When the weather has warmed up, we are able to shed a few layers and that goes for our feet as well as our bodies. Almost overnight, our feet lose the protection of socks or tights and are thrust into flimsy sandals and flipflops.
Only a few years ago, flipflops were purely for wearing on the beach or at the pool. Now they are an everyday item of footwear, loved by men and women alike. Unfortunately, they do our feet no favours. The basic flipflop might offer a bit of cushioning from the rubber sole, but there is no support under the arch and very little to hold it to the foot. Toes end up clawing in an attempt to keep the shoe on, which can lead to the joints becoming fixed in this position, and also puts huge strain on the arch. Heels slap down on the sole with every step which can cause heel pain, cracked skin and a breakdown of the fatty-fibrous padding which should cushion the heel bone.
Luckily, a range of shoe manufacturers have addressed this problem, and it is now possible to buy flipflops and sandals that offer a more substantial sole, a moulded footbed to support the arch and straps that hold the shoe more securely to the foot. The Simply Foot catalogue (available from the clinic, or online has a great range of stylish flipflops and sandals for men and women that offer all the support your feet need. Kenilworth Footcare clients can receive a 10% discount by using the code XQ9B3290.