With Memorial Day behind you, summer may not officially be here on the calendar, but practically speaking it’s in full swing. And here in Texas, we’ve had summer-like weather for some time now.
Being active outdoors, it’s easy to forget how to care for your feet. And before you know it, you can find yourself twisting an ankle.
Make sure you follow these tips so you don’t find yourself stuck inside icing your feet and ankles instead of enjoying the outdoors:
You don’t have to get too particular when you look for flip-flops. But you do need to make sure they’re sturdy.
Test the pairs you’re considering by attempting to fold them in half. If you can do that, don’t buy that pair.
Why? Your foot fatigues faster when your sandals or flip-flops don’t provide the arch support you need. Your tendons will feel sore because you’re straining them to support the rest of your foot. This can lead to inflammation and injury to your plantar fascia, the tissue that runs from the ball of your foot to your heel.
When you wear flip-flops, you naturally put downward pressure on the arch of your foot. In turn, that can lead to additional stress on your knees, hip, and lower back. And not surprisingly, this can lead to pain and inflammation in those areas of your body. Flip-flops may also lead to you taking shorter steps, which can place even more stress on your knees, ankles, hips, and back.
Consider wearing extra padding. Only wear your flip-flops or sandals for walking short distances. And maybe break them in before you wear them by stretching the material by hand.
As a diabetic, you may have reduced sensation in your feet. Or, you may have lost your sensation entirely. Some doctors have seen diabetic patients who have a rock lodged in their foot or between their toes and don’t even know it. This reduced feeling can also lead to blisters, cuts, and bruises resulting from sandal straps or flip-flop use. Your foot can also become awkwardly positioned as you walk, putting you at risk for twisting your ankle or even breaking a bone.
If you’re diabetic, make sure you examine your feet after every time you walk in sandals or flip-flops.
Have Fun This Summer
People don’t get outside as much these days. So don’t let the possible dangers of sandals or flip-flops discourage you. Have fun outside as you enjoy more quality time with your family.