Summer is in full swing, and a lot of people are breaking out their sandals, even if it’s just for around the house or a daily walk! While sandals are fun and allow your feet to cool off, there are risks associated with wearing them. Sandals can actually damage your feet. Our podiatrists in Milwaukee explain the possible injuries when wearing flip-flops so you can understand the risk.
How Sandals Can Hurt Your Feet
You may be understandably eager to simply let your feet breathe, even if it’s just around the house, but wearing sandals can lead to a painful foot injury. Sandals can cause pain in your heel, arches, or toes. The design of the sandal is the root of the risk – your feet and toes are trying too hard to hold on to the shoe’s strap, putting a strain on the tendons and muscles in your feet and toes as you walk.
Sandals also lack arch and heel support; both factors lead to developing strain-related foot problems.
What Foot Problems Do Sandals Cause?
Foot problems that can result from regularly wearing unsupportive include:
- Hammertoes (caused by your toes gripping on to the strap)
- Plantar fasciitis, which causes pain in the arch of the foot
- Tendinitis and resulting inflammation
- Heel pain
These issues may worsen gradually or occur suddenly, depending on how often you wear sandals and the shape of them.
How To Prevent Foot Injuries
The worst sandal style for your foot is completely flat flip-flops with only one strap between the first and second toe. It is best to avoid these and opt for other sandal options if you still want to let your feet go free. Look for sandals with wide straps, heel straps, and a comfortable supportive sole. Ergonomic sandals can help you avoid injury and future foot problems!
Contact Our Podiatrists in Milwaukee For More Information!
To find out more, contact us at 414-246-9634. Our friendly team will answer any questions you may have about foot care or scheduling a consultation.