Friday, May 4, 2012

Secrets to Avoiding a Sandal Scandal

This summer's stylish sandals are definite attention grabbers, but will they force you to focus on the pain they are causing your feet? The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has seven secrets to avoiding a sandal scandal this summer. Follow this podiatrist approved advice so you can enjoy the fun and sun with pain-free feet. Be sure to share these secrets, including the APMA accepted products, with family and friends!

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.

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