*Based on a peer-reviewed clinical study partially funded by Vionic on people experiencing moderate, non-traumatic heel pain. Vionic contoured sandals were shown to be comparable in effectiveness to Vionic orthotic inserts.
A recently released peer-reviewed study reveals that Vionic contoured sandals are comparable in effectiveness to our best-selling pre-fabricated orthotics in the short-term treatment of heel pain. The same study also shows that Vionic contoured sandals offer more effective relief for heel pain sufferers than standard flat flip flops. The results of this groundbreaking study show that Vionic sandals effectively alleviate heel pain.
The 150-person study targeted heel pain sufferers averaging over the age of 50. After a trial period of 12 weeks, results showed that patients wearing the Vionic contoured sandal were 68% more likely to report improvement in symptoms when compared to those wearing flat flip flops. Results also showed that the contoured sandal provided similar relief to Vionic's best-selling orthotic inserts in alleviating heel pain.
Often, patients suffering from chronic heel pain are told that traditional non-supportive sandals are not a suitable option because they can't accommodate an orthotic insert, which is often prescribed to mitigate the effects of this condition. - Tom McPoil, professor of physical therapy at Denver's Regis University
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These findings are significant because healthcare professionals can have confidence in supporting a patient's decision to wear contoured sandals or in-shoe orthoses as one of the first and simple strategies to manage their heel pain. - Tom McPoil
According to the study, plantar heel pain is estimated to affect one in ten people over the course of a lifetime, and costs a quarter of a billion dollars to treat annually in the United States alone. APMA statistics on heel pain offer an even higher estimate. This kind of pain is often felt on the first step out of bed in the morning or after a long period of sitting, and can be exacerbated by bodily changes like weight gain or chronic strain on the feet.