SPRINGTIME BRINGS WARM WEATHER, AND WHILE YOUR SANDALS AND REGULAR PEDICURES SEEM LIKE A WELCOME TREAT AFTER A LONG WINTER, THEY MAY POSE MORE PROBLEMS THAN YOU REALISE.
Warm weather is a great excuse to show off your feet and polished toes, but flimsy flip-flops are one of the common causes of heel pain. Heel pain can seriously impact your day-to-day life, and if your pedicure isn’t done properly, it can lead to serious foot problems like ingrown toe-nails and foot fungus.
Heel pain, ingrown toenails, and foot fungus are not problems you don’t want to deal with in the midst of parties, weddings, and vacations. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent these common aliments so you can enjoy a foot-pain-free summer.
Start with your shoes! To avoid heel pain and other foot problems, follow these tips when purchasing your next pair of summer footwear:
- WEDGES AND ESPADRILLES
Problem: Ankle twist or sprain; instability and difficulty walking.
Solution: Try a wider, flatter wedge; look for a rubber sole with good traction.
- PEEP-TOE SANDALS
Problem: Increased pressure on toes, bunions, and hammertoes.
Solution: Wear only for short periods of time; use a specialist approved orthotic.
- FLATS AND SLIDES
Problem: Arch and heel pain; inadequate cushioning and foot support.
Solution: Avoid prolonged wear; try cushioned inserts for shock absorption; select a sole that doesn’t twist excessively.
- PLATFORM HEELS AND HIGH HEELS
Problem: Pain in the ball of the foot; ankle injuries.
Solution: Wear lower, more stable heels (two inches or under); use a podiatrist approved orthotic.
- GLADIATOR AND STRAPPY SANDALS
Problem: Irritation between toes; callous and dead skin build-up around heels; lack of support and shock absorption.
Solution: Select natural materials such as soft, supple leather; ensure proper fit with no toes or heels hanging off the edge.