It’s May, the sun is out and so are your toes! The season of summer sandal shopping is upon us, which is why the team at CarePro Health Services is bringing awareness to a very important health issue – unsupportive summer sandals. Before you laugh, take a look at the four most common health conditions caused by wearing unsupportive sandals or flip flops too often:
- Tendonitis – Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendon, tissue that connects muscle to bone. When wearing unsupportive sandals such as flip flops, you must grip your toes around a small piece of fabric just to keep the shoe on. This action of gripping leads to overuse of these muscles which results in tendonitis. This action can also lead to hammer toes, a condition where the toe bends abnormally.
- Stress Fractures – With the repetitive shock trauma that comes from shoes that offer little support, many develop stress fractures. Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bones because of overuse.
- Chafing – Chafing is caused by the rubbing of skin on leather or plastic. Too much rubbing can lead to painful sores or blisters.
- Total Body Pain – Finally, wearing shoes with little support will actually change your entire gait, causing pain throughout your entire body.
The great news is that all of these health conditions can be avoided by simply wearing summer sandals with support and proper structure. The team at CarePro recommends testing your shoe to make sure it is the correct size, bends only at the ball of the foot, has a thick arch, offers thick straps and is made of soft material.
One summer sandal line that passes our test with flying colors is the Spendco Sandals. These sandals are designed with built-in orthotic inserts for optimal support and comfort, and even better is the price. Through the month of May, CarePro is offering a 25% discount on all Spenco Sandals so stop by a CarePro location today to pick up your new favorite summer sandal today!