Flip-Flops Notorious for Causing a Variety of Ailments
Now that summer is here, many people will be walking around with flip-flops on, which means that soon podiatrists’ offices around the country will be filled with patients suffering from heel pain, ankle injuries, and deformities like hammertoes. According to Siouxland Matters, flip-flops may even have eclipsed high heels as the most injury-causing style of footwear.
This doesn’t mean that they should never be worn, but they should certainly be used in moderation and avoided altogether during activities involving a lot of walking or exercising. Sandals that offer greater arch support can also be a safer alternative. “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 local physician. “Have the best shoe support that you can.”
Hammertoes are painful foot deformities typically caused by overuse of improper footwear. If you think that you might be suffering from a hammertoe, consider visiting podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, D.P.M. of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can treat your condition and teach you how to avoid causing more damage to your feet.
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, feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Fort Lee, NJ and Brooklyn and Flushing, NY. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to give you the best care options available.
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