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Contributing writer: Carmen Thorpe––

Flip–flops, let’s talk about them. Some doctors say that they are “OK” to wear and others are against them. We know that spring is here and soon we will want to show our tootsies off with lovely polished nails and stylish flip–flops, but are they good for our feet? With tons of questions swirling around this topic, we have put together a list –below– of the pros and cons on the matter.



  • Stylish
  • Comfortable
  • Perfect for the warmer weather
  • Showcases our painted toes


  • Can’t be worn for extended amounts of time
  • Some have little to no arch support
  • Not enough support for the foot –as a whole
  • Expensive; with no real benefits for the feet (which supports the weight of the body)

With this list in mind, we checked out APMA’s site (American Podiatric Medical Association) to see what they had to say on the matter and we found this: You can wear flip–flops, but in order to avoid having problems with your feet later you could perform this simple checklist prior to purchasing your shoes. Click here to see the list and read more about what APMA has to say on the topic.


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Kids do the craziest things — especially when spring hits.  Running, jumping, kicking, splashing, and sliding are all part of a kid’s daily routine when the sunshine lights up their spirit.  When they are not on the move, it is a good idea to pay attention to the growing spurts of their feet.

This month the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is offering a wealth of information to educate parents about their child’s foot health.  Videos, shopping tips and social media links will point them in the right direction for education and tips for keeping their kid’s feet happy and healthy.

An APMA Pinterest board is worth a look.  It showcases approved APMA products and information for children’s podiatric needs.

Just like with any doctor, getting the most out of your visit to the podiatrist requires a little work on your part.  By following this checklist, you can be sure that you’ll get the full benefit of your doctor’s knowledge and your feet will thank you.

Before the visit:

  • Make a list of your symptoms and questions.
  • Make a list of all medications and any previous surgeries.
  • Gather and bring important medical records and laboratory test reports from other doctors or hospitals (including X-rays, MRIs, and lab results).
  • Bring a friend or family member if you think it will be helpful.  Sometimes an extra set of ears can be beneficial for remembering information.
  • If your problem involves walking and/or exercise, bring your walking/exercise shoes with you to the appointment.

During your visit:

  • Go over your list of questions.
  • If you do not understand an answer, never hesitate to ask for more explanation.  No matter how silly you think the question is, it’s important that you feel confidant in your understanding of the answers.
  • Take notes and listen carefully.  If you brought a family member, make sure they’re paying attention.
  • Discuss your symptoms and any recent changes you may have noticed.
  • Talk about all new medications.
  • Ask why it has been prescribed, and how to take it.

After your visit:

  • Prepare for any tests that your doctor has prescribed.
  • Ask about what you need to do to get ready for the test, possible side effects, and when you can expect results.
  • Ask when and how the test results will be made available to you.
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment (if necessary) before you leave your podiatrist’s office.  If you’re unclear about your schedule, be sure to call back for an appointment ASAP so you don’t forget.
  • Call your podiatrist’s office and ask for your test results if you do not hear from the office when you are supposed to.

Hopefully these tips will help you get the most out of your doctor’s visit!

Leave us a comment with any more tips.

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News Flash: It’s August!  That means it’s time to start back-to-school shopping.  Along with school supplies and clothes, you’re probably going to be looking for shoes, too.  Picking out shoes is very important because the style and fit of the shoe can have an impact on the development of your child’s foot.

The American Podiatric Medical Association’s website has two articles about picking out shoes for young children and teens.  Both articles contain excellent information.  For example, did you know that for children it’s important to buy shoes that do not need a break-in period?  Shoes need to be comfortable from the start because any discomfort is a sign of strain on the foot.

Follow the two links for more helpful tips!






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