Monday, June 20, 2011

Support Your Feet

I want to talk about feet. There are some people that don’t even like to think about their feet and I can sometimes be guilty of neglecting them, but they’re worth talking. Think about it, our feet support the weight of our entire body when we stand yet because they’re not front and center, at eye level, they’re easy to ignore, especially when they’re covered up with thick socks and heavy shoes.

The warm weather is here, though, and our feet will be exposed, either bare or in sandals for several months. In fact, I know some people who would live in flip flops for the summer if they could get away with it. But because of the flimsiness of many styles of flip flops, they can actually be bad for your feet, ankles, shins, and lower back.

Flip flops with soft, flat, rubber bottoms offer no arch support for the foot and the simple thong typical of most styles offer very little stability, making it very easy to trip, twist an ankle, or stub a toe. This lack of support can also lead to foot, leg, and back pain. In addition, in order to keep the sandal on while walking our feet must claw the sole to grip it and our gait often compensates to a new way of walking, which can also impact our feet, legs, and lower back. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be this way. There are some flip flop brands and styles that are stylish and that provide better support. You can check them out in the video below and learn the guidelines for enjoying this summer fashion staple:

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