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Summer sandals and Flip Flops

A Podiatrists view from Mr Robert Cox, Podiatrist.

With the Summer, such as it is upon us, I am often asked for advice  regarding the most appropriate sandals and flip flops.

The average person walks, in a life time, over 75,000 miles. It is therefore not surprising that our feet develop problems and pain at some stage.
 
It is a well researched fact that poor fitting shoes are a significant cause of pain and disability.
As podiatrist it is my job to try and sustain or improve foot and lower limb health. In this role I will offer you some key tips and recommendations for choosing summer shoes.
 
  1. Firstly it is important to recognise that some small changes in style, fit and design can make a big difference.
  2. Importantly, the greater the contact between the foot and the shoe, the more support the foot is given. Try and chose footwear that has an arch support for stability and cushioning.
  3. Stability of the footwear is important. If possible chose a sandal with adjustable fasteners, the wider the traps the better the stability.
  4. Try and avoid cheep rubber materials. These often lead to blisters. Instead try and choose a shoe made of quality leather, especially the straps. Avoiding cheap rubber will reduce skin irritation.
  5. Don’t walk long distances in flip flops, especially if you are prone to foot and ankle pain!
  6. Always make sure that the foot isn’t longer than the sandal or flip flop. This will reduce the chances of tripping and stubbing the toes!
  7. If you have had the footwear for a few years, it might be time to treat yourself to a new pair. Throw away worn and damaged flip flop and sandals to avoid trips and falls.
Here are a number of flip flops / sandals which have been approved recently by our colleagues in the USA.
 
These include:

Orthoheel flip flop

•Reebok Easytone Flip

•Birkenstock sandals

Above all, have a great summer and look after your feet. You will need them next year!
 
Robert Cox is a Podiatrist at Ipswich Hospital and consults privately at 10 Fonnereau Rd Ipswich and can be contacted on 01473 217592


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