When summer arrives, it’s common to see people walking around in flip-flops and other open-toed sandals. But the problem with this style of footwear is that overuse can lead to a variety of foot disorders, namely hammertoes, tendonitis, and heel pain.
Fortunately, there are still ways to wear flip-flops without having to deal with painful podiatric injuries. Some companies make sandals that provide the same level of comfort as flip-flops but have much better arch support. However, most of the foot and ankle complications this type of shoe can cause can be avoided by wearing them in moderation.
"There's only 26 little bones in the feet compared to the rest of the body so if you start throwing your foot off from a biomechanical standpoint, the next thing it goes is to the knees, the next place is the hip, next place is the back so it's important that you start with your feet,” said Dr. Valerie Tallerico, a physician practicing in the Siouxland area. “Have the best shoe support that you can.”
Hammertoes are extremely debilitating and embarrassing. If you are struggling to deal with a hammertoe, speak to podiatrist Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can determine what kind of treatment you need and help you get started on the road to recovery.
Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.
It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office, located in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.
Read more about Hammertoes