It's summer, so it's no surprise that my patients are flocking to the stores to get their latest pair of flip flops. Everyday patients come in to see me about complaints ranging from pain in the ball of their foot to Achilles tendonitis. If you're going to wear flip flops that won't cause you pain you'll need to wear the right flip flop for your activity.
If you take your flip flop and it bends in half and easily twists you'll see that it has no support. These are fine for the beach or pool but if you plan to go for a walk of any distance you'll need to choose a more supportive flip flop to prevent injury or other foot problems.
For example, Vionic makes a Unisex Wave Toe Post Sandal that only bend at the ball of the foot, have arch support, and a slight elevation in the heel. These are great for a stroll along the Edmonds waterfront or for short walks around your neighborhood.
Plan to walk more extensively or go for a short hike? Flip flop like sandals will be the best choice so you don't twist an ankle. Good examples are sandals made by Chaco and Teva. Both have sandals with strapping across the toes and the ankles, good arch support, and allow your toes the freedom to move. Waterproof with rubber bottoms you can cross small streams if you need to.
If you've worn the wrong type of flip flops and are experienced pain, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.
For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".
Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.