1. Plantar Fasciitis

Did you know 1 in 10 people suffer from Plantar Fasciitis?!

The plantar fascia is a piece of strong and thick tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the toes, creating the foot’s arch. Plantar Faciitis is inflammation for the plantar fascia, either through overstretching, overuse or a medical condition.

If you or someone you know suffers from Plantar Fasciitis we highly recommend you give Slappa’s Thongs a go.

High arches is a common contributor to Plantar Fasciitis, Slappa’s offer great arch support, made out of material that moulds to your feet for that perfect fit.

A good tip for Plantar Fasciitis sufferers is to leave your Slappa’s next to your bed at night so they are the first thing you put on your feet in the morning. This will help protect the ligaments and tendons from stretching which is how PF starts.

“I wear Slappa’s every day of the year. I have Plantar Fasciitis and Slappa’s are the only shoe/thong that gives me relief. I just love them!” – Jen

2. Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes. Morton’s neuroma may feel as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a fold in your sock.

Slappa’s Thongs provide great support for your feet and can help relieve the pain and tingling that Morton’s Neuroma sufferers battle with. Wearing normal shoes will put extra pressure on your feet and don’t leave enough room for your toes to stretch out like they should. 

“Mortons neuroma and Friberg Disease are painful. I’ve been wearing my Slappa’s and they are so comfortable. Today I actually stopped and thought “wow. I have no pain at all”. First day in a long time.” – Mrs White

Slappa’s Thongs can be a great help for Morton’s Neuroma

3. Arthritis

Arthritis is a medical condition that damages the body’s joints, causing discomfort and pain. It can range from mild to severe and can affect people of all ages.

According to our stockist, My Podiatrist, pain from arthritis may change the way you walk, making you more susceptible to other conditions such as bunions.

Slappa’s Thongs are designed to increase comfort and add stability – as well as decrease pressure on overworked joints and muscles. Many of our customers have reported a noticeable reduction in arthritis-caused pain by wearing our arch support flip flops.

“I wear Slappa’s Thongs all day every day except for work with socks in winter! They are the best thongs for Osteo, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Plantar Fasciitis!” – Sharon

4. Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis, also known as Achilles tendonitis, is inflammation of the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to the back of your heel bone. It allows extension of your foot downward, away from your body, which lets your heel lift off the ground as you move forward when walking.

“This pair was for my husband. I have 3 pairs and have introduced Slappa Thongs to members of my family who all love them. I have Achilles Tendinitis and wearing Slappas has improved my life considerably” – Christine

5. Complex Regional Pain

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a painful condition of a person’s arm, hand, leg or foot, which occurs after an injury, such as a fracture. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and may last months or years. Most people recover fully, but the condition can recur and for a small group of people with CRPS, symptoms may be severe and persist for years. Females are three times more likely to be affected than males.

“I have complex regional pain syndrome in my right foot tried every other thong on the market Slappa’s has given me hope once again in wearing a thong thank you so much.” – Colin

6. Diabetic Neuropathy

We do have quite a few customers with diabetic neuropathy and our podiatrists that stock our product also recommend it for this condition due to the arch support. The raised ridges around our thongs are especially good for protection also. 

Myra had to have her toe amputated due to diabetes. She’s so glad she found Slappa’s as now she can wear thongs to the beach again <3

7. Back Pain

Our stockist, Sole Therapy, says in their guest blog here that there are several ways that lower back pain can impact the foot. Nerve root issues in the lower back such as bulging discs or compressed nerves can radiate along the sciatic nerve and into the foot. Differences in hip levels can contribute to foot pain through jarring in the joints or increased pressures when the foot lands.

On Slappa’s Thongs you’ll find the heel is higher than the toe area which is good for alignment, good posture, good for back, knees and Sciatica.

“I first purchased my Slappa’s a few years ago after seeing them at markets in Darwin. I’ve suffered with PF for years and had instant relief. My last purchase was for my husband… he found his back pain has disappeared since becoming a convert. Can’t recommend highly enough!” – Deb

8. Recovering From Fractures/Sprains

Broken bones (also called fractures) in the foot are very common. Feet are very vulnerable to slipping and twisting. Our feet and toes lead us around when we walk and are on the receiving end of dropped objects. About one out of every 10 broken bones occurs in the foot.

Our stockist, Lara Physiotherapy, says recovery time after an ankle sprain or fracture will depend on the severity of your injury and can be anywhere between 3-12 weeks. A health professional will be able to identify the severity of your ankle sprain, screen for a fracture and provide you with expected recovery time. They will progress you through the rehabilitation process, reducing your risk of ongoing instability, pain and spraining your ankle again.

Wearing a Slappa’s Thong on your non-injured foot can help with alignment

If you’re given crutches or advised to wear a “moonboot” wearing a Slappa’s Thong on your non-injured foot can help with alignment while your foot/ankle heals. You’ll also find Slappa’s are one of the easiest footwear to get your foot into and provide the most support when you are able to walk on your injured foot again.

“Stability for previous fractures to both ankles and being classed as legally blind they allow me to feel safely supported thank you!!”Denise

9. Foot, Knee and Back Issues During Pregnancy

Alice Thorn an Acupuncture and Physiotherapist from Darwin says of our product;

In my profession as a physiotherapist, I am concerned about the “foundation” of my patients. In other words their feet, the arches and the surface on which they stand and walk. Slappa’s Thongs are ideal in the tropics where many people walk barefooted on tiles in the heat. Collapsed arches are very common under these environmental conditions and many patients complain of foot pain from the hard tiles.

Slappa’s Thongs are soft yet supportive of both the medial and transverse foot arches. The outer raised edge of the Slappas thongs keeps the foot exactly where the arch support is required.

“I personally undertook rigorous testing to make sure the product delivered on their claims and I now recommend her thongs to most of my patients who include pregnant women and patients with foot, knee and back issues.” – Alice