With summer fun often comes summer fouls. Here’s how to sidestep a seasonal ailment so you can savour your summer days.
Why? Flip flops have become a summer staple, but they’re actually horrible for you. Because of the way flip flops are shaped, one needs to grasp the shoes onto your feet, which forces us to walk differently and could cause other problems with legs, knees, hips and backs. This can cause tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, heel pain, and other musculo-skeleton problems. Not to mention the opportunities for toe-stubbing that come with having exposed toes.
What to do: If you must wear flip flops, try purchasing brands which are designed to offer more support, shock absorption, and skin coverage (even feet need protection from the summer sun).
Symptoms of Extensor Tendinitis: Symptoms of extensor tendonitis include pain on the top of the foot which is made worse during running. A person may feel pain when the tendons are stretched by curling the toes and there may also be some diffuse swelling over the top of the foot.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis: Symptoms of the plantar fasciitis include a gradual onset of pain under the heel which may radiate into the foot. Tenderness is usually felt under and on the inside of the heel which is initially worse first in the morning but eases as the foot warms up only to return later in the day or after exercise. Stretching the plantar fascia may be painful.