posted: Jun. 15, 2021.
Summer activities are heating up in Glendale. At NextGen Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know that means our patients need sandals that are comfortable, cool, good for your feet, and fashionable. Poorly designed sandals can leave your feet hurting and ruin your summer fun. Below are tips on what to look for and how to shop for the best sandals for you.
- Accommodate chronic foot problems. If you have bunions, flat feet, or another ongoing podiatric disorder, talk to our podiatrists, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, and Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, about the sandal styles that will help and not harm your feet.
- Get professionally fitted. Foot size can change as you age. Before buying new sandals or shoes, have the salesperson measure both of your feet. If one foot is larger than the other (not uncommon), buy sandals to fit the larger foot. Shoe size may not be consistent across brands. A good shoe store will have associates that know how to check that the sandal you’re considering fits well.
- Look for the seal. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) gives their seal of approval to sandals that will not harm your feet.
- Ramp up the arch support. Choose sandals that have a built-in arch in their design. It will prevent the foot from being flat, which leads to pronation (too much inward rolling of the foot as you walk) and can cause heel, knee, and back pain. You should not be able to bend a good sandal in half.
- Heel height matters. A slight heel of no higher than ¾ of an inch is a good choice because that little bit of height reduces strain on the Achilles tendon. A wedge or platform style will provide stability along with the height. If you can’t bear to part with a skinnier, “kitten” heel, it’s wise to choose a pair of sandals with an ankle strap to hold your foot in place and reduce the risk of ankle sprains.
- Make sure you’ve got the correct width. Summer heat increases swelling. Toe deformities and ingrown toenails can develop in sandals that are too narrow and squeeze toes together. Shop at the end of the day for your new sandals since that is when your feet are at their largest to ensure a comfortable fit all day.
If you have additional questions about the best footwear for you, don’t hesitate to contact us at our offices in Glendale (818) 416-3668, South Pasadena (818) 779-6140 or, Glendale (818) 756-3338.