The warmer weather, longer days, and increased level of activity during the summer months can lead to painful foot conditions if you’re not wearing the proper shoes. Keep your feet pain free while you enjoy fun in the sun with tips from Dr. Donald Harrison, an innovative podiatrist administering advanced therapies for foot and ankle care.
The increase in temperature usually means less supportive shoe gear—if any at all. This also brings about an increase in foot pain and foot problems as people increase their standing and walking timeframes.
Donald Harrison, DPM, a podiatric foot and ankle surgeon from Glen Burnie, MD, agrees. “Generally speaking, flip flops provide the foot with very little arch support. Thus, wearing these types of shoes can lead to increased stress on the muscles and ligaments in the feet. Conditions like heel pain, plantar fasciitis and ball-of-foot pain can arise. Moreover, specific foot types such as high arch and flat feet can be exacerbated without adequate support.”
Heel pain can be caused by increased strain of the ligament that connects your heel bone to the base of your toes, otherwise known as the plantar fascia. Other foot ailments that arise during the spring and summer include ball-of-the-foot pain, also known as metatarsalgia and foot cramping due to overuse of the intrinsic muscles of the foot.
“These ailments, and others, may be present present themselves throughout the year but are commonly less symptomatic and do not cause any pain due to the more supportive shoe gear worn” adds Dr. Harrison.
To prevent foot pain, Dr. Harrison offer these tips on choosing footwear for the spring summer:
- Gradually transition to wearing less supportive shoes instead of abruptly converting from supportive shoe gear to non-supportive shoe gear
- Choose flip flops and sandals that have built in arch support to accommodate for the increase in stress that will be applied to the foot muscles and ligaments.
- Select sandals and heels with straps that hold the foot in the sandal
- Limit the amount of time standing in place and opt for continuous activity or relaxation
- Wear sneakers if you have plans for prolonged walking or if you will be going on hikers
- Learn more about proper footwear from from donaldharrisondpm.com . If you continue to experience foot pain, consult with a podiatrist in your area.
About American Pediatric Medical Association
Podiatric surgeons are doctors (DPM) who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the foot and ankle. Their education and training consist of four years of podiatric medical school, three years of postgraduate foot and ankle surgical residency. These specialists care for clients of all ages, performing biomechanics examinations, diabetic limb salvage, reconstructive surgery for deformities and arthridities, treating sports injuries, and managing foot and ankle trauma of the foot, ankle and lower leg.
About the ACFOAM
The American Board of Foot & Ankle Orthopedic Medicine (ABFOAM) supports a dynamic, skilled group of podiatric foot and ankle surgeons. Their mission is to provide education and advocacy of podiatric physicians. For more information visit the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery online www.acfoam.org.