Sat. Dec 4th, 2021

During the summer closed shoes are relegated to the background. We take our feet for a walk, in sandals, flip flops and wedges. The problem can come when, accustomed the rest of the year to having shoes with higher soles, we go on to walk with very flat shoes.

The result of these flat soles can be to develop plantar fasciitis, and tendonitis in the Achilles heel. «It is very common that patients with these problems come to the consultation at this time of year and the cause is always the same: the excessive use of flip flops or very flat sandals and without any type of ankle support, ”explains podiatrist Carlos Perucha, from the Torrejón University Hospital. It recommends wearing footwear that is about two or three centimeters high, a cushioned sole and fastening elements, such as laces, closures or velcro, to be able to give the foot stability.

It also ensures that it is also not good to wear a very high heel. “The use of a heel above three or four centimeters in height has been shown to alter biomechanics, forcing more weight and pressure to be placed on the forefoot,” he says. The doctor says that the position of a body on high heels too high for a long time “can cause mild discomfort such as chafing, blisters, corns or corns, but also more severe alterations such as bunions, claw toes or Achilles tendinopathies.” He goes further, and comments that there are cases in which this type of footwear “causes back pain, because it causes a lot of instability and forces the body to constantly balance itself.”

Skin diseases

Returning to the use of open shoes, summer is the time when there are more cases of fungal and viral foot infections. They are not serious pathologies, but they can be very annoying. And, in addition, in general they are very contagious. To prevent them, the doctor comments that “we must use footwear that is breathable and thus control hyperhidrosis and avoid excess moisture that can cause its appearance.” Another essential tip is to dry your feet very well after bathing or showering, especially between the toes, in order to avoid excess moisture in those spots, where fungi tend to proliferate.

The Torrejón hospital specialist assures that another of the consequences of summer and the use of flip-flops or sandals is the appearance of blisters, abrasions and “the famous cracked heels, which can even cause injuries.” “The fact of walking barefoot or barefoot it makes the skin dry much more easily than if we wear a sock or stocking, “he says. For this reason, he concludes, “daily hydration of the skin of the feet is very important.”

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