Favorite summer shoes a cause for pain

Flip flops are no longer just seen on the beach. They're worn on campuses and in offices all over the country, but as Judy Fortin reports they may not be the best choice for your feet.

They're trendy and relatively cheap, but podiatrists claim some flip flop fans are paying a painful price.

"In the summer months, we get so busy with people with heel pain, Achilles tendon pain and pain on the ball of their foot. In most cases we can attribute that to the use of sandals and flip flops," podiatrist, Dr. Perry Julien said.

Julien argues many of the thin-soled foot coverings lack proper support and cushioning.

"This sandal here has no heel, it has no arch support and it's very hard," Julien said about a certain flip flop.

Julien explains low-heeled shoes can cause a strain on ligaments. He prefers his patients wear a shoe with more of a lift, with a three-eighths to half-inch heel.

"Here's an example of a good sandal. This sandal has a little heel height from the back portion to the front portion as well as having an arch across here," Julien said about another flip flop.

If you're not willing to compromise on style, Julien said you can always try stretching your calves to help relieve sore foot and leg muscles.


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