It’s that time of year again, and our Plano, TX, podiatrist knows that you are probably happily digging through closets to pull out last year’s sandals. Before you slip on those old flip-flops, however, Dallas Podiatry Works has some tips about sensible sandals wear this season.
Most people hold on to their old pairs of flip-flops way beyond their intended “shelf life.” Can you bend your pair of sandals in half? If so, it’s time to shop for new ones. While your sandals need to be flexible, we suggest looking for a pair that have a slight heel or wedge to provide some much needed support for the muscles and tendons in your feet and ankle.
While sandals are available in every color and can be adorned with accessories like sequins, fur, feathers, and sparkling “jewels,” we recommend going for a high quality sandals to avoid unnecessary blisters. In addition, an inexpensive plastic strap or shoe material may end up digging into your toes or heel and cause uncomfortable irritation.
If sandals will be your main type of footwear this season, a good fit is also important. Make sure your heel doesn’t hang off the back, but be sure to leave some extra wiggle room as your feet may swell in hot weather.
(Fashion tip note – Do you like to wear socks with your sandals? That falls under the “Don’t” column!)
Don’t risk accident or injury to your feet, cautions our Plano, TX, podiatrist. It is important to wear closed shoes when you are doing any yard work, especially when you are operating equipment like a lawnmower, trimmer, or leaf blower. In addition, if you are participating in any sporting activities, a closed shoe offers more support than a flimsy sandal to prevent a painful ankle turn – and the end to your backyard badminton tournament!
Wearing sandals in wet areas like around pools or locker rooms is a good way to help you avoid plantar wars and athlete’s foot.
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The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Dallas Podiatry Works, with a convenient podiatry office near Plano, TX, by clicking here or by calling 972.947.9968.
I had a problem with my ankle and called the office to see about getting an appointment sometime this week. I was thoroughly pleased when they were able to work me into their busy schedule on the same day !!! Thank you to the staff and Dr. Northcutt.*
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.*
I was fortunate to happen upon Dallas Podiatry Works, where I got Dr. Northcutt to help me. Can’t say enough good about him: he was nice, kind, and a good listener. That last is a particularly important trait. My foot got better under his care, and I felt respected as a patient and a person. The clinic staff is helpful and clear as well. I highly recommend Dallas Podiatry Works.*
Dr. Northcutt is absolutely a true Godsend for me. On top of that, he is a true professional and has great patient skills. Never condescending or impersonal. He sincerely spend time with you and explains why you may have the symptoms and how to take care of them. Gosh, he even shakes hands with the patient, introduces himself and even says goodbye. Usually, not the norm!!!*
Thank you for your quick response to my problem. I fully expected to come in and get the run around and be scheduled for another appointment to come back for the ingrown toe nail to be fixed. I was quit surprised when a single visit and you had me out the door with no more pain. Again, thanks so much.*