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Summer Shoe Dangers: How to Protect Your Feet

From flip-flops to ballet flats and sky -high heels. The go-to shoes of summer don't always come cheap, but your feet could pay the highest price of all.
From flip-flops to ballet flats and sky -high heels. The go-to shoes of summer don't always come cheap, but your feet could pay the highest price of all.

Summer shoes...casual...open...and as it turns out, maybe not so hot for your feet.

“I see an increase in foot related injuries especially at the end of the
Summer,” said Dr. Jackie Sutera.

Foot specialists like Sutera say some warm weather shoes can pose unique dangers to your feet and can potentially affect your ankles, knees, hips and back

Wearing the wrong types of summer shoes for extended periods can not only cause tendonitis and stress fractures, but can also lead to chronic foot pain that can cause arthritis and even foot deformity.

“Bad shoes are considered anything that's extreme so too thin too flat too open,” said Sutera.

First up: flip flops a summer staple for men and women.

A recent study found they can lead to treacherous ankle twists.

“This should only be worn at the beach or at the pool, not for commuting or walking around,” said Sutera.

But unlike women these flimsy open slip ons are the beginning and end of most men's summer footwear and with more wear and tear comes even less support.

“Men have a tendency to just hold on to their shoes and not to throw away.” Said Sutera.

Next up, ballet flats, which like flip flops, may be too thin.

“When shoes are too thin and too flat they offer no shock absorption, no cushioning, and no arch support,” said Sutera.

And then...there are those sky-high heels.

A recent survey found 71 percent of heel wearers say those shoes hurt their feet.

That pain can be even worse in the summer, with strappy stilettos providing even less support than their closed-counterparts.

“The fact that this is a very open shoe is working against you,” said Sutera.

So what's a summer shoe lover to do?

Doctor Sutera says look for good arch support and cushioning, buy shoes fitting your longest toe, especially for kids and don't wear bad shoes too often.

“Everything in moderation. You really shouldn't eat cupcakes every day. You
can't wear flip flops and high heels everyday.”


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