Posts for tag: Flip Flops

By Nrupa Shah
July 29, 2015
Category: Footwear

Many people have experienced the detrimental effects that a bad pair of shoes can have on one’s health. After a day of wearing a bad pair of shoes one might complain of various pains throughout their body such as in the arch of their foot, their heel, ankle, knees, lower back, and even headaches in some extreme cases. Summer time is notoriously known as being a season for wearing poorly supporting footwear in the form of flip-flops and sandals. While sandals and flip-flops may seem fashionable and comfortable to wear in the summer, they don’t provide much support or protection for your feet. Wearing sandals or flip-flops for short periods while at the beach is okay but if you are planning to walk long distances or do any type of work then it would be a wise idea to change into something more supportive for your feet. Due to the lack of support flip-flops and sandals offer, wearing them for long period’s time will put tremendous stress on your feet which can lead to or exacerbate several foot deformities.

While the list of foot problems caused by poor footwear is a long one, some of the more common conditions include plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammer toes, heel pain, and a whole host of others. With the various styles and types of shoes available, one may be wondering how they should go about picking out a shoe in order to prevent any foot pain or foot deformities. While each individual is going to require a slightly different style of shoe, there are things to look for in a shoe. First off, you want to select a shoe the matches the shape of your foot. Some people have wide feet, others have narrow feet. Some people have straight feet, and some have feet that look curved from above. Second, you want a shoe that is properly fitted for your foot. Make sure to measure the length and width of your foot each time before buying a new pair of shoes. You also want a shoe with just the right amount of arch support because the arch of your foot is where most of the shock absorption occurs so you want that area well supported. You’ll want a shoe with a good broad based heel no more than one and a half inches thick. Finally you want to make sure the shoe has an appropriately sized toe box (the part of the shoe that houses the toes) so that your toes aren’t crushed together or rubbing on the top and that there is at least a half inch of space between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.

While these are some the basic things to consider when selecting a shoe, one may need to consider other factors as well such as any foot deformities, type of work they will be performing in them, and also medical conditions such as diabetes. If you would like to discuss your footwear with a podiatrist or would like more information about selecting a shoe that’s right for you please make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ.

Nrupa Shah