Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Preventing foot pain by finding the right sandal for summer

During the summer months it is important to wear the most supportive sandal or flip flop to help prevent various foot ailments. When looking for the right shoe first and foremost, the more surface area contact there is between the foot and the sandal, the more support the foot will have. This means the wider the sandal and the higher the arch, the better the support as this will provide more of a foundation especially for people who suffer from low arches.
The next consideration is stability. This is best accomplished by finding sandals that are adjustable as opposed to sliding on. Adjustable straps or Velcro fasteners are keys to a stable fit.  Wide straps are preferred compared to narrow straps.
We suggest the Chaco sandals, which tend to be wide, have a high arch and have fully adjustable straps. FitFlop sandals are also wide with a high arch in addition to a thick, cushioned midsole with wide upper straps. Orthaheel has a great selection of styles, many with adjustable straps, high arches and cushioned heel supports.  Birkenstock is another nice option for summer sandals.