Summer-style shoes cause your feet to take a beating - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Summer-style shoes cause your feet to take a beating

Dr. Tyson Green, foot and ankle surgeon at Center for Orthopedics, explains the problems with many summer-style shoes. (Source: KPLC) Dr. Tyson Green, foot and ankle surgeon at Center for Orthopedics, explains the problems with many summer-style shoes. (Source: KPLC)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The warmer weather is leading to an increase in the number of women dealing with major foot pain and it is all related to the shoes of summertime.   

Blame it on the hottest styles of summer or just wanting your feet to breathe, but spring and summer-style shoes land lots of ladies on the exam table at Center for Orthopedics, according to foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Tyson Green.

"Summer months we get people that wear real flat sandals, either with absolutely zero arch or no heel," he said, "which can be just as bad as wearing something with a high heel."

The flimsy flip flops, strappy sandals, unstable heels, and the infamous wobbly wedges: all can result in pain that strips away that summer glow.

"Plantar fasciitis, or pain in the bottom of the heel, it can lead to pain in the ball of the foot, stress fractures, there's all kinds of ways we can put added pressure on different parts of the foot," said Dr. Green.

Dr. Green says to put your best foot forward, always look for arch support.

"The number one priority for me is to take that pressure and redirect it elsewhere, whether it's taking pressure off the forefoot and putting it more in the arch," he said.  "Same thing with the heel, bringing it up into the arch area so that we don't put added pressure on those areas."

The cushion-less flats?  Bad idea, says Dr. Green, but you can find a stylish substitute.

"Finding something that does have some cushion and some give to it, to where something like this that has a slow release to it, I think that will help with some of that metatarsalgia, the pain in the ball of the foot and also some of that heel pain, I think that's a good compromise," said Dr. Green.

Summer shoes might also have you getting a pedicure.  Dr. Green says grooming your feet is good hygiene, but you need to make sure your salon sterilizes equipment with an autoclave to prevent spreading infections.

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