With the warm sunny weather we have been experiencing many of you have hauled out last years flops and are already wearing them all day.
Just a few tips that may make you think about how they affect your health.
Take a look underneath at the bottom of the flip flops and see if it is worn on one side more than the other, are you walking with your feet turned in this is known as pronation?
Some pronation is necesssary when walking but when excessive pronation occurs the foot arch flattens out and stretches the muscles, tendons and ligaments underneath the foot.
If you are walking on the outside of your foot this is known as supination. A natural amount of supination occurs as the heel lifts off the ground and the front of your foot and toes are used to propel the body forward. However, excessive supination places a large strain on the muscles and tendons that stabilize the ankle and can lead to the ankle rolling completely over, resulting in an ankle sprain or total ligament rupture.
Excessive rolling of the ankles can lead to uncomfortable or painful conditions such as:
- Arch pain
- Heel pain
- Flat feet
- Corns and calluses
- Ankle sprains
- Shin Splints
- Achilles tendonitis
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Back pain
Instead of spending money on expensive treatments such as physiotherapy, chiropractic or osteopathy, take care of your feet at ground level and spend a little more on a sandle with a small heel and support around your ankle for a pain free spring in your step.