1. Flats and Slides
Problem: arch and heel pain; inadequate cushioning and foot support.
Secret Solution: avoiding prolonged wearing; try cushioned inserts for shock absorption such as APMA accepted Foot Petals' Amazing Arches; select a sole that doesn't twist excessively. (Pictured are LifeStride Mateo Sandals)
2. Gladiator and Strappy Sandals
Problem: irritation between toes; callus and dead skin build-up around the heels; lack of support and shock absorption.
Secret Solution: select natural materials such as a soft, supple leather, ensure proper fit with no toes or heels hanging off the edge. (Pictured are Michael Antonio Dryden Sandals)
3. Platform and High Heels
Problem: pain in the ball of the foot and ankle injuries.
Secret Solution: wear lower, more stable heels (less than 2 inches in height); use an APMA accepted insert, such as Insolia. (Pictured are Miu-Miu Double Cross Platforms)
4. Wedge and Espadrille Sandals
Problem: ankle twist or sprain; instability and difficulty walking.
Secret Solution: try a wider, flatter wedge, rubber sole with good traction. (Pictured are Madden Girl Elivia Sandal)
5. Peep-toe Sandals
Problem: loads of pressure on the tootsies; bunions and hammertoes.
Secret Solution: wear only for short periods of time; insert Giovanna Toe Cushion by Heaven4Toes, an APMA accepted product. (Pictured are Kelly & Katie Quench Sandals)
6. Ankle Wrap Sandals
Problem: lack of adequate ankle support; friction causing blisters.
Secret Solution: try ankle wraps made of a soft, breathable material such as leather, cotton, or satin; ankle wrap not too tight; apply APMA accepted Strappy Strips by Foot Petals. (Pictured are Zigi Soho Carol Sandal)
7. Overall Persistent Pain
Secret Solution: See a podiatrist! Podiatrists are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat conditions of the foot and ankle.