Warm weather is a great excuse to show off your feet and polished toes, but flimsy flip-flops are one of the common causes of heel pain. Heel pain can seriously impact your day-to-day life, and if your pedicure isn’t done properly, it can lead to serious foot problems like ingrown toenails and foot fungus.
Heel pain, ingrown toenails, and foot fungus are not problems you want to deal with in the midst of pool parties, weddings, and vacations. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent these common aliments so you can enjoy a foot-pain-free summer.
Start with your shoes! To avoid heel pain and other foot problems, follow these tips when purchasing your next pair of summer footwear:
SUMMERTIME BRINGS WARM WEATHER, AND WHILE YOUR SANDALS AND REGULAR PEDICURES SEEM LIKE A WELCOME TREAT AFTER A LONG WINTER, THEY MAY POSE MORE PROBLEMS THAN YOU REALIZE.
WEDGES AND ESPADRILLES
Problem: Ankle twist or sprain; instability and difficulty walking
Solution: Try a wider, flatter wedge; look for a rubber sole with good traction
Problem: Increased pressure on toes, bunions, and hammertoes
Solution: Wear only for short periods of time.
FLATS AND SLIDES
Problem: Arch and heel pain; inadequate cushioning and foot support
Solution: Avoid prolonged wear; try cushioned inserts for shock absorption; select a sole that doesn’t twist excessively
PLATFORMS AND HIGH HEELS
Problem: Pain in the ball of the foot; ankle injuries
Solution: Wear lower, more stable heels (two inches or under)
GLADIATOR AND STRAPPY SANDALS
Problem: Irritation between toes; callus and dead skin build-up around heels; lack of support and shock absorption
Solution: Select natural materials such as soft, supple leather; ensure proper fit with no toes or heels hanging off the edge