Without a doubt come summer time I always get asked “what shoes do you wear during summer?” Often the answer is… you guessed it, THONGS!
As we all want to avoid wearing closed in shoes that make our feet sweaty, hot and uncomfortable it’s an easy choice to want to throw on a pair of our trusty thongs.
So why don’t we like you wearing thongs?
Typically, when wearing thongs, you may notice that as your feet are exposed they will often dry out causing calluses and cracks to develop especially on the heels as a result of the harsh temperatures and dry heat. Over time if left untreated, this could lead to deep fissures causing pain and potential infection to occur.
With all open toed shoes, you are more at risk of stubbing your toes or tripping over as your feet will try to grip onto the shoes to enable you to balance. In doing this it can also lead to the toes clawing with over time causes the muscles within your feet to become restricted.
The majority of thongs are made out of flexible materials that often provide no support, with a thin strap that attempts to hold your feet in.
So what is the solution if thongs are so bad for your feet!
Shoes such as Birkinstocks or Archies could be the perfect option for you! They are a more sensible, comfortable and podiatrist approved shoe that provides you with comfort and support for your arches!
It should be advised that it is recommended that you speak to your podiatrist prior to buying any of these shoes to ensure that they are suitable to your foot type and needs.
This article was written by Lauren, one of our skilled Podiatrists. To book in with Lauren either give us a call or book online and select ‘Lauren’ as your practitioner.
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