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Posts for: July, 2017

If you're lucky enough to be basking in the sun right now, the chances are high that you are wearing some type of summer footwear. However, the problem with many flip-flops, sandals and other open-toed shoes is that they are quite flimsy, don't offer good arch support and are usually made for occasional wear rather than everyday wear. As a result, your favorite summer footwear could be causing you problems such as ligament damage and stress fractures.

What You Can Do to Help Your Feet

One of the biggest problems with summer shoes, and most shoes in general, is that they are designed for fashion first and comfort second. Those sandals may look cute, but could be more trouble than they are worth.

The good news is that you can still look good during the summer months while also looking after your feet. Here's how:

  • Buy the right size -- Cramming your feet into strappy sandals that are too small is a recipe for blisters and pain. Choosing sandals that are too big will also produce blisters and cause you to use your toes to grip onto the shoe as you walk along. After a few hours you'll start to feel pain in the bones and joints of your feet as they come under more and more stress.

  • Always go for good arch support -- Slingbacks, ballet flats, sandals, flip-flops and wedges are designed to look good, but aren't designed to be supportive while you are walking. Spending the entire day in this type of footwear can lead to tired legs, arch cramps, sore backs and muscle fatigue. Finding good quality summer footwear with arch support can help to reduce these common foot problems.

  • Know your own feet -- Only you truly know your own feet and what shoes you are most comfortable in, but there are some rules that will help you to avoid some common foot ailments. If you have flat feet, for example, shoes without adequate arch support could cause severe leg fatigue and painful muscle spasms. For the fashion-conscious, shoes that look good but are too small have the potential to ruin your day, while straps that are too tight can cause calluses, corns and blisters. If you really want to wear flip-flops, wear a style with arch support and a slightly raised heel.

Speak to Our Experts

If you are looking for help choosing the right summer footwear, or if you have a foot problem you need assistance with, we would be delighted to help. You can contact our office or request an appointment through our website at fleishmandpm.com.