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Flip-Flops and Heel Pain

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When it comes to warm weather shoes, flip-flops often top the list for go-to footwear. Spring also brings a host of garage sales, and there is no shortage in the areas surrounding Hamden, CT. Let’s face it, though: flip flops and heel pain often go together. Strolling around in these flimsy “shoes” looking for hidden treasures could leave you with more than you bargained for. When heel pain arises, we must include those flimsy sandals as a possible source of the problem.

Heel pain is a common complaint we see with patients who wear flimsy flip-flops on a regular basis. To be fair, there are a few styles out there that have been specially designed to support feet with good arch support and cushioning. The reality, though, is that many of us just opt for the cheap versions that are basically a flat piece of rubber or cardboard. While they are fun and fashionable and decent for walking from the pool to your lounger chair, they should not be a standard choice for other activities. The main reason for this is because they typically provide no arch support, heel cushioning or shock absorption for your feet. Unsupported feet have to bear a lot more stress, and the force of impact of each step could lead to an injury that causes heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is one to be aware of—when the tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot becomes strained and inflamed. Tendonitis can also develop due to the lack of support.

If you have consistent heel pain and regularly wear flip-flops, ditch them for a better pair of sandals. If that doesn’t help, visit Family Foot Care & Surgery for an evaluation to find out what is going on. We have two locations to serve you—call us in Hamden, CT at (203) 876-7736 or in Milford, CT at (203) 288-4055 for an appointment today. 

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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