Upgrade Your Summer Footwear
Flip-flops are the favorite shoes of many patients, especially during the summer season. At FL Foot Health, however, we know that these shoes can cause a great deal of harm to your feet if worn on a daily basis. Shoes that have good arch support, cushioned soles and structure that protects your feet and holds them firmly in place are essential for avoiding foot pain and injury. Unfortunately, traditional flip-flops have none of these.
Flip-flop wearers are at an increased risk for many foot problems, including:
Cuts and scrapes
Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice ease of wear or open shoe styles to protect your feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) offers a website where you can find podiatrist-approved footwear: https://www.apma.org/Patients/CompanyList.cfm?navItemNumber=544. Below are a few styles to try.
New and Improved Flip-Flops
Some companies, recognizing the great appeal of flip-flops, have made improvements in design to help eliminate some of the harmful issues. Look for brands that have built up arch support and contoured footbeds. A few brands that are doing this are OluKai, Fit Flops and Vionic.
Sandals with Support
Other styles that score highly with foot doctors include:
Therafit EVA Women’s Leather Adjustable Strap Slip-on Sandal—these sandals can actually help relieve arch pain, heel pain, plantar fasciitis and pronation issues. And they look great! Deep heel cups, adjustable cushion and shock absorbing midsoles combine with a contoured footbed and arch support for a sandal you won’t want to take off.
Birkenstock Arizona Sandals—this unisex design features a footbed made of latex and cork which molds to the shape of your foot, essentially creating a custom footbed. They also offer excellent arch support and a sole tread that provides great traction on all surfaces.
Finn Comfort Sansibar—these shoes are so attractive you’d want to wear them even if they weren’t good for your feet—but they are. A footbed made of resilient material reduces fatigue by allowing for even distribution of weight over your entire foot. A perforated leather upper allows for air circulation and helps keep feet dry.
Talk to your podiatrist about the best shoe styles for your feet. Need to find a podiatrist? We can help with our online directory. Contact us for more information on the best ways to keep your feet healthy.