Slip into something comfy to cure your ills: From bad knees to poor circulation, there’s a pair of slippers claiming to help. So which are a good fit?

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As the chilly nights come, slippers are essential—and now they claim to come with additional health benefits, from alleviating lower back pain to moisturizing dry skin.

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Mandy Francis asked experts to put some of the latest options through their pace. Then we evaluated them.

heel, knee and back pain

Vionic Relax Slipper

£60, vionicshoes.co.uk

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The Claim: These have a ‘molded, orthotic footbed’ and are designed to reduce over-pronation (where the foot rolls inward) and absorb shock, the manufacturer says.

Expert’s verdict: ‘Wearing structured footwear around the house supports the arches of the feet, which helps reduce traumatic stress injuries like plantar fasciitis. [pain caused by damage to tissue along the bottom of the feet],’ says Gemma Hodgson, podiatrist at The Foot Lab in Glossop, Derbyshire.

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‘Look for a sandal like this one, with a footbed that cups the heel, provides arch support and cushions the toes. This will reduce the risk of heel pain and strain on your ankles, knees, hips and back.

‘The only drawback is that there is nothing behind the heel to hold this sandal in place, so the toes have to work harder to grip, which can put stress on the tendons and joints in the foot.

7/10

Vionic Relax Slipper

Renaud’s

Snugto Funmi Plush Heated Slippers

£25.99, raynaudsdisease.com

Claims : These fleece-lined slippers come with gel pouches that you heat in the microwave or hot water and put in the pocket above. The manufacturer states that it ‘leaches excess heat into the foot’ and that the slippers are ‘recommended for patients with Raynaud’s’.

Expert’s verdict: ‘Raynaud’s is a disorder that affects the small blood vessels in the extremities – when people with Raynaud’s are cold or stressed, it can cause spasms in the blood vessels in their fingers and toes, May change the color of the skin and make them feel. Numb, throbbing or painful,’ says Gemma Hodgson.

‘Slippers with comfy lining like this are ideal for keeping feet warm and at Raynaud’s Bay. But you should always warm up cold feet gradually. Doing so quickly can lead to chilblains, so I’d be cautious about using heat packs here. Wearing thick socks is a safer option.

5/10

Snugto Funmi Plush Heated Slippers

Snugto Funmi Plush Heated Slippers

dry skin

meme moisturizing slippers

£8.44, rosetlavedet.com

The Claim: To relieve dry feet like ‘weak from cancer treatments’ or ‘sensitive or atopic skin,’ these single-use cotton slippers are lined with a serum containing aloe vera, almond oil and mango butter.

The expert’s verdict: ‘Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, and other conditions can leave the skin delicate and dry, especially on the feet, because they support the weight of the body when you walk,’ says Gemma Hodgson.

‘The serums here may be formulated for very sensitive skin, but if you are undergoing treatment for cancer, seek medical advice on any product you wish to apply to your skin, as not all ingredients may be suitable. .

‘Applying a foot cream with a moisturizing compound like urea daily before bed works well for most people. These slippers are expensive and probably not necessary – but a pampering treat.’

4/10

meme moisturizing slippers

meme moisturizing slippers

gout

Bayriver Reflexology Slippers

£25.99, amazon.co.uk

Claims : ‘Therapeutic Acupressure Sleeper with 39 Acupressure “Buttons” [hard, raised nodules set into the footbed], Wear socks for ten to 20 minutes at a time to relieve plantar fasciitis, low back pain, and foot pain caused by arthritis.

Expert Verdict: ‘There is some evidence that reflexology – an alternative therapy that involves massaging pressure points on the feet that are said to correspond to different areas of the body – may help reduce pain,’ says Gemma Hodgson.

‘But I can’t see how these slippers would improve back pain, plantar fasciitis and arthritis – three different conditions. They lack the structured support and cushioning needed for good posture and foot health, and enough nodules on the feet mean that wearing them for a long time can actually lead to foot pain, not comfort.’

0/10

Bayriver Reflexology Slippers

Bayriver Reflexology Slippers

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Rapid Relief Premium Reusable Cool Slippers

£18.85, amazon.co.uk

The claim: ‘Aimed at reducing swelling and easing foot discomfort associated with many health conditions, they can also be used to soothe pain after prolonged standing or wearing uncomfortable shoes.’

Expert’s verdict: ‘Applying a cold compress to the feet can have an anti-inflammatory effect and help reduce swelling and pain from injuries and conditions such as Morton’s neuroma, a persistent pain in the ball of your foot’ ,’ says Gemma Hodgson.

‘A warm compress can help increase blood flow and relax muscle fibers, reducing the pain of arthritis, stiff and sore muscles.

‘But both treatments should only be used with medical advice, as they can be harmful for people with conditions including poor circulation and diabetes. If your pain sensations or healing system are poor you can easily damage the skin.’

4/10

Rapid Relief Premium Reusable Cool Slippers

after exercise

ooh sport slide sandals

£55, oofos.co.uk

The Claim: These are made from a foam that ‘absorbs 37 percent more impact than conventional foam’, have a curved soles and a foot that ‘supports the cradles and arches’.

The expert’s verdict: ‘The molded foam footbed will support the structures of the foot, helping to move it into an optimal position,’ says Sam Singh, consultant orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon at London Bridge Hospital and Lister Hospital, Chelsea.

‘The curved sole will support your gait and take some of the pressure off the ankle joint; And the open structure will allow air to circulate around the feet and help keep them cool and dry after exercise, reducing the risk of any infections.

‘But I’m not sure they’ll speed up the recovery time. A hand-to-foot massage or rolling a tennis ball or frozen bottle of water along the soles of your feet may help to relax…

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