Warm weather is arriving soon, and inevitably you’ll be seeing and wearing more sandals and flip-flops around town.
This time of year presents both fun and for some challenges. Your shoes can either contribute to their health and whole-body wellness or to your misery and musculoskeletal complaints.
Why you may ask?
The average American takes 5,117 steps a day, improper footwear can lead to degenerative changes in the muscles, joints and connective tissues in the feet over time.
This can often lead to foot pain, knee pain, hip pain and lower back pain.
Of all the harmful summer footwear out there, traditional flip-flops are perhaps the most damaging. Traditional flip-flops are notoriously flat, offering little support or cushioning to the foot. Not surprisingly, reported rates of heel pain, frequently due to plantar fasciitis, statistically rise in the spring as flip-flop wearers shed their winter footwear in favor of the popular sandal. The problem worsens when the wearer is overweight or sedentary.3
Researchers at Auburn University found that wearing traditional flip-flops can alter gait, “which can result in problems and pain from the foot up into the hips and lower back,” according to biomechanics doctoral student Justin Schroyer, the study’s lead author. “Variations like this at the foot can result in changes up the kinetic chain, which in this case can extend upward in the wearer’s body,” Schroyer adds.4
Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero
EXPECT MIRACLES – WE DO
1 “National Foot Health Assessment 2012”; http://www.ipfh.org/resources/surveys/national-foot-health-assessment-2012/.
2 Frey, C. Foot health and shoewear for women. Clin Orthop 200; 372: 32-34.
3 Shroyer JF, Weimar WH. Comparative analysis of human gait while wearing thong-style flip-flops versus sneakers. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 2010;100(4):251-257.
4 Zhang J. Chiropractic adjustments and orthotics reduced symptoms for standing workers. J Chiropr Med 2005; 4(4): 177–181.