Tips for summer sandal shopping
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Been hiding bunions and hammer toe under clunky shoes all spring? Well, it’s nearly summertime, and there’s no denying that you’re dying to give your dogs a breather from those restrictive shoes.

However, when looking for an ideal pair of sandals – i.e. one that won’t squish or exacerbate foot problems – there are a few things you should keep in mind.

First, arch support is key. It doesn’t matter that pancake-flat gladiator sandals are all the rage – you can’t wear them if they don’t support your feet. Move on and seek out a pair of sandals with a substantial foot bed, one that will absorb shock and provide arch support.

Strappy sandals can work well for women with bunions and hammer toe, but the straps shouldn’t be located directly on any bony deformities, as they might cause pain or even worsen the conditions. When you find a pair you like, be sure to walk around in them and take note of where the straps apply the most pressure, remembering that thin straps may become very painful over time if they’re too tight.

If you come up short in the sandal department, consider choosing a nice pair of flats or some trendy loafers and inserting orthotics for added support.

 

What comes first obesity or foot problems like bunions
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Physical therapy and orthotics work together to combat foot pain

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Heels with ankle straps may be preferable for ladies with foot problems

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