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Combat Foot Pain: Choose the Right Shoe
By Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland
October 13, 2014
Category: Podiatry
It’s summertime, and the livin’ is certainly a whole lot easier with this gorgeous weather we’re having. We’ve braved yet another cold winter to finally bask in the reward of summer’s glorious warm rays. While shorts and tanks have replaced the scarves and coats in your world, it’s time to consider your feet when switching out your seasonal wardrobe.
While it’s definitely the time to wear open-toed shoes and let your feet free, you want to make sure that your summer shoes won’t cause you foot problems. Here are just some popular summer styles that are probably in your closet and could potentially be the reason for current or future foot pain.

Flip-flopswoman experiencing foot pain

There’s definitely a time and a place for flip-flops. If you’re enjoying a day at the beach or chilling at your local pool, flip-flops can be great. But if you plan to do any extensive walking, then it’s time to pull out a more supportive pair of shoes. This goes for both guys and gals!
Flip-flops provide no arch support or heel cushioning, which can make a walk in the park anything but. If you must free your toes this summer, consider toning-style flip-flops that provide a thicker sole. While there’s no proof that they will stave off all foot pain, the extra cushioning will offer better support than your regular part of flip-flops.

Ballet flats

WebMD reports that wearing ballet flats is similar to walking on cardboard (yikes!). This can most certainly cause a painful flare-up of plantar fasciitis. If you can’t tear yourself away from your adorable ballet flats, then buy shoe inserts at your local pharmacy. However, these inserts aren’t miracle workers, so we don’t recommend wearing this shoe style very often.

Platform wedges

Of course those platform wedge sandals look great with your sundress; however, they don’t look so great for the health of your feet. The shoe style’s foot beds have no give, which can make walking properly a major challenge. If you just can’t part with this summer shoe style, then consider getting the same style just with less of a heel. This will at least take some strain off your feet this season.
If you’re a resident of Silver Spring and are experiencing foot pain or you’re interested in finding out how custom orthotics could make walking easier on your foot problems, then call us at (301) 439-0300. We would be happy to check the health of your feet and get you back up and moving.