Summer Shoes and Protection for Your Feet
With summer approaching rapidly in Georgia, many out there are shedding their shoes in favor of the light and airy flip-flops. However, please be aware that they could be negatively affecting your foot health and not providing protection for your feet.
Besides being thin and flexible, the design of flip-flops offers absolutely no arch support. With that being said, this can lead to significant arch pain, heel pain as well as plantar fasciitis. Furthermore, this lack of support can rapidly exacerbate any existing foot deformities like bunions as well as limiting the motion of the first joint (hallux limitus). Due to its design, they will become more pronounced when the feet are turning outward at the ankle (pronate) due to lack of support.
Flip-Flops Offer Poor Protection for Your Feet
On flip-flops, the feet struggle to keep them on due to a thin strap holding attached to your foot. This attempt is made by flexing the toes to prevent the flip-flop from falling off. Besides being extremely uncomfortable, it can worsen toes that are already contracted (hammertoes).
Besides the above mentioned concerns, there is no protection in place for other injuries including cuts or bruises as well as exposure to different forms of bacteria. This is especially critical for those suffering with diabetes, who are prone to even minor wounds quickly turning into serious infections. If you are experiencing any pain associated with your feet, please seek treatment immediately.
What Summer Shoes to Wear to Offer Protection for Your Feet
The question remains as what to wear in the summer that is comfortable and provides adequate protection. It is advisable to purchase a sandal with some type of back and supportive straps that will adequately cover the top of the foot. They should provide good arch support and limited flexibility in the sole. If you are able to bend the sole in half, it is much too flexible! With comfortable, supported feet, you will be on your way to an enjoyable summer wherever you might be. It is important to remember that protection for your feet can help prevent diseases or infections.
What are some of your favorite summer shoes that provide protection for your feet?