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Prevent Pain with the Right Summer Footwear

Summer Footwear Tips

Is your summer already filled with warm-weathered plans, such as hiking an outdoor trail, visiting the beach, hitting the golf course, or attending an outdoor concert?

As you participate in these activities, you may find that your feet are in pain and starting to impair your movement. Learn how to prevent this from occurring to enjoy your summer season to the fullest extent.

1. Choose Shoes That Promote Proper Arch Support

When selecting any footwear this season, try to choose those that promote proper arch support. Most summer shoes (including sandals, espadrilles, and sneakers) are at a low level and provide little-to-no arch support.

If your foot arch falls over time, your legs, knees, and hips will begin to rotate inward, impacting your posture.

When selecting your summer footwear, choose pairs with arch support and cushioning on the bottom or that have room for an insole.

2. Prioritize Ankle Support During Activities & Limit Flip-Flop Use

According to market research, the market leader for summer shoes is, of course, flip-flops.

“The global flip-flops market size was valued at USD 17.8 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow 4.2% by 2025,” stated the study completed by Grand View Research. These statistics show little chance for the product demand to lower over the next few summers.

If you opt to wear sandals this summer, choose those with straps that hold the foot in place.

When you choose shoes that specialize in ankle support, your feet will be equipped to accommodate walking on uneven surfaces or long distances at a time. With better ankle support, you are more likely to develop muscle strength and prevent sprains from occurring.

3. If You Go to the Beach, Wear Swim Shoes

Summer feet, summer heat! The beach is a happening spot in the summer. Wearing swim shoes during your beach trip can provide a plethora of benefits for your feet but mainly offer protection from bacteria in sand and items throughout the beach you can step on.

Swim shoes will also protect your feet from sunburn and slipping on wet surfaces. Additionally, swim shoes can prevent feet from swelling.

Feet swell in the heat due to blood vessels dilating. To prevent this from happening, try the following:

  • If you are outside, stay hydrated and drink plenty of water
  • Remain active
  • Elevate your feet after extensive walks, hikes, or exercise
  • Stay out of extreme heat
  • Refrain from high-sodium foods

Our Recommendations For Summer Shoes

Below are some podiatry-recommended shoes for different activities that will support you all summer long.

For Hiking: KURU Footwear CHICANE Series

KURU is a footwear brand specializing in proprietary support soles, specifically for those suffering from Plantar Fasciitis, heel pain, bone spurs, or flat feet.

For Summer Evening Walks: Brooks Running Adrenaline GTS 22 Series

Brooks Running brands provide shoes for running, walking, hiking, and more. The Adrenaline GTS 22 Series provides GuideRails® for arch support and support for your knees and hips for long strolls.

For the Casual, Female Fashionistas: ECCO Flowt Women’s Flat Sandal

ECCO shoes are known for their support around the heel and arch, highlighting comfortable straps for ankle support.

For the Casual, Male Fashionistas: ECCO 2nd Cozmo Two Band Slide

ECCO shoes also include FLUIDFORM™ injections and moisture-absorbing microfiber to keep your feet fresh and healthy.

For the Beach-Goers: The North Face Skagit Water Shoe

This swim shoe series enhances foot health while at the beach with mono-mesh screens to protect your feet from debris and has a removable footbed insert for support.

For the Golfers: SKECHERS Men’s and Women’s GO GOLF Arch Fit Series

The GO GOLF series includes “podiatrist-designed shapes developed with 20 years of data and 120,000 unweighted foot scans.”

Place Your Feet in Trusted Hands at New York Foot Center

If you are curious to learn more about proper footwear, New York Foot Center can help! Our experienced podiatry team has specialized in high-quality foot and ankle care for over 30 years.

We offer state-of-the-art technology and treatments for various podiatry services, including general foot care, bunions/calluses/corns treatment, sports medicine, and more!

Call the New York Foot Center today at (917) 809-6318 or visit us online to schedule your appointment.

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