House Call: Preparing for Sandals and Summer Footwear

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Summer is just around the corner, and people are already beginning to wear sandals and flip-flops.

Unfortunately, foot injury often comes paired with the change in weather and footwear.  Many sandals and flip-flops are flat, providing little to no foot support. When people walk far distances in this type of footwear, it can lead to severe foot pain, and even tendonitis.

For the summer season, try to find a pair of sandals with good arch support, as opposed to a completely flat sandal. It is okay to wear flat sandals and flip-flops; just avoid walking significant distances in them.

It is also important to be more cautious of toe and foot injuries when wearing open-toed shoes. Trauma to the toes can often cause nail disease.

It is also important to protect your skin when wearing sandals. The skin on the feet is often unexposed to sunlight throughout the winter months, therefore it is much more susceptible to sunburn.  Remember to apply high SPF sunscreen on the feet anytime you are wearing shoes that allow sun exposure.

If you are experiencing any pain in the feet, it is important to get them checked out and properly treated by a podiatrist.  Our community is fortunate, as Cone Health has an exceptional network of podiatrists and related healthcare providers dedicated to educating individuals about proper footwear, and caring for patients with foot problems or conditions.

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. Norman Regal is a podiatrist at Triad Foot Center and a member of the Cone Health Medical Staff.  Dr. Regal received his medical degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. His residency training was completed at the Baptist Memorial Specialty Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. In practice since 1987, Dr. Regal is certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.