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Sandals and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly, but too many sandals don’t offer the correct support or protection and can leave your feet aching or lead to other issues. Don’t fret, there are still plenty of options out there that will make your podiatrist happy and look fashionable.

 

The key features to look for in a summer sandal are:

Arch Support – Perhaps the biggest complain podiatrists have about sandals is the lack of support. When your foot is not properly supported, it can lead or contribute to plantar fasciitis, fallen arches, and even ankle, knee, hip, and back pain. Sandals might be appropriate at times, but you should never plan on walking in them for long distances or periods of time as this can exacerbate issues.

READ MORE: Plantar Fasciitis

Toe Protection – Personally, I love showing off my toes in the summer (especially after my latest PediCare Salon visit!), but leaving your tootsies exposed can result in pain or injury. Stubbed or stepped on toes are common and can result in fractures and unsightly bruising. There is also a potential for cuts and abrasions or even sunburn. Choosing sandals with enclosed toes can eliminate some of these flip flop risks.

READ MORE: PediCare vs Pedicure

Materials – Choosing the right sandal all depends on the occasion, but you should always match the material of the sandal to your activity. If you’re going to be wearing your sandals around water, don’t choose leather, suede, canvass, or other materials that absorb water or are damaged by it. Make sure any straps are comfortable and wont rub to form blisters. Pay attention to the sole thickness as well; the shoe should not fold in half if you attempt to bend it.

Sandals fit properly only if your entire foot is resting on the footbed. If your heel hangs off the back or your smallest toe is falling off the side, you need a bigger size or a completely different sandal. Look for brands that boast the APMA seal of approval. This seal is granted only to products that have shown consistent benefits for foot and ankle health. To find brands with this approval click HERE, scroll down to shoes, flip flops/sandals and click. There are over 400 individual sandals to explore!

If you’re looking for the perfect summer sandals, the FAAWC offers Revere sandals for both men and women. The footbed is removable to fit your orthotics, meaning you’ll be looking good and keeping your feet (and your podiatrist) happy and supported.

READ MORE: Insoles vs Orthotics

Call or drop by today to browse our selection of perfect summer sandals.

 

 

A while back we talked about fungus and the lovely things it can do to your toenails. However, we didn’t talk about what happens when fungus infects our skin. The most common fungal infection of the foot is athlete’s foot or tinea pedis, if you want to sound really smart. Athlete’s foot was first described in a medical text dated 1888, but had probably been around for centuries. The first reported case in the United States was traced back to 1920 and may have been introduced to the US by soldiers returning from WWI.

The tinea fungus is responsible for the condition we know as athlete’s foot and there are a few important things you should know First of all, athlete’s foot is really only skin deep and therefore not generally dangerous (just uncomfortable and unsightly). The fungus enters the keratin, or first layer of skin, usually on the bottom of the foot or between the toes and starts to grow there. Usually, the keratin layer of our skin is being flaked off and replaced by the skin underneath, but the fungi responsible for athlete’s foot slow down this process and so the skin remains in a constant state of infection.

This type of fungal infection is contracted through either direct contact with an infected person or contact with a surface on which the tinea fungus is present. Behaviors that put you at risk for athlete’s foot include walking barefoot in public showers, locker rooms, or swimming pools, sharing socks or shoes with infected people, wearing tight and enclosed shoes, and keeping your feet wet for long periods of time. The easiest way to avoid issues with athlete’s foot is to avoid the above behaviors! Always wear shoes in public showers and around pools (or any wet or moist place where fungus might like to grow) and keep your feet dry and air them out every once in a while if you wear enclosed shoes for long periods of time (like athletes do).

Signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot include a painful, itchy, burning, stinging feeling between the toes or on the sole of your foot, blisters that itch, cracking and peeling skin between the toes, and discolored or thick nails that pull away from the nail bed. You may experience just one of these symptoms or all of them. Cases can range in severity, but are generally easily treatable with over the counter creams and medications. If your athlete’s foot persists or seems healed and then returns, your doctor may prescribe a topical or oral prescription anti-fungal.

Severe cases of athlete’s foot can present with other symptoms. Allergic reactions to the fungus, secondary infections, and infection spreading to the lymph system can occur and require more serious treatment. Diabetics or those with decreased sensitivity need to monitor their feet closely to check for signs of complications and should see their podiatrist immediately for a treatment plan.

Whether mild or severe, no one likes athlete’s foot. If you think you may have athlete’s foot, please contact your doctor to be sure you are not experiencing symptoms of a more serious problem. Keep your feet dry and wear your shoes to the pool. It’s that simple to avoid the itchy, burning, unsightly problem of athlete’s foot.

Most people cringe when they hear the word “fungus” and rightfully so. While there are many kinds of good fungi (mushrooms, truffles, certain cheeses), there are also a lot of very bad fungi that can mean very bad things for your feet. Fungal infections can affect almost any part of the body, but fungal infections of the toenails are very common, affecting almost 10% of the population.

A fungal infection of the toenail is called onychomycosis or tinea unguium (just in case you want to impress your friends with your fancy medical lingo). These infections develop slowly and symptoms manifest as thickening of the nails with discoloration – usually yellow, green, white, or black. The nail may also become brittle and chip or crack easily. Fungus is naturally present in and on our bodies, but the buildup of this fungus is what causes these unsightly conditions. If left untreated, the fungus can build up underneath the nail and cause pain, inflammation, and foul odor.

Fungus likes to grow in moist and dark environments, meaning anyone who wears socks and shoes can be a breeding ground for infection. Making sure you wash your feet, change your socks if they get wet or sweaty, and properly clean your shoes are all important steps to avoiding fungal nail infections. The highest factor that puts you at risk is the simple process of aging. As we age, we lose some of the circulation in our feet, our nails grow slower, and we just happen to have been around fungus longer. All of these factors along with poor hygiene for our feet can contribute to the growth of a fungal infection.

The good news is, there are plenty of ways to treat it! For minor infections that are caught early, oral medications, creams, and even medicated toe nail polishes can work wonders, but are not always successful at fully eradicating the infection. This can mean a recurring infection and permanent damage to your nails. For continuing or especially severe infections, a laser is your best treatment option.

The FAAWC laser therapy boasts a 92.7% success rate. During your initial office visit, your doctor will discuss with you which treatment package is right for you. Therapies are usually spread three to four weeks apart and can be combined with medication, specialized socks, antimicrobial shoe shields, and more. For more information about your treatment options please visit http://www.faawc.com/laser-treatment.html

Let’s make sure this year that we leave the fungus in our pantries and refrigerators where it belongs and off of our feet. Change your socks often, avoid going barefoot in damp communal places (such as swimming pools), and most importantly, come see your podiatrist if you think you make have a fungal nail infection.