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It’s summertime and living is easy but at Patrick Fettinger, DPM, one area where less is really not better is when it comes to summer shoes. Many patient’s footwear of choice during the summer season are flip-flops. This style of shoe has only one good use and that is to protect your feet from viral, bacterial and fungal infections that can be picked up by direct contact at community pools and changing areas/restrooms at beaches and lakes. The minimal construction of traditional flip-flops leaves your feet open to several potential problems, including increased risk for:
When choosing summer shoe styles, look for these design features:
Arch Support—after wearing flat shoes for a long duration you are likely to notice that your arch and your heels are hurting. That’s because the plantar fascia—a long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from heel to toes—becomes inflamed if you have no arch support. This is the cause of a common condition known as plantar fasciitis.
Molded Footbeds—these will help keep your feet firmly in place in the shoe. Less movement means reduced risk of friction that can cause blisters and also protection against ankle sprains and injuries.
Breathable materials—good air circulation around your feet reduces the risk of bacteria mixing with sweat and producing a bad odor. Keeping feet dry will also help prevent fungal infections like athlete’s foot.
Cushioned insole—a layer of cushioning between your foot and the sole of the shoe will act as a shock absorber. This not only makes shoes feel more comfortable with every step but also reduces the stress of repetitive pounding on your foot, decreasing the likelihood of foot pain and discomfort.
Back strap—a strap around the back of your foot, while not a necessity if the rest of the shoe is properly made, will increase stability and further reduce the chance for injury.
Improper footwear is one of the top causes of foot pain and chronic podiatric problems. If you are experiencing pain in your feet or ankles, make an appointment at our New Fairfield (203-746-9660) or Middlebury (203-598-0357) office so that our podiatrist, Dr. Patrick Fettinger can examine your feet and determine the source and proper treatment of your foot discomfort.
Summer is a time when many people go on vacation and we at Patrick Fettinger, DPM LLC want all of our patients to enjoy this time of rest and relaxation. A foot injury or flare-up of a chronic podiatric condition can definitely disrupt your vacation. Below are some tips for avoiding foot problems when you travel.
Off to a Good Start—if you’re flying to your vacation destination be sure to wear comfortable shoes and socks to the airport. Getting to your gate and making connections can require a significant amount of walking (or running!). Trying to catch your flight in high heels may result in an ankle sprain. Wearing socks will help protect your feet from fungal infections if you are in an airport that requires you to take off your shoes during security checks. If your flight is long, you may want to consider compression stockings to improve circulation and prevent blood clots forming in your legs.
Choosing a Shoe Wardrobe—be sure to have at least two pairs of shoes with you so you can switch off if one pair begins to hurt your feet. It’s best to avoid bringing brand new shoes as they can be stiff and cause blisters. If there’s a possibility that your vacation will involve hiking or other physical activities, bring the appropriate footwear.
Stretch It Out—whatever mode of transportation you are taking to get to your vacation, be sure to take breaks to stand, walk and stretch. This will help maintain good circulation and prevent cramps and muscle pain from being in one position for too long.
Pack Foot Essentials—there are a few items you should add to your suitcase that won’t take up much space but could have a big impact on the comfort and health of your feet. These include:
- Moleskin to apply to any spot that feels sore to help prevent blisters from forming
- Anti-fungal cream or powder to help avoid athlete’s foot and fungal toenails. This is particularly important if you are staying at a resort or hotel with a pool.
- Small first aid kit—some saline (eye solution), a small tube of antibiotic cream and a few bandages or some gauze will be useful to have if you get a scrape or minor cut. If you sustain a puncture wound or more serious injury, it’s important to seek medical help promptly.
If you are in any pain or discomfort when you return from your vacation, make an appointment at our New Fairfield (203-746-9660) or Middlebury (203-598-0357) office so that our podiatrist, Dr. Patrick Fettinger can examine your feet and determine if any treatment is needed.