Summer Footwear: Tips for healthy feet
By Kathleen Zinck, Physiotherapist
This summer anything goes for footwear, from the kitten heel pump, to opened toe boots, slides, sparkly court shoes, or bling flip flops. As a health care provider we want to remind you of a few tips on choosing the footwear that is good for you and your feet!
There are 26 bones in the feet, a very complex ligament structure, and muscles that serve to bear the weight of the body. There is a variety of footwear requirements when we factor in genetics, weight, health conditions, and occupations.
- Depending on your foot type remember that support is a priority if you are on your feet a lot
- Look for a supportive arch as opposed to a flat flip flop if you plan to walk a lot
- Look at the density of the sole - more cushioning will make your feet feel better at the end of the day. Twist the shoe from front to back to see if the mid-foot is stable
- If footwear is too big your toes and calf muscles have to work harder, so get advise from the service provider when you are purchasing new footwear
- Look at the width of your foot in the shoe and make sure that the inside and outside of the front of your foot do not fall over the sole, and the length cups your heel nicely
- If you have orthotics look for sandals with a removable insole so you can put your orthotics in them
- Look for adjustable straps so if your feet swell with the heat you can loosen them