their primary function, but also bring first-class style and comfort.

Numerous men’s and women’s styles now exist that resemble traditional looks, yet feature the added benefits of certified arch support. In addition, the wealth of choices on offer means that you are no longer confined to one or two variations.

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Contoured Footbeds

For extra cushioning and support, you can never go wrong with a contoured footbed. A contoured footbed is an inbuilt curved liner that directly cushions the heel and toes. Many new thongs for foot pain will feature this technology and therefore provide excellent daily support.

Any contoured footbed should match the individual shape and natural arch of your foot. This factor will ultimately influence the thongs that you select. Contoured technology is also excellent for maintaining consistent stability as you walk.

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A Few of the Best

To make your choice a little easier, we have compiled a list of the best podiatrist certified thongs on the market. Read on below for dynamic compilation of men’s and women’s styles.

Women’s Zullaz Range

The women’s Zullaz collection of orthotic thongs features a number of stylish alternatives. Of course, each individual option comes with purpose built qualities well suited to foot pain sufferers. Zullaz flip flops are excellent for foot pain, offering five star treatment on each and every use. You can not only find a tailored option, but also various colours to match your personal preference and style.

Men’s Zullaz Range

The Zullaz range isn’t exclusive to women. For all the men out there with regular foot and leg pain, they too can access 5 star treatment. Fitted with excellent arch support, comfortable materials and contoured footbeds, Zullaz represents the latest in podiatrist recommended technology. Similar to the women’s range, men’s Zullaz footwear is also offered in a diverse set of styles, colours and fabrics. The choice will be all yours.


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Archies Support Thongs:

The Archies support thongs features aim to support the foot in a more biomechanically appropriate position. This means that the stresses and strains that are put on the foot structures are reduced. They have up to 2.2cm of orthotic support and incorporate the same amount of support that you would find from a prefabricated or off the shelf orthotic. Archies have aimed to make their support thongs look as much like normal thongs as possible without compromising on the support for the feet. The Archies support thongs are very comfortable, and made from high quality foam material. Once you get used to them, you will not want to wear any other thongs. They have many colours to choose from.

Birkenstock EVA support thongs

Birkenstock EVA Flip-Flops

In the world of footwear, Birkenstock is synonymous with style and comfort. Their EVA flip flops for foot pain are no different. With contoured technology and flexible insoles, these sandals can be adjusted to the unique shape of your foot. During use, they will also cradle each and every curve across your arches.

Another key feature of these thongs are the cork base/footbed. This base naturally absorbs shock to support everyday movement and ensure comfort at all times.

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Clarks Breeze Sea Flip-Flops

If you prefer a lightweight feel, the Clarks Sea Breeze series will provide everything that you need. Once purchased, you can slide them on and experience the superior grip of a synthetic rubber sole base. Other first-class features include the OrthoLite footbed and ultra-soft textile lining.

Within the market of thongs for foot pain, the Sea Breeze series is perfect for those with sensitive feet and require a nice and soft underfoot feeling.

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Olukai Ohana Flip-Flops

Foot pain can arise at anytime. When the summer hits, foot pain sufferers should still be able to enjoy the beach in style and comfort. This is where Olukai Ohana thongs fill the void perfectly. With water resistance and quick-dry technology included, this supportive footwear allows you to enjoy the outdoors and take your mind off foot pain.

Like the men’s and women’s Zullaz range, Olukai Ohana flip flops come in a wide array of fresh and vibrant summer colours. Don’t bring foot pain with you on your next vacation, opt for premium podiatrist footwear instead.

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Reef Ortho-Bounce Woven Flip-Flops

Reef are a premier Australian brand that specialise in outdoor footwear. In the realm of thongs for foot pain, Reef’s ortho-bounce series are a one of one – a rare combination of function, style and comfort. The woven strap upper is also made from recycled material with vegan leather detailing, making this an excellent ecofriendly option.

Similar to Birkenstock’s ortho sandals, Reef’s woven flip flops are shock absorbent and aid you with each step. The rubber outsole is also fitted with rubber flex grooves that provide extra traction and durability, ensuring that your receive value for money.

Podiatrist recommending arch support thongs

Contact a Professional for Assistance

For a comfortable and fashionable orthotic option, it’s hard to look past leather sandals and thongs. Some of the best leather podiatrist-recommended thongs providers include Archies, Aerothotic, Zullaz, Olukai, Rainbow, Reef and more.

In this context, professional assistance could come from a Podiatrist. Once a recommendation is made, you can then browse all the orthotic thongs on the market and make a purchase that suits your individual needs. Any of the aforementioned options are high-quality and the product of innovative medical design.


Nivi Watson
Experience Guest Blogger 

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    Orthotic Therapy

    Custom orthotics

    What is Orthotic Therapy?

    Orthotic therapy is the use of orthoses, better known as shoe inserts to help improve the way we walk. The purpose of orthotics is to redistribute pressure evenly along the soles of our feet. This is done by providing support to improve the alignment of the foot joints which in turn improve the functioning of our foot and leg muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. They are designed to fit comfortably in your shoes.

    There are many different types of orthotics ranging from prefabricated or off the shelf orthotics, cushioned insoles, semi-custom made orthotics and fully custom made medical orthotics. Orthotics are used as an adjunct to appropriate footwear based on your foot type, soft tissue rehabilitation such as deep connective tissue massage, shockwave therapy, exercises and stretches as necessary depending on your specific foot concern.

    Custom inserts for shoes to heal foot and heel pain

    Different types of Orthotics:

    • 1. Prefabricated orthotics: Prefabs or off the shelf orthotics are pre-made shoe inserts which are a standard one size fits all. The purpose of these types of insoles is to provide gentle support and do not specifically address the individual’s foot concerns. The main purpose of these type of shoe inserts is to provide cushioning and not support.
    • 2. Semi-custom orthotics: Provide specialised support based on the way your feet are shaped. They relieve a reasonable amount of stress points due to your foot posture. The main purpose of semi-custom orthotics are to provide support for the feet.
    • 3. Custom made orthotics: Custom made orthotics are the most medically appropriate and aim to address your specific foot concerns. They provide the exact support and cushioning based on your exact foot and arch shape and contour. They relieve the most precise amount of pressure and stress points due to your foot posture. They aim to to provide the maximum support and cushioning your feet require to help address your specific concerns.
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    Different conditions that can be treated by Orthotics:

    Many conditions and foot concerns may benefit from wearing orthotics. Some of these conditions include:

    • Overuse injuries and pain caused by a flat foot or high arch
    • Plantar fasciitis or heel spurs
    • Intoeing or pigeon toe walk
    • Bursitis
    • Bunions
    • Morton’s Neuroma
    • Diabetes
    • Knee pain
    • Arthritis (both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
    • Painful and reoccurring callus or corns on the soles of your feet

    In most occasions, custom made orthotics can help avoid surgery to fix flat feet. Orthotics can reduce the risk of injuries by 28%, and reduces the risk of stress fractures by 41%.

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    Who can make custom made orthotics?

    Podiatrists are qualified and highly educated in prescribing custom made orthotics appropriate for different foot types and complaints. Each custom made orthotic is different and you will never find two pairs that are identical.

    Custom orthotics may not be appropriate for all individuals or all foot complaints. It is always best to have an initial biomechanical assessment with your Podiatrist to determine which, if any orthotics would better suit your feet and your concern.

    Once you have discussed custom orthotics with your Podiatrist, you will be booked in for another type of assessment which will determine the ‘prescription’ of your orthotics. 3D foot scans will also be taken of both your feet and will be used to make them. Our custom made medical orthotics are Australian made and designed by experienced Podiatrists, so you can be sure you are getting the best in quality and function.


    Dr. Fatima Al-Kathmi (Podiatrist)
    The Foot Force Podiatry.


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