Your Best Feet Forward

Flip-flops are no longer just a sandal for wearing on the beach or at the pool. Women have taken to wearing them all day…every day…and their feet are shouting “help!” Although flip-flops come in every color and design imaginable, they have no arch support and offer no stability for the foot. This causes abnormal strain on the band of tissue that extends from the heel to the base of the toes and results in a condition known as plantar fascitis or heel pain.

Flip-flops don’t have to be banned entirely but should be worn only some of the time. Supportive athletic shoes or sport sandals as the mainstay of the summer footwear menu will go a long way toward keeping your feet healthy and pain free all season long.

Joseph Ripepi, DPM

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