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By Clark Podiatry Center
June 15, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: blisters   ankle injuries  

Your children’s school may have good reason to prohibit beach footwear during the last few months of school. While it is enticing to wear flip flops to stay cool during the summertime, they may not be the best choice for everyday footwear.

When it comes to footwear for you and your family, there are important factors to consider. Shoes should have a proper fit, arch support, cushioned and reinforced heels, as well as a shape that does not cause blisters or chafing. While convenient and casual, flip flops generally do not have these supportive features. They are acceptable for short distances or as transitional footwear, like from the house to the pool or from the car to the beach. However, because most summer activities include outdoor play and a lot of walking, flip flops are not necessarily the best choice for summer footwear. Though we see them everywhere, wearing them for long periods of time in the summer actually makes you more prone to foot and ankle injuries due to improper gait, in-toeing or out-toeing, blisters from the strap components, and no arch support. They also usually do not have half sizes, so they can be a bit too big or small. 

Instead of flip flops, then, the best summer footwear would be supportive sandals. We at Clark Podiatry suggest that you consider the following when choosing the summer footwear for you and your family:

  • Find sandals that have good heel support and sole cushioning.

  • Stay away from sandals with straps that are too constricting on your toes and around the ankles, which can cause pain, blisters, and/or swelling.

  • Children’s shoes should fit them when you purchase them. Do not purchase shoes that they will “grow into” as it can lead to tripping, improper gait, and blisters if their feet slide around. Hand-me-down shoes can also be problematic as sole supports can be worn down.

Are you or your child are experiencing pain or have injury from non-supportive footwear like flip flops? Make an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy in Clark, NJ to find solutions to care for your foot or ankle issues.

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