Posted in: Blog by chirocare on June 30, 2010
Dr. Tushaus has some tips about summer footwear:
“For many of us, flip-flops become the go-to footwear during the summer, but these flimsy slip-ons do not always provide ideal foot support.
Even with a comfortable flip-flop, you should limit your use to no more than a few hours of wear. Going to the pool or the beach is fine. People get into trouble when they use them all day, walking around and standing for a long period of time. The worst scenario is perhaps the Six Flags fracture. This is when a person who’s already walking more than they usually do also wears footgear with no support. Vacations can be ruined because people develop stress fractures, knee problems, and hip and back problems.
When buying flip-flops, gently bend them from end to end, ensuring it bends at the ball of the foot. Shoes of any kind should never fold in half. Don’t re-wear flip-flops year after year. Inspect older pairs for wear. If they show signs of severe wear, discard them. Avoid wearing flip-flops while walking long distances. Even the sturdiest flip-flops offer little in terms of shock absorption and arch support.”
If your wearing flip-flops and you are experiencing ankle, knee, hip and/or back pain please consider a different type of sandal and of course, let us help! Dr. Tushaus is always “watching your back”.
Call the office for your next appointment and have a safe, fun summer break.