Summer means flip flops, strappy sandals and ballet flats for many women. However, such footwear is often lacking in arch support, which may cause or exacerbate foot pain, bunions, hammer toe or plantar fasciitis.
The American Podiatric Medical Association has offered several tips to help runners maintain healthy feet despite their high-impact sport of choice.
Many people are aware that good arch support is an important part of foot health. But did you know that there are actually three arches in the foot that require stability in order to preserve balance and prevent deformity?
While it’s no doubt a great feeling to shuck socks and boots in favor of sandals when the weather starts to warm up, strappy footwear poses a catalog of foot problems, especially when feet get sweaty and swollen.
Runners often develop bunions as a result of repeated, high-impact movement in the feet, and the bony deformity can be made even worse if an athlete’s foot landing mechanics are off. Additionally, improper movement can hinder race times.
Individuals who are at risk of developing bunions – like dancers, athletes or those with a family history of the deformity – should consider preventing the bony protrusion