Heel pain becomes increasingly prevalent in the summer because the shoes we wear are less supportive than the rest of the seasons. Flip flops, sandals and walking barefoot increases your likelihood of developing plantar fasciitis.
If you’re like me and refuse to throw away your flip flops, then consider cutting back on their use rather than letting them collect dust. Follow these simple do’s and don’ts to avoid heel pain this summer!
- DO wear supportive tennis shoes when walking your dog! I’ve had too many patients say, “my heel pain started after walking my dog everyday in flip flops!” I know it’s easy to slide flip flops on, but if your dog has the energy that mine does, you know the walk turns into a power-walk or light jog and that requires tennis shoes any way you put it.
- DON’T wear your flip flops or sandals to Disney World! Or amusement parks, zoos or aquariums…they all fall into the same category. Walking in non supportive shoes all day on concrete, asphalt, or pavement is just asking for heel pain. Instead, wear tennis shoes when you’re planning on a day full of walking and wondering. Reality check: at an amusement park, no one is looking at how cute your wedge espadrilles or flip flops look.
- Finally, DO use flip flops and sandals for short trips, beach and pool areas. This is the best time to wear them!
So if you’re experiencing heel pain, call Advanced Podiatry and talk with one of our doctors about treatment options for relief. Call 813-875-0555 for an appointment today!