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Are your flip-flops harming your foot health?

 

The wrong footwear is often the chief cause of foot pain, and many types of flip-flops can cause foot problems due to lack of support and other factors.

The wrong flip-flops can leave you vulnerable to sprained ankles, ligament injuries, and a higher incidence of cuts, scrapes, and stubbed toes.

During the warmer months of the year, many podiatrists treat a greater number of foot problems that can be traced back to wearing flip-flops. However, people don’t have to give up wearing this type of footwear altogether. There are certain types of flip-flops that offer a superior amount of stability and support than others.”

Enhanced Biomechanical Function.

Vasyli Jandals help restore natural foot function. Our feet were designed to walk on soft, natural surfaces like soil and sand. Today we walk on hard, unnatural “man made” surfaces. The loss of our “Footprint” causes our feet to compensate unnaturally by rolling in (over pronation).

Over pronation can lead to a number of common lower limb biomechanical conditions. Vasyli’s clinically tested and patented Orthotic technology – now available in the Vasyli Medical sandal – is designed to control over-pronation. This allows our feet, lower limbs and overall posture to function as nature intended.

The 1ST MPJ drop zone has been incorporated into the plantar outsole. This allows the softer density midsole to depress under load from the 1ST MPJ. The drop zone is undetectable from the dorsal surface eliminating any look or feel of a modified foot bed.

The Vasyli Medical sandal is both stylish and functional with patented foot bed technology designed to enhance foot function. The contoured foot bed helps control over pronation– rolling in of the foot – maintaining control and alignment which in turn helps improve overall posture, and treat common lower limb complaints. The unique 1ST ray plantarflexor technology enhances gait function by improving the mobility of the great toe, an essential element in human mobility.

5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts to avoid a flip-flop fiasco.

5 Flip-flop Do’s:

  1. Do gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring it bends at the ball of the foot. Shoes of any kind should never fold in half.
  2. Do wear a sturdy pair of flip-flops when walking around a public pool, at the beach, in hotel rooms and in locker room areas. Walking barefoot can expose foot soles to plantar warts and athlete’s foot.
  3. Do ensure that your foot doesn’t hang off of the edge of the flip-flop.
  4. Do shop for a flip-flop made of high-quality, soft leather. Leather minimizes the potential for blisters and other types of irritation.
  5. Do look for flip-flops that hold a seal of Acceptance. Evaluated by a team of  podiatrists, these products are shown to allow for the most normal foot function and promote quality health.

5 Flip-flop Don’ts:

  1. Don’t re-wear flip-flops year after year. Inspect older pairs for wear. If they show signs of severe wear, discard them.
  2. Don’t ignore irritation between toes, where the toe thong fits. This can lead to blisters and possible infections.
  3. Don’t wear flip-flops while walking long distances. Even the sturdiest flip-flops offer little in terms of shock absorption and arch support.
  4. Don’t do yard work while wearing flip-flops. Always wear a shoe that fully protects feet when doing outside activities such as mowing the lawn or using a weed-eater.
  5. Don’t play sports in flip-flops. This practice can lead to twisting of the foot or ankle, as well as sprains and breaks.
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Your feet – Bunions

Definition

A bunion is an abnormal, bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. Your big toe joint becomes enlarged, forcing the toe to crowd against your other toes. This puts pressure on your big toe joint, pushing it outward beyond the normal profile of your foot, and resulting in pain. Bunions can also occur on the joint of your little toe (bunionette).

Bunions can occur for a number of reasons, but a common cause is wearing shoes that fit too tightly. They can also develop as a result of inherited structural defect, injury, stress on your foot or another medical condition.

Often, treatment involves conservative steps that may include changing your shoes, padding your bunion and wearing shoe inserts. Severe cases of bunions may require surgery to relieve the pain.

Your feet – Hammer / Mallet Toes

Definition

A hammertoe is a toe that’s curled due to a bend in the middle joint of a toe. Mallet toe is similar, but affects the upper joint of a toe. Otherwise, any differences between hammertoe and mallet toe are subtle.

Both hammertoe and mallet toe are commonly caused by shoes that are too short or heels that are too high. Under these conditions, your toe may be forced against the front of your shoe, resulting in an unnatural bending of your toe and a hammer-like or claw-like appearance.

Relieving the pain and pressure of hammertoe and mallet toe may involve changing your footwear and wearing shoe inserts. If you have a more severe case of hammertoe or mallet toe, you may need surgery to experience relief.