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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.

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Pros

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

Cons

  • 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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The winter can be brutal for active people — and their pets.  Grab any opportunity to take a hike and get some sunshine.  The Manassas Battlefield provides fields, paths, bridges, and streams with remnants of the Civil War scattered along the trails. Be prepared for uneven terrain that can be hazardous without correct footwear.  Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes are a necessity.

Podiatry Management, Feb. 2014 reported that Podiatrists recommend New Balance Athletic Footwear the most.  However, choosing a shoe requires a visit to a store or prescribing facility that will provide footwear that is specific for you and feels comfortable.

So grab your dog’s leash and enjoy the fresh air.  Staying active is important for a healthy life!  Where do you like to hike?

Photo via hibridal.com

Photo via hibridal.com

Since we received such positive feedback for our articles about high heeled shoes, we wanted to do another high heel-related post.

About.com‘s podiatry expert, Dr. Catherine Moyer, compiled a list of tips for how to continue wearing the shoes you love without the painful side effects.

Tip # 1 — Be sure you’re wearing the right size.

According to Dr. Moyer, this is the Number One mistake made by women.  She recommends having your feet professionally sized when you go shopping.  Our shoe sizes change throughout our lives and even having children can cause your feet to go up a size or so.

Tip # 2 — Educate yourself on your personal foot type.

As we’ve said before, there are different types of feet.  Different types of feet require different support from shoes.  A podiatrist can do this for you, or you can do a simple at-home test.  Wet the bottom of your foot and stand on a piece of construction paper that you’ve placed on the ground.  This will tell you if you’ve got flat feet or a high arch.

Tip # 3 — The thicker the heel, the better.

Ever noticed how thicker-heeled shoes just feel more comfortable?  There’s a reason for that.  Stilettos cause your feet to wobble, which is not good for your general podiatric health.  Of course, sometimes the outfit calls for a thin heel, but if you include them as a part of your everyday wardrobe, it may be time to start switching it up and adding thicker heels for better balance.

Tip # 4 — Avoid thin soles, opt for the platform.

Even a slight platform will alleviate some of the pressure when walking in heels.  Thinner soles will almost always cause pain at the bottom of the foot.

Tip # 5 — Take breaks.

Take a few moments throughout the day to take off the shoes and stretch your ankles and your toes.

This weekend, BRFC practice manager, Theresa, attended the Baltimore Marathon in support of her husband, George.  She managed to take a lot of great photos of the event.

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So what?

When it comes to running, it’s vital to have the best possible shoes for your foot structure.  Without proper footwear, you run the risk of injury and permanent damage.  The APMA created a guide based on foot types.

Photo via apma.org

Photo via apma.org

For feet with low arches: Choose a supportive shoe that is designed for stability and motion control. These shoes help to correct for overpronation.

Photo via apma.org

Photo via apma.org

For feet with normal arches: Choose a shoe with equal amounts of stability and cushioning to help absorb shock.

Photo via apma.org

Photo via apma.org

For feet with high arches: Choose a cushioned running shoe with a softer midsole and more flexibility. This will compensate for the poor shock absorption of a high-arched foot.

Runners will also often ask about the potential benefits to barefoot running, however the APMA recommends that before beginning to train barefoot, you should consult a podiatrist.

 

Photo via healingfeet.com

Photo via healingfeet.com

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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Teens

 

 

 


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