Are Your Feet Ready For Flip-Flop Season?
As the weather warms and the flip-flops are brought out of the closet, foot pain (often referred to as plantar fasciitis) season also ramps up. Flat footwear, such as flip-flops, reduce ankle support often leading to the strain of joints and soft tissues of the ankle or foot. This, in turn, leads to pain – most often in the ankle or bottom of the foot.
If you have a history of ankle or foot pain, you may be more likely to run into this. This certainly does not mean you have to throw out your favorite pair of sandals! But if they are flat, be mindful of prolonged walking in them. Great to wear to the beach…not so great to wear for hiking, shopping or walking for extended periods. There are other great options! The sandal industry is growing and making more supportive footwear, reducing this risk.
If you have ankle/foot pain or recurrent bouts, stop in or call Generation Care—we can help! One of our physical therapists can give you a series of exercises to stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon. We can also work with you to strengthen lower leg muscles, which stabilize your ankle and heel.
Here are a few tips you can do now that may help:
- Watch your weight. A few extra pounds can aggravate plantar fasciitis.
- Wear supportive shoes. Avoid high heels and don’t go barefoot on hard floors.
- Get some new workout shoes. If you’re a runner, buy new shoes after about 400 to 500 miles of use and before they wear out.
- Apply ice. 15 to 20 minutes three or four times a day or after activity.
- Stretch your arches. Simple home exercises can stretch your plantar fascia.
You don’t have to suffer from foot pain or throw away your flip flops this summer! We are here for you and can help teach you how to manage this type of foot pain at Generation Care.