All across the nation the weather temperatures are rising, the sun is beaming and more people are wearing sandals. It is hard avoiding wearing sandals all the time. But should you be wearing sandals each hour everyday? Dr. Steinberg does not recommend wearing sandals all the time unless proper arch support is provided.
Here is why: Sandals cause the foot to be unstable. Recent research from Auburn University states that certain sandal types, such as the thong-style sandal, can actual alter your normal gait (or walking cycle). As you can imagine, any alternation to your normal walking will cause strain or pain towards foot, ankle and even leg regions.
One of the most common foot problems with sandals is heel pain. Without proper arch support an individual can develop inflammation of band tissue at the bottom of their feet (plantar fasciitis). Due it the tissue’s origin at the heel, an individual can interpret it as heel pain.
But there are remedies that can be done at Frederick Foot and Ankle Specialists local offices in Frederick, MD and Urbana, MD! Treatments can range from stretching, anti-inflammatory medication, ultrasound, and custom-molded orthotics. Though over-the-counter inserts may alleviate the pain temporarily; it is advised to get custom-molded orthotics, especially if you plan on wearing sandals for long periods of time.
Unfortunately, heel pain isn’t the only thing you should be conserned about in the summer! You should make sure to keep your feet dry and odor-free. It’s our body’s natural response to increase sweating when the heat is increased. So naturally, our feet can tend to get ‘sweatier’. So when you go out to enjoy the weather and plan on wearing close-toed shoes make sure they’re breathable shoes for your feet! And remember to always wash your feet daily and dry them thoroughly before putting any socks (Wick-away moisture socks are ideal!) or shoes.
Summer is a time to have fun and relax a bit, but always mind the condition of your feet! We want you to have many pain-free summers in the future!