4 Types Of Summer Shoes To Avoid

Summer is usually the time for your feet to get that sun exposure, and feel more open. Feeling this way can lead you in acquiring summer shoes that will cause more harm than good. The Step by Step Foot Care Clinic in Toronto, Canada has prepared an excellent article with an infographic on 4 types of summer shoes to avoid for healthy feet.

Summer is a grand adventure of freedom and fun in the sun for all who choose to enjoy it. Kids wander around barefoot in the dirt, dragging their favorite toys with them while adults slip on a pair of their favorite summer shoes and go about their day.

It sounds like all it takes is a comfy pair of flip-flops or sandals to relax comfortably in the heat. However, the long-term effects of wearing what most consider summer shoes can have quite an uncomfortable effect on the body, especially the spine.

Your Feet Require Structure

Just because summer lacks structure doesn’t mean your shoes should. For some reason, many shoe manufacturers ignore the important role supportive shoes play when it comes to maintaining a healthy spine. Fashionable shoes have become a trend resulting in more foot pain and anywhere else on the body.

Here are 4 types of summer shoes you should avoid wearing:

1 – Flat Sandals

Flat shoes of any kind don’t provide shock absorption for your feet, and wearing them could result in stress fractures in your feet and toes. Stress fractures are small cracks in the bone; in this case, they are caused by the repetitive force that occurs when your feet land on the ground without proper shock absorption.

Cracked heels are also a potential danger

Wearing flat sandals regularly makes you more susceptible to stress fractures. It can also lead to cracked heels. With sandals, you lacked the heel support. You heel support holds your heel’s fat pad in place, as you walk. When there are no support surrounding it, your heel squishes outward with every step. This squishing causes your skin to stretch out and eventually crack. Given that the summer is usually hot, if your skin is dry, you’re more likely to develop heel cracks because your skin won’t be as elastic as it should be.

Heel cracks can lead to bacterial infections

Heel cracks might not seem like a big deal when they’re small, but anytime you have an open sore, no matter how small, it’s an invitation for bacteria to get inside and create illness in the body.

Bacteria that infects cracked heels can lead to cellulitis, warts, and even athlete’s foot. Having any kind of bacterial or viral infection in your feet can be extremely painful, and can make it hard to function on a daily basis. Routine tasks that require walking or standing can become painful, and if you rely on being on your feet for work, you may end up missing some hours.

Tips to Avoid Cracked Heels and Infection

If you can’t bear the thought of leaving your beloved sandals behind, look for sandals that offer some kind of heel support or straps that wrap around your ankle. This style may not be appealing to you so consider  trading in your flat sandals for a different style that provides full support for your feet. basically, you are looking for a support you’d find in a tennis shoe.

If you do end up with a fungal infection, remember that fungal infections are contagious and can spread to other parts of your body. Be sure to keep your feet dry and don’t wear shoes that will provide the dark, damp environment fungus thrives in.

Applying a soothing peppermint and lavender balm to your heels before your day starts will increase the elasticity of your skin and keep your heels moisturized. Different balms exist in spa’s and online. You don’t even need to buy an expensive balm. You can make your own with a few drops of essential oils in a carrier oil like coconut oil. Simply add some cocoa or Shea butter to your coconut oil and you will have a good supply on hand for future use.

2- Flip-Flops

There’s a reason they’re called flip flops – that’s the sound the thin strips of rubber make when they reconnect with your foot after each step. Just like flat sandals, flip-flops don’t provide any shock absorption for your feet.

If you have sciatica, avoid flip-flops completely.

When walking in flip-flops, you have to slightly curl your toes to keep them from sliding off your feet when you walk. Walking with your toes curled shortens your stride and reduces the amount of time your feet spend in contact with the ground you’re walking on. Walking this way puts more pressure on your lower spine and can increase your sciatic pain.

Tips to Avoid Flip-flop Induced Back Problems

Never run in flip-flops. Running in flip-flops should be avoided for basic safety reasons, but it’s also hard on your feet and can cause stress fractures.

If you have to wear flip flops, find a pair with a thicker, contoured sole that will prevent you from walking with your toes curled.

Step by Step Foot care Clinic on 4 types of summer shoes to avoid

3 –  Clogs

A 2010 study on the effects of footwear and osteoarthritis of the knee concluded that wearing clogs increased the load on a person’s knees by up to 15% compared to regular walking shoes and even flip-flops. This means clogs are worse than flip-flops if you have arthritis in your knees.

4 Types of summer Shoes to Avoid - Clogs

Tips for Avoiding Painful Feet with Clogs

If you’re going to wear clogs, carry a pair of sneakers in your car, just in case. You’ll be glad you did!

4 – Chucks

Who hasn’t owned a pair of Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers at some point in their life? They might be fashionable for summer but, unfortunately, they’re absolutely flat and provide no support for any part of your feet.

Tips for Increasing Support in (almost) Any Shoe

If your favorite shoes are on this list and you’re not ready to part ways, consider using custom orthotics in your Chucks or other regular shoes (even boots).

Custom orthotics are superior to over the counter supports purchased in the store. These types are more tailored to your personal needs and care. Custom orthotic foot braces are designed to control abnormal foot function while re-establishing your proper weight distribution. It is particularly important when you walk since it will improve your overall biomechanics.

Thank You to the Step by Step Clinic for their very insightful article on the 4 types Of summer shoes to avoid.

 

Dr. Alnoor Landhi

Dr. Landhi is chiropodist at the Step by Step Foot Care Clinic in Toronto. She has published many articles on foot care and is true advocate of foot care in the Toronto area.

Ways to Revitalize Your Aging Feet

What Causes Our Feet to Age?

Like any body parts our feet get old leading to other health complications resulting in physical limitations. In order to remedy the situation, you can always revitalize your aging feet utilizing different methods.

Throughout the years our feet get a lot of abuse without even noticing it. The constant pressure and weight endured can make them prone to injuries and fatigue. You might aw well add to these foot problems, the creation  of microorganisms, and infections which may spread through your whole body.

Since our feet are often taken for granted, finding the required preventive care can be cumbersome. On many occasions, it is up to us to find the solutions addressing the required preventive care. As we go along through life, this preventive care must focus on issues such as: poor circulation, muscle and bone aches, and  infections originating bacteria’s and fungi.

Composition of our Feet

When we age, our feet have a tendency to lose this fatty protection, we’ve come accustomed to. Coupled with photo-aging, your skin on your feet becomes wrinkled and lose its natural elasticity. Your soft skin you felt when you were rubbing your feet at 20, is much more leathery and rough. This process give your feet an undesirable appearance while depreciating your health overall.

Scientists and doctors have experimented and discovered natural agents to revitalize aging feet. They emanate from essential oils and extracts from various plants. Eucalyptus is a perfect example. These agents contribute greatly in energizing and protecting our older feet.  With protected healthy feet comes a better sense of well-being and the need to be more active even happy. As you get older, it turns out to be more important. A younger and healthier appearance will also block any potential infections and illnesses.

Exfoliating your feet can help your feet immensely while giving your feet the soft and silky skin you want. You can find this article, we published on exfoliating your feet a few months ago, which could benefit you greatly.

If you look at the structure and composition of your feet, you’ll be amazed to know it encompasses 25% of all the body’s bones. In addition, to cover these bones, the thickest layer of skin can be found on your feet.  Think of your feet as the shock absorbers, the propulsion and the wheels of your car. A lot of stress is demanded from your feet daily.

Despite the fact, your feet have a generous layer of skin and a substantial amount of padding, they are also vulnerable and sensitive. You see, the soles of your feet consist of a lot of pressure-sensitive nerves. Actually, they have the most pressure-sensitive nerves than the rest of the whole body. Finally, these tactile nerve endings also occupy more room in the sensory cortex of the brain than the entire torso.

Revitalize Your Aging Feet With This Preventive Care List

Below are some important information you will need to know in order to revitalize your aging feet.

Aging Feet Information
  • While the foot is one of the most widely utilized parts of the body, most of us neglect proper foot care.
  • The feet are not only subjected to tremendous mechanical stress, they must also resist fungal and bacterial infections, ultraviolet-light exposure, dehydration, and everyday aches and pains.
  • Natural substances such as essential oils, herbal essences, antioxidants, and plant-derived fatty acids can help your feet look and feel younger.
  • Eucalyptus oil and menthol will cool and soothe foot discomfort while promoting a clean and fresh feeling.
  • Tea-derived antioxidants fight free radical-induced damage caused by toxins and maintain youthful skin structure and appearance.
  • Squalene replenishes the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Coconut oil softens skin while fighting microbial invaders. Shea butter provides skin-healing vitamin E while lessening discoloration and healing chapped skin.
  • Essential steps in optimal foot care include gently washing the feet with mild soap, exfoliating calloused skin with a scrub or pumice, patting feet dry, and regularly applying a high-quality, skin-protective foot cream.

Conclusion

Aging is not a reversible process. But it is always possible to slow it down by taking actions. Our feet, like many other body parts need to have this preventive care so it doesn’t result in further complications later in life.

Your feet deserve the best of care especially during later life when there is are risks of infection, photoaging, dehydration, and daily aches and pain. Remember as you age, those risks increase. Do the simple things like washing them regularly and using good foot cream containing natural, health-promoting ingredients.

The use of natural agents and botanical extracts should also be considered to help revitalize your aging feet. Having healthy feet will make you happier and more active.

Terry Metzger

Terry is podiatrist in the United States and is regular contributor to Foot Revitalize. His vast expertise in the foot care industry is a valuable asset to Foot Revitalize. He has been a podiatrist for the last 6 years.

Do Detox Foot Bath Really Works?

Foot Baths for your feet exists in different types and scales. You will see on the market relaxing foot bath which essentially are aimed at getting the pain and fatigue out of your feet. These foot bath are usually associated with warm water where the bubble jet activate the water to make your feet feel much better after a 15 to 20-minutes soak.

There are also what we call the Detox Foot Bath. These Foot Bath ranges in price from 100 to 250.00 depending on the brand, the features and its effectiveness. The detox foot bath have been actually increasing in popularity in the last 5 to 10 years mainly because of its long term effect. The bottom line is, do detox foot bath really work?

What are Ionic Foot Bath?

Detox foot bath are basins that work to remove toxins and heavy metals from the body. The ionic foot baths are the foot bath used to remove those toxins.  Ionic foot baths are often used in holistic health centers and spas to aid in detoxification. These spas claim these machines eliminate toxins from the body. No through assessment have been conducted expressing the opposite.

A study in Canada led by naturopath and researcher Deborah Kennedy, from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, was conducted in order to see if detox foot bath really work?. In this proof-of-principle study, they sought to measure the release of potentially toxic elements from ionic footbaths into distilled and tap water with and without feet.

Ionic Foot Bath Assessment Set Up

For this assessment, researchers used a Ionic Foot Bath called the Ion Cleanse SOLO. It is sold on the market and people can buy it anywhere.

The components of the Ion Cleanse ionic foot bath are simple. They include the SOLO device, an array, a power cord, plastic foot tub liners, and a plastic foot tub container. It has a single pre-set program to generate a 70/30 mix of positive/negative polarity in a standard 30-minute. Finally, the Ion-Cleanse SOLO footbath was set up according to the manufacturer’s instructions without feet in the tub.

We should also add the assessment was conducted with distilled and tap water to get a more accurate read.

Conduct of the Detox Foot Bath Study

When the study took place, it was conducted in two phases. the first phase was foot bath sessions without feet in it using distilled water as the source. Then, it was followed by foot bath sessions without feet but using tap water this as the source.

In the second phase, the foot bath sessions took place with feet in the basin using tap water and distiulled water. 

For all foot baths conducted within the day, throughout the study, a 105L container was used as a consistent water source. Participants placed their washed feet into the pre-filled foot tub and the SOLO device turned on. At the 30-minute session, participants removed their feet from the foot bath. The foot bath water was stirred and a sample taken and labeled.

At the end of the day, all samples were collected and couriered to the laboratory. The array was removed from the foot bath and rinsed with clean water. Once the visible residue was removed, a disinfectant was sprayed on the array as per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Several minutes later, the array was rinsed and dried with a clean towel.

In this research, they tested the application of the Ion Cleanse SOLO ionic foot bath across the lifespan of an array amongst six individuals. Each participant was exposed to four footbath sessions.

The laboratory analysis consisted of water, hair, and urine analyses performed at the CanAlt Health Laboratory Inc. The analyses were performed using a Inductively Coupled Plasma Source Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS)

Findings of the Detox Foot Bath Study

The findings were very conclusive. There were no real trace of Potentially Toxic Element (PTE) in the urine, hair or water that were analysed. Furthermore, this study revealed there were no evidence suggesting ionic foot baths enhance the elimination of toxic elements in the body whether it is from hair, urine or feet.

This study was not aimed at discouraging anybody from buying the product or any other ionic foot bath. While unlikely to cause harm or result in any increased uptake, the use of ionic footbaths may release minute quantities of PTEs in a water environment.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to submit them and we hope this article was helpful in your choice of buying an ionic foot bath or not.

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