By now, most of us have heard that wearing stiletto heels are not great for our feet, legs or back. Think it’s safer to go with flats? Perhaps a nice, natural-feeling flip-flop? Sadly, think again.
Podiatrists’ offices are seeing women with foot pain caused by a summer season spent in slides, and flip-flops.
So, look down at your own feet. If you can see your nice, summer nail polish peeking up at you in a pair of flip-flops, you may want to read on.
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Wearing flip-flops for excessive amounts of time could cause temporary or even long-term damage to the musculoskeletal system.
For one thing, flip-flops lack proper arch support, causing your full body weight to exert pressure on the plantar surface of the foot. With time, this may cause widening of the foot and arch collapse.
When the toes crunch up in an effort to grip the front sole of the shoe, this can disrupt the dynamics of the stride, resulting in a shortened stride, with consequences going up the body from the knees, to the hips, to the lower back.
Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis are also possible.
So what does this mean for your summer foot wardrobe? Don’t despair! You can still wear this summer fashion staple – but there are a few recommendations.
Firstly, limit time spent in flip-flops by wearing a variety of different types of shoes.
Secondly, try to avoid walking long distances in flip-flops.
Lastly, choose a flip-flop with good arch support and good cushioning for your sole.
Realize that anything done to excess has the potential to cause problems to your body and, unfortunately, wearing these cool summer shoes are no exception. They represent the extreme of flatness just as stilettos represent the extreme of heights. Both can land you in the podiatrist’s office!
Remember that even pain in your low back can be a sign that your footwear needs a change.
See The Podiatrist for any foot problems.
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Secrets for choosing jandals that look and feel great- especially if you are going away to the Isalnds for the holidays or heading to the Northern Hemisphere.
Let’s face it – jandals are mainstream, and not just because they’re stylish, easy-to-wear and cooler when the weather warms. For many of us, jandals are the equivalent of comfort-food for the sole. Slip into those comfy, light, lovely shoes.
Yet if you’re prone to foot problems or concerned with overall foot health, you may shy away from one of summer’s great joys, believing jandals aren’t good for your feet.
Non-supportive jandals cause a common foot injury known as plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot and the heel. Jandals leave feet prone to common muscle overuse injuries, which can be easily prevented with the right footwear.
The good news is, you can wear jandals-even if you never thought you could. It is possible to find stylish, good-looking varieties that feel great and are healthful for your feet. Here are some tips:
* Look for shoes that promotes good foot health. Footwear like the Vasyli Jandal.
* Choose a jandal that bends only at the ball of the foot. You shouldn’t be able to bend your jandal in half. Footwear
* Look for a jandal made of high-quality, soft leather for the thong and a sturdy, comfortable, supportive base.
* Choose jandals in the correct size so your toes or heels don’t hang off the edge of the sole.
* Replace last year’s worn jandals if they show signs of wear. Cracked or frayed shoes may cause foot irritation and provide inadequate support.
* Wear your supportive jandals and stylish, comfortable sandals at the pool, beach or for a fun evening dining al fresco. Save them for another time if you’re planning on doing yard work, playing sports or will be walking for a long time. Athletic shoes or supportive sandals make better choices for those occasions.
To maintain your foot health, visit The Podiatrist: www.thepodiatrist.co.nz