Both podiatrists noted that the majority of slippers out there are not ideal for people with plantar fasciitis.
"Slippers, although stylish and comfortable, can completely lack the support your lower extremity requires," says Dr. Rimawi. "This in effect alters your gait and can lead to an array of foot and ankle issues."
One of the most important elements of slippers for plantar fasciitis that both podiatrists recommended is arch support. Oftentimes, people opt for cushioned slippers due to the comfort factor. However, this won't reduce strain on the plantar fascia if it's not also paired with arch and heel support, Dr. Rimawi says.
"Cushioning can be great for comfort," Rimawi explains. "However, it should be noted that support is key. It is the arch and heel support, and not the cushioning, provided by the footwear that is crucial in the prevention of plantar fasciitis."
Dr. Pinker went so far as to say that he often recommends supportive sandals from brands like Vionic and FitFlop instead of slippers. "In general, most slippers are not supportive," Pinker says. "As a general recommendation, well-constructed sandals [...] are helpful choices that can be used as slippers."
To help you connect with the right choices for your feet, I've made a list of the best slippers for plantar fasciitis, all of which have ample arch support, as well as great cushioning to make your feet comfortable.
Several of the selections were specifically recommended by the two podiatrists, and I also included a pair of sandals recommended by Dr. Pinker, in case you decide to heed his advice and avoid slippers altogether. Take a look below to find the option that suits you best.