Hello Summer & Welcome Back Sandals!
Summer is here, and the warm weather is shining down on us. Many of us have already pulled out the old sandals from the back of our closets and have started wearing them. It feels so great to have our toes free!
Unfortunately though, there are a few drawbacks to that airy toe freedom. Sandals don’t offer our feet as much support as our regular footwear. This lack of support can often lead to overworked muscles and tendons, and increases the risk for ankle sprains. There is an increase in people developing tendonitis and plantar fasciitis during the summer months because of unsupportive sandals.
- Flip Flops are one of the more popular types of sandals to wear in the summer. Most flip flop style sandals offer the foot no arch support and no heel support.
- Birkenstocks are also a favourite summer selection for a lot of people. They at least have some degree of an arch and sometimes include a strap around the ankle for support. However, the arch support is not custom to your foot, and the sandal does very little in terms of controlling the foot.
- Crocs, although not the most stylish choice have also become very popular. They offer some arch support, but they do not adequately secure the heel.
In any summer sandal you choose, if the heel is unstable, toes tend to grip which can lead to tendonitis, worsening of toe deformities, nail problems, or corns and calluses. The flip flops, Birkenstocks and Crocs are all ok for the beach and short distances – but they should not be your go-to choice for long walks or extended periods of time this summer.
Follow these 3 rules when choosing your summer sandal:
- The sandal should fit your foot. Your foot should not hang off the back, sides or edges of the sandal. If it does, you need a bigger size. Your whole foot should sit completely on the foot bed.
- You shouldn’t be able to bend the sandal. The sandal should be rigid through the middle. If you can bend the sandal in half or ball it up – get rid of it! This will not offer you enough support.
- Ideally the sandal should have some sort of restraint in the mid-foot area and a strap around the ankle. This will ensure that your foot is held securely and has adequate support.
Best sandal option:
The best option is incorporating your existing custom orthotic when selecting your sandal. Some sandals have removable foot beds which can be removed and replaced with your existing custom orthotic. There are also sandals available that have the custom orthotic embedded directly into it.
Follow these 3 general rules and incorporate your custom orthotic when selecting your sandal, and you can prevent many of the ailments that sandal wearers suffer from, which include plantar fasciitis, tired feet and lower back pain.
Make an appointment today with one of our foot specialists, and take a look at our selection of custom orthotic sandals. We’ll figure out a way to free your toes and help support your feet at the same time. Have a wonderful summer!