Prevention and Wellness

Answers to Common Podiatry Questions

Premier Health Specialists’ doctors answer frequently asked questions about podiatry.

Can summer shoes be harmful to a person’s feet?

Though it can feel nice to set your feet free when warm weather rolls around, summer shoes aren’t the healthiest choice for your feet.

Most summer shoes don’t have proper support for your arches or to absorb shock as you walk, according to the Society of Chiropodists and PodiatristsOff Site Icon (SCPOD).

Popular summer styles like sandals and flip flops are not only flimsy, but also their open toe area makes it easier for injuries to happen, according to Premier Health Specialists’ (PHS) physicians.

The lack of cushioning and structure can cause stress and fatigue on the legs, knees, and hips, which can lead to back pain and other issues, according to PHS physicians.

For more information about how summer shoes can harm feet, talk with your physician.

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What should a person look for in a shoe or sandal to keep their foot healthy?

When choosing a sandal or shoe, start by avoiding a one-size-fits all design, according to Premier Health Specialists’ (PHS) physicians.

Instead PHS physicians and the American Podiatric Medical AssociationOff Site Icon (APMA) recommend looking for a shoe or sandal that has an adjustable strap for sizing and stability.

Also, look for options with arch support, and choose shoes or sandals made of high quality leather instead of rubber or plastic, according to the PHS physicians.

Talk to your doctor for more information about healthy options to look for in summer shoes and sandals.

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Can issues that arise from not wearing the right shoe have long-term effects?

Your feet play an important part of your overall health, and it’s important to give them the summer care they deserve, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

Over the years, wear and tear from not being taken good care of can be hard on them, according to the NIH. Foot problems can sometimes be the first warning of serious medical conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve disorders, and circulatory disorders.

Choosing footwear based only on its looks can lead to serious issues down the road. Poor shoe choices can lead to troubles with your ankles, calf muscles, Achilles tendons, knees, hips, back and more, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (AAOS).

For more information about long-term effects of wearing the wrong shoes, talk with your doctor.

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Source: David Ramig, DPM, Premier Foot Specialists

Content Updated: August 30, 2016

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