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By Crofton Podiatry
July 13, 2016
Category: Foot Care Tips

Summer is in full swing, and the heat is rising! The thought of wearing socks and any shoes other than flip-flops can make anyone start to sweat. So why not just throw on the pair of flip-flops when running out the door?

Well, the major reason is that flip-flops generally do not have many supportive components. Lacking arch and heel support, you may find your feet becoming tired and your back hurting if you spend a good amount of time walking in flip-flops. It can cause issues such as plantar fasciitis (from straining the tissues to stabilize the feet as you walk), bone problems, hammertoes, and even back issues. Therefore, while flip-flops are great for short distances, such as from the house to the beach or pool, they should not be used for long distance or standing for long periods of time.

At Crofton Podiatry, we recommend the following guidelines for proper summer footwear:

  • Avoid flip-flops, especially if they are cheaply made or give you pain (especially between the toes).

  • If you insist on wearing flip-flops, look for ones with some sort of heel support or heel cup, as well as good cushion.

  • Sandals are the best bet for summer footwear. Find ones that have good support and cushioning. Your feet should not feel cramped or too restricted, and they should not slide around in material that will give you blisters.

  • Children should have shoes that fit them that summer, instead of ones they will “grow into”. It will prevent unnecessary falls or other injuries in the feet or ankles. Water shoes are recommended when going to the beach or waterpark.

Are you suffering from pain or issues from shoes that are not supportive, like flip-flops? Make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office by calling (410) 721-4505. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll and his team will aim to provide the best care for your podiatric needs.




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