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Does your summer footwear cause you any problems? 
 
Flip flops and sliders are one of the worst offenders when it comes to causing injury. Most flip flops offer no support or cushioning, which can cause problems for some people. Flip flops may aggravate symptoms if you have plantar fasciitis, making your foot pain worse. Plantar fasciitis is the disorder of the plantar fascia which is the connective tissue that supports the arch of your foot. This results in pain in the heel and the bottom of the foot. Flip flops are OK to wear if you’re just heading to the pool or beach, but they’re not suitable as an everyday summer shoe. 

Mules 

Like flip flops, mules over no protection or support. To prevent mules from falling off your feet, you may find yourself curling your toes to grip the shoe’s footbed. Over time, this puts you at risk of hammertoe, a condition in which the toe joint is abnormally bent, forcing the toes into a claw-like position. 
 
As with flip flops, limit the time you wear them or shop for specific types or brands that offer you more support. 

Wedge Sandals and Espadrilles 

The biggest hazard with wedges and espadrilles is the side-to-side stability with makes it easy to hurt your ankle with a sprain or strain. A strain is caused by the overstretching or overexerting of a tendon, and a sprain is the overstretching or tearing of a ligament. 
 
These types of shoes also shift your weight forward onto the ball of your foot, which can cause midfoot pain and swelling. Over time, excess weight load over the ball of your foot can lead to stress fractures. The ladies in Love Island will be disappointed. 

Peep Toes 

Peep toes tend to force your toes into a narrow, tight space. Forcing the toes together can cause blisters as well as long-term problems, like bunions. Choose shoes with a wide toe-box to accommodate your foot’s natural shape. 
 
If you feel like you’ve been struggling due to the detriments of wearing flip flops and sandals, get in touch and see how we can help you! You’d be surprised what us handy masseuses can do for your comfort and foot health. 
 
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