Well guys, SPRING IS HERE! Words we all weren't sure were coming! The sun is shining, there's a warm breeze out and we have been inside all winter long! All winter we have been wearing boots and layers and our feet have barely seen the sunshine! So of course the first thing many of us are reaching for are our SANDALS!!!
Hmmm... Sandals! Just the idea of wearing sandals sounds like a dream right now. But did you know that the sandals that you pick can mean the difference between a great fun filled summer and a devastatingly painful summer!
Every Monday morning in the spring and summer our phones are ringing with emergency patients. The common complaints? Heel pain, tendonitis, and tenderness/pain. What do all of these patients have in common? They were out all weekend enjoying the weather in flip flops! Now, I'm not saying all flip flops are bad, but if you fall into the large majority, your flip flops probably have little cushion, little to no support, and are poorly fitted. I bet many of you are thinking "GUILTY" at this moment!
Plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and stress fractures are just a few ailments that can be triggered from poor foot wear! Therefore, before you buy your next summer sandal make sure you look for a sandal with:
- A thicker soul
- Good arch support
- Straps that prevent slips and falls
That doesn't mean you have to throw out your flip flops, but save those for your short walks from the lounge chair to the pool! Enjoy the good weather! And don't forget, if you have any questions or any pain, call your podiatrist!